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A sample of solid ammonium chloride, NH4Cl, is dissolved in water. The solution formed was found to be acidic. Can you please explain why the solution is acidic?

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  1. The ammonium ion (NH4^+) is hydrolyzed according to this equation.
    NH4^+ + H2O ==> H3O^+ + NH3
    (H3O^+) = acidic

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