Electron donating properties of CH3  [ENDORSED]

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Electron donating properties of CH3

Postby Sara Sadrolsadat 1G » Sat Dec 08, 2018 2:24 pm

For question 12.53 in the 6th edition, its asks where CH3COOH or CH2O2 is the stronger acid. The solutions manual says the CH2O2 is because CH3 has electron donating properties which makes it less electron withdrawing than H. But how is CH3 electron withdrawing? Couldn't it be the case that C is more electronegative than H, and therefore more electron withdrawing to stabilize the conjugate base?

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Re: Electron donating properties of CH3  [ENDORSED]

Postby Chem_Mod » Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:50 am

CH3 groups are always electron donating. This is just a property of this methyl group.

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