I'm in high school studying about Buffer Solutions. We had an example of a solution made up of Ammonium Hydroxide and Ammonium Chloride for a Basic Buffer.
NH4OH ⇌ NH4 (+) + OH(-)
NH4Cl ⇌ NH4 (+) + Cl(-)
What is up with the reversible sign? Do the compounds, once dissolved in water, break into ions, and then form the reactants again? This is a petty doubt perhaps, but I need conceptual clarity.
Now, if I add a strong acid, the H(+) would be accepted by the OH(-) from Ammonium Hydroxide, right? But then where would the Cl(-) go?
And if I add a strong base, the OH(-) will be accepted by an Ammonium ion. What about the rest of the ions? Do they just stay suspended? Or do they react or something, and form the reactants once again?
Say, I want to mix something else in there, shouldn't it technically react and form newer compounds?