12.13.A Significance of lone pairs in determining Lewis acid/base?

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Alexander Hari 1L
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12.13.A Significance of lone pairs in determining Lewis acid/base?

Postby Alexander Hari 1L » Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:26 pm

NH3 Lewis structure shows 1 lone pair on N. The answer key has this molecule listed as a lewis base. Is this because of the lone pair? Can someone explain this?

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Re: 12.13.A Significance of lone pairs in determining Lewis acid/base?

Postby Adilene Gonzalez 1J » Mon Jun 04, 2018 9:47 pm

NH3 is a lewis base because Nitrogen can donate its lone pair of electrons.

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Re: 12.13.A Significance of lone pairs in determining Lewis acid/base?

Postby Luis Avalos 1D » Tue Jun 05, 2018 6:10 pm

Lewis acids are lone pair acceptors while bases are donors. This means that if a molecule has a lone pair on the central atom, it will be a lewis base, just like ammonia.

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Re: 12.13.A Significance of lone pairs in determining Lewis acid/base?

Postby kimberlysanchez-1E » Tue Jun 05, 2018 8:13 pm

Thanks for the clarification!!


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