Lewis vs Bronsted Acids

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VictoriaRoderick_3A
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Lewis vs Bronsted Acids

Postby VictoriaRoderick_3A » Mon Nov 23, 2015 9:29 pm

How can you tell whether an acid is a Lewis or Bronsted acid? Does it have anything to do with whether the acid is a product or reactant?

I'm really confused on determining this.

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Victoria

Roshni Kumar 1E
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Re: Lewis vs Bronsted Acids

Postby Roshni Kumar 1E » Mon Nov 23, 2015 10:42 pm

You can tell whether an acid is a Lewis or Bronsted acid based on what it accepts or gives away. A Bronsted acid is a proton donor, in which it gives away H+ and a Lewis acid, it is an electron acceptor.

KenishaJohnson_1L
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Re: Lewis vs Bronsted Acids

Postby KenishaJohnson_1L » Mon Nov 30, 2015 12:11 am

A Lewis acid will accept an electron, while a Bronsted acid will give away a proton. If an acid gives away, it's Bronsted and if it accepts it is Lewis.

Carmille Vega 1C
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Re: Lewis vs Bronsted Acids

Postby Carmille Vega 1C » Fri Dec 04, 2015 4:47 pm

An acid can also be both a Lewis Acid and a Bronsted Acid; it also doesn't have to do with whether it is a product or reactant.


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