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How will you justify water is a compound?

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August 31, 2010 7:44AM

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Water is made up of elements Hydrogen and Oxygen with the chemical formula: H2O. It can easily be disassociated with electrolysis into the elements Hydrogen (H2) and Oxygen (O2), and reformed with combustion.

It has aspects of both covalent and ionic bonds. It is generally considered neutral, but can be a proton donor to act as a weak acid. H2O --> HO- + H+.

It can also act as a weak base, being a proton acceptor. H2O + H+ --> H3O+.