Lewis/Bronsted acids and bases

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Miriam Sheetz 2B
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Lewis/Bronsted acids and bases

Postby Miriam Sheetz 2B » Sat Dec 01, 2018 9:30 pm

What is the difference between Lewis and Bronsted acids and bases?

Julia Go 2L
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Re: Lewis/Bronsted acids and bases

Postby Julia Go 2L » Sat Dec 01, 2018 9:31 pm

There are two different definitions of acids and bases:
1) Lewis acid and base
2) Bronsted acid and base

By definition, lewis acids and bases are defined in terms of being able to accept or donate electron pairs. In comparison, Bronsted acids and bases are defined in terms of being able to accept or donate hydrogen ions.

Although these definitions differ, they are complementary.

Emily Li 4A
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Re: Lewis/Bronsted acids and bases

Postby Emily Li 4A » Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:07 pm

Julia Go 4E wrote:There are two different definitions of acids and bases:
1) Lewis acid and base
2) Bronsted acid and base

By definition, lewis acids and bases are defined in terms of being able to accept or donate electron pairs. In comparison, Bronsted acids and bases are defined in terms of being able to accept or donate hydrogen ions.

Although these definitions differ, they are complementary.


To clarify, does this mean that Bronsted acids and bases can be considered as Lewis, while not all Lewis acids and bases can be Bronsted?


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