Donating Proton vs Accepting Electron

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Amir Bayat
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Donating Proton vs Accepting Electron

Postby Amir Bayat » Sun Dec 01, 2019 1:01 pm

What is the difference between donating a proton vs accepting an electron?

I know this defines the difference between Lewis acids and bases and Bronsted acids and bases, but what is the difference conceptually?

Wilson 2E
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Re: Donating Proton vs Accepting Electron

Postby Wilson 2E » Sun Dec 01, 2019 1:11 pm

They are essentially just different ways of saying the same thing. An acid loses it's hydrogen (proton) in water to form hydronium (H3O), and in exchange gains the electron lone pair from the water molecule it interacts with.

Tahlia Mullins
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Re: Donating Proton vs Accepting Electron

Postby Tahlia Mullins » Sun Dec 01, 2019 6:59 pm

This is a great example of how the interaction works and how the definitions of lewis and bronsted acids/bases can be applied to a real scenario.

Lauren Sanchez 3D
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Re: Donating Proton vs Accepting Electron

Postby Lauren Sanchez 3D » Sun Dec 01, 2019 9:19 pm

Being a proton donor and an electron acceptor are the same thing because once the acid donates or loses a proton, it can then accept an electron pair.

Yiyang Jen Wang 4G
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Re: Donating Proton vs Accepting Electron

Postby Yiyang Jen Wang 4G » Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:16 pm

They both talk about the same thing just with two different concepts, one based one proton and on based on electron. As an acid donates a proton, it can be also viewed as accepting an electron.


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