## chasetucker 3 years ago Using chemical equations, show how the triprotic acid H3PO4 ionizes in water. Phases, such as (l) or (aq), are optional.

1. chasetucker

I'm not exactly sure how to approach this problem. Can someone please set me in the right direction?

2. BTaylor

it ionizes multiple ways: $H_3PO_4 \rightarrow H^+ + H_2PO_4^-$$H_3PO_4 \rightarrow 2H^+ + HPO_4^{2-}$$H_3PO_4 \rightarrow 3H^+ + HPO_4^{3-}$