Talk:Acid salt

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Acid salts[edit]

Sodium bicarbonate? The article says that "acid salts" have acidic properties, but sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) is a weak base.

Good catch Mr. Anonymous. I reverted the changes. It looks like whoever edited the chemical names does not know how to read formulas or was enganged in some subtle vandalism. It is possible they assumed that since Baking powder contains an acid salt that Baking soda was the Acid Salt. (rather than being the base in the mix) --Darkfred Talk to me 23:35, 17 February 2006 (UTC)
This is an old discussion, but I want to leave a note. Actually, the person you reverted did not read formulas wrong. The names you removed are correct (older) names that are more commonly used. "... hydrogen carbonate" is just a recently-made IUPAC recommended name for bicarbonate. You can see that the sodium bicarbonate article is still named "sodium bicarbonate". Same with sodium bisulfate, etc. I put the links back in without changing the names. And sodium bicarbonate (or sodium hydrogen carbonate if you prefer) is indeed baking soda, which is basic; and which is also an acid salt. This is not inconsistent; acid salts are not necessarily acidic. --Spoon! 06:20, 6 March 2007 (UTC)
In fact, this is a very poorly written article. Whoever wrote it seems to have a general understanding of many things, but a precise understanding of comparatively little. I made a couple of small changes but do not feel like rewriting the whole thing, which should be done. - (talk) 23:08, 8 April 2010 (UTC)


Parts of this are taken verbatim from [1] and needs to be referenced as such. There are also inaccuracies on this page: only a strong acid and a strong base will give a neutral salt. Olin 15:37, 7 April 2006 (UTC)

hmm, but simply stating it this way is also a bit misleading as well, since adding a hydrogen or hydroxide ion to the mix ruins the neutrality. And said ion could still be neutralized in the case of a strong acid and a weak base etc. If you can say it better go for it. I just said usually and linked to Acid and Salts (which should explain it, although I haven't checked). This article is still a stub IMHO and i am not an expert so really don't fell confident in extending it myself much further. --Darkfred Talk to me 21:38, 7 April 2006 (UTC)

high-temperature salt[edit]

What is a high-temperature and a low-temperature salt? Olin 20:36, 21 April 2006 (UTC)

  • I have no idea. Perhaps it is related to metallurgy. --Darkfred Talk to me 23:08, 21 April 2006 (UTC)
I've added a bit of explanation for those terms. -- Ed (Edgar181) 16:46, 27 February 2008 (UTC)