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If I put lemon juice in one cup, ammonia in another would I have made a battery? Answered

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I couldn't fit all of this in the question box so PLEASE READ BEFORE COMMENTING. I read that acids put in water release H+ Ions and bases put in water release OH- Ions. If I put water proportionate to the amount of what I have in the cup, and added wires to connect to a circuit, would I have made a battery?

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steveastrouk (author)2011-10-26

No. Where's the circuit ?

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seandogue (author)steveastrouk2011-10-27

+1.

To expound on Steve's erm...brief retort....

An electrical circuit has a closed loop in which electricity flows. You have what's known in electronics as an open circuit, which by definition has no current flow.

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rickharris (author)2011-10-27

Electricity is the flow of electrons from negative to positive. In your set up at best you have a capacitor and worst nothing will happen as Steve says where is the circuit.

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iceng (author)2011-10-26

You probably need a semipermeable membrane between the solutions and metals to react chemically to battery yourself better then ancient Egyptians.

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Super_Nerd (author)iceng2011-10-26
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lemonie (author)Super_Nerd2011-10-26


Semipermeable membrane like alkali metals?
No, not at all like.

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lemonie (author)2011-10-26


Acid-base chemistry is about hydrogen-bonding, it's not an electrochemical REDOX.
Acid-base equilibria are governed by ion-concentration, they don't move unless the ions are in the same cup.
No.

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