Draw the Lewis structure of boric acid, B(OH)3. (a) Is resonance important for its description? (b) The proton transfer equilibrium for boric acid is given in a footnote to Table 6C.1. In that reaction does boric acid act as a Lewis acid, a Lewis base, or neither? Justify your answer by using Lewis structures of boric acid and its conjugate base.
Does anyone have any suggestion as to how to approach this problem? I'm slightly confused as to why B(OH)3 acts like an acid due to its pKa value, which is over 7 (9.13)