Are Bronsted and Lewis acids the same thing?

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Henry_Phan_4L
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Are Bronsted and Lewis acids the same thing?

Postby Henry_Phan_4L » Sun Dec 02, 2018 10:18 am

Are Bronsted and Lewis acids the same thing just with different names? Would H2SO4 be considered a Bronsted acid and a Lewis acid?

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Re: Are Bronsted and Lewis acids the same thing?

Postby Schuyler_Howell_4D » Sun Dec 02, 2018 10:27 am

Yes, they are the same thing. The difference is just what characteristic of the molecule you are using to define it as an acid or base. A Lewis acid is a molecule that accepts electrons, a Bronsted acid is a molecule that donates a proton. An acid will have both of these characteristics.

H2SO4 is an acid. It's common name is Sulfuric acid.

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Re: Are Bronsted and Lewis acids the same thing?

Postby Milena Aragon 2B » Sun Dec 02, 2018 1:13 pm

Schuyler_Howell_4D wrote:Yes, they are the same thing. The difference is just what characteristic of the molecule you are using to define it as an acid or base. A Lewis acid is a molecule that accepts electrons, a Bronsted acid is a molecule that donates a proton. An acid will have both of these characteristics.

H2SO4 is an acid. It's common name is Sulfuric acid.


How would we be able to distinguish a Lewis Acid from a Bronsted Acid if we're given a molecule?


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