Amphiprotic vs. amphoteric

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Nadeen 3D
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Amphiprotic vs. amphoteric

Postby Nadeen 3D » Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:11 am

What is the difference between Amphiprotic vs. amphoteric? and if you can please give an example.

anthony_trieu2L
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Re: Amphiprotic vs. amphoteric

Postby anthony_trieu2L » Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:20 am

Amphoteric compounds are essentially any compound that can act as an acid or base. Amphiprotic compounds are also amphoteric compounds, but more specially refer to compounds having the ability to either donate or accept a proton.

Chris Freking 2G
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Re: Amphiprotic vs. amphoteric

Postby Chris Freking 2G » Fri Dec 07, 2018 2:13 am

I understand that all amphiprotic compounds can be amphoteric compounds. But what is an example of an amphoteric compound that is not amphiprotic?

Mikka Hoffman 1C
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Re: Amphiprotic vs. amphoteric

Postby Mikka Hoffman 1C » Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:59 am

Here's a resource I found helpful: https://www.chemguide.co.uk/physical/ac ... ories.html
Basically amphoteric compounds are not necessarily amphiprotic because some Lewis acids and bases can act as both acids and bases but don't necessarily donate/accept hydrogen ions


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