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CH3COOH vs CH3OH Acid Strength

Posted: Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:36 pm
by Briana Lopez 4K
Why is CH3COOH a stronger acid than CH3OH?

Re: CH3COOH vs CH3OH Acid Strength

Posted: Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:42 pm
by Jada Larson 1F
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.

Re: CH3COOH vs CH3OH Acid Strength

Posted: Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:49 pm
by Priscilla Okaiteye
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.