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Gabriella Bates 2L
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Postby Gabriella Bates 2L » Mon Dec 02, 2019 2:16 pm

Which is the stronger base, the hypobromite ion, BrO2, or morphine, C17H19O3N? Justify your answer.

How would you answer this question? Thank you

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Re: 6C.17

Postby anjali41 » Mon Dec 02, 2019 2:38 pm

I would say that hypobromite is the stronger base. The justification might be due to electronegativity of the elements making up the molecule. In general, Br and O seem to be more electronegative than C H N and O.

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Re: 6C.17

Postby Ruby Tang 2J » Mon Dec 02, 2019 7:07 pm

Additionally, BrO- is the conjugate base of a weak acid (hypobromous acid HBrO), so it must be a pretty strong base. Another thing to consider is that the defining basic characteristic of morphine is the N atom with its lone pair, and compounds like these generally make for relatively weak bases.

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