Electronegativity

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Germar G 4F
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Electronegativity

Postby Germar G 4F » Sun Dec 02, 2018 2:35 pm

How does electronegativity affect the strength of an acid/base? I don't understand exactly why a higher electronegativity means a stronger acid. Can someone explain this please?

Jonathan Zhao 4H
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Re: Electronegativity

Postby Jonathan Zhao 4H » Sun Dec 02, 2018 3:01 pm

Higher electronegativity allows for easier dissociation. A strong acid completely dissociates in water, so the higher the electronegativity, the stronger the acid.

hazelyang2E
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Re: Electronegativity

Postby hazelyang2E » Sun Dec 02, 2018 4:32 pm

It may also help for you to think of electronegativity as how badly an atom wants to form a bond or how strongly an atom attracts an electron pair. Because of this, an acid with a high electronegativity will dissociate completely in water, making it a strong acid.


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