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Amphoteric clarification

Posted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:53 am
by Cienna Henry 1J
An amphoteric compound can only act as an acid or a base at once, correct? It can't act as both at the same time right?

Re: Amphoteric clarification

Posted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:37 am
by Julia Lee
Yes, that is correct.

Re: Amphoteric clarification

Posted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:03 am
by anishathomas
Yes. One amphoteric molecule could be H20 but that still can't act both as a base or acid. It depends whether the other molecule reacting with water is more basic or acidic.

Re: Amphoteric clarification

Posted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:06 am
by Saman Andalib 1H
Yes, it is highly unlikely for an amphoteric molecule to act as both an acid and a base at one time because it would require the simultaneous donation and acceptance of a hydrogen ion by that molecule.

Re: Amphoteric clarification

Posted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:14 am
by Yixiao Hu 3C
Yes. It depends on the reaction you have.

Re: Amphoteric clarification

Posted: Sat Dec 08, 2018 12:15 pm
by Nick Bazett 1F
Any molecule that is amphoteric is also amphiprotic