Difference between Bronsted and Lewis

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Tiffany Chao 2H
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Difference between Bronsted and Lewis

Postby Tiffany Chao 2H » Fri Nov 29, 2019 3:45 pm

What's the difference between a Bronsted acid/base and a Lewis acid/base? It seems that they're opposite of each other but that's making me confused. Thanks

ishaa Diwakar 4E
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Re: Difference between Bronsted and Lewis

Postby ishaa Diwakar 4E » Fri Nov 29, 2019 3:49 pm

A bronsted acid is a proton donor, and the base is a proton acceptor. A Lewis acid is a lone pair acceptor while the base is a lone pair donor. The "opposite" part is just that the "donor" and "acceptor" titles for acids and bases are the opposite for the two categories.

Ashley Kim 3F
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Re: Difference between Bronsted and Lewis

Postby Ashley Kim 3F » Fri Nov 29, 2019 5:56 pm

The difference between Bronsted and Lewis acids and bases is in the way that they describe the actions of an acid and base. The Bronsted definition has to do with proton transfer while the Lewis definition has to do with electron lone pairs.


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