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Bronsted vs Lewis

Posted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 6:15 pm
by Kristina Nguyen 1C
Can someone remind me the difference between the two?

Re: Bronsted vs Lewis

Posted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 6:18 pm
by Sara Varadharajulu
if im correct a bronsted base is a proton acceptor and a bronstead acid is a proton donor.
a lewis acid is an electron donor and a lewis base is an electron acceptor.

Re: Bronsted vs Lewis

Posted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 6:22 pm
by Srbui Azarapetian 2C
A Bronsted acid is a proton donor, and a Bronsted base is a proton acceptor. A Lewis acid is an electron acceptor, and a base is an electron donor.

Re: Bronsted vs Lewis

Posted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 6:27 pm
by Ozhen Atoyan 1F
To add to the previous posts, the Lewis Acids/Bases are referring to electrons, while the Bronsted Acids/Bases are referring to protons. That is the main difference between them. Also if you compare them, Bronsted is opposite to Lewis in terms of accepting or donating.

Re: Bronsted vs Lewis

Posted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 6:50 pm
by Chloe Blume 1F
In what scenarios do elements use their bronsted definition and when do they use their lewis definition? In other words, are there certain types of reactions that use one of the definitions more often?

Re: Bronsted vs Lewis

Posted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 8:01 pm
by Belle Calforda3f
while lewis and bronsted acids and bases are reversed in roles- Lewis acids accept while bronzed acids donate- the main difference is that Lewis acids and bases involve the donation and acceptance of electrons while bronzed acids and bases are talking about protons.

Re: Bronsted vs Lewis

Posted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 2:27 pm
by Humza_Khan_2J
Chloe Blume 1F wrote:In what scenarios do elements use their bronsted definition and when do they use their lewis definition? In other words, are there certain types of reactions that use one of the definitions more often?


Generally, we're just asked if a certain molecule or compound in a reaction is a Lewis/Bronsted acid/base. You go based off the aforementioned definitions and then figure out what it is.