Classification of Lewis Acids and Bases

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Susanna Givan 2B
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Classification of Lewis Acids and Bases

Postby Susanna Givan 2B » Sun Nov 15, 2020 11:35 pm

What are the main distinctions between lewis acids and bases and how do you classify it?

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Re: Classification of Lewis Acids and Bases

Postby sabrina ghalambor 2J » Sun Nov 15, 2020 11:40 pm

a lewis acid would be an electron acceptor and a lewis base would be an electron donor.
lewis acids can also be: a molecule w electron-deficient central atoms, polar double bonds, and cations.
lewis bases can be any atom/molecule with extra electrons or molecules with a lone pair
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Re: Classification of Lewis Acids and Bases

Postby Kelly Tran 1J » Sun Nov 15, 2020 11:40 pm

A main distinction between lewis acids and bases is whether they accept or donate a lone pair of electrons. Lewis acids are lone pair acceptors since they require a lone pair to achieve an octet. Lewis bases are lone pair donors since they have a lone pair available that can be accepted by a lewis base.

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Re: Classification of Lewis Acids and Bases

Postby Jiapeng Han 1C » Fri Dec 04, 2020 10:40 pm

The main distinction would be that a Lewis acid has empty orbitals while a Lewis base has lone pairs of electrons. So that's why we say Lewis acid is electron acceptor while Lewis base is electron donor.

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Re: Classification of Lewis Acids and Bases

Postby jessicasilverstein1F » Sat Dec 05, 2020 1:49 pm

the main difference is that a lewis acid is an electron acceptor and a lewis base is an electron donor

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Re: Classification of Lewis Acids and Bases

Postby Kyle Dizon 3A » Sun Dec 06, 2020 9:42 am

The way I understood it is to understand that Lewis Acids need the electron that makes them the acceptor because their orbitals or “cloud” is empty. The Lewis Bases have electrons in their cloud that they are able to donate once there is bond that is made.


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