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Amphiprotic vs amphoteric

Posted: Fri Dec 06, 2019 3:12 am
by Hannah Lee 2F
What's the difference between the two terms? Are they normally used interchangeably?

Re: Amphiprotic vs amphoteric

Posted: Fri Dec 06, 2019 3:16 am
by Juliet Stephenson 4E
Amphiprotic (think proton) refers to a molecule that can donate or accept a proton. Of course, this means that it can act as both an acid and a base. Amphoteric means the same thing but the term is a little more general, whereas amphiprotic is referring to the specific idea of protonation/deprotonation.

For all intents and purposes, they mean the same thing.

Re: Amphiprotic vs amphoteric

Posted: Fri Dec 06, 2019 9:34 am
by Daniel Toscano 1L
Amphoteric means that a molecule can act as either an acid or a base. Amphiprotic describes a molecule that can donate or accept a proton. Water is a good example of an amphoteric molecule that is also amphiprotic. Also, although an amphiprotic molecule is always amphoteric, an amphoteric molecule is not always amphiprotic

Re: Amphiprotic vs amphoteric

Posted: Fri Dec 06, 2019 10:15 am
by Siya Shah 1J
An amphiprotic species refers to the characteristic of being able to act as both an acid and a base. Amphoteric refers to the same thing, but an amphiprotic substance is an amphoteric substance that transfers H+ ions.