CH3COOH vs CH3OH Acid Strength

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Briana Lopez 4K
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CH3COOH vs CH3OH Acid Strength

Postby Briana Lopez 4K » Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:36 pm

Why is CH3COOH a stronger acid than CH3OH?

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Re: CH3COOH vs CH3OH Acid Strength

Postby Jada Larson 1F » Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:42 pm

Briana Lopez 1K wrote:Why is CH3COOH a stronger acid than CH3OH?


CH3COOH is a stronger acid because when it donates a proton, the resulting compound it forms is more stable due to delocalization of electrons. This is evident when you draw the Lewis structure, as the resulting compound has resonance.

When the proton in CH3OH is lost, the electrons will not be able to delocalize.

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Re: CH3COOH vs CH3OH Acid Strength

Postby Priscilla Okaiteye » Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:49 pm

One compound is more likely to give away that H+ than the other. CH3OOH has its hydrogens delocalized more so it's easier for them to leave making it the better acid.


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