Organic vs Inorganic Acids

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Organic vs Inorganic Acids

Postby Jedrick Zablan 3L » Sun Nov 24, 2019 2:42 am

Why do organic acid tend to be weaker than inorganic acids? What is the difference in their structure?

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Re: Organic vs Inorganic Acids

Postby SnehinRajkumar1L » Sun Nov 24, 2019 11:44 am

In organic acids, the hydrogen is bonded to an oxygen which is bonded to a carbon. So, the electronegativity of the oxygen is decreased because it is also sharing electrons with carbon, and thus, the hydrogen is harder to remove. With inorganic acids, the hydrogen is bonded to a highly electronegative atom, and thus, has a stronger dipole moment that interacts with water better than those of organic acids.

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