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NH3

Posted: Sun Dec 08, 2019 3:49 pm
by Ami_Pant_4G
If a molecule has NH3 is it safe to assume it is a base?

Re: NH3

Posted: Sun Dec 08, 2019 3:53 pm
by Chris Tai 1B
NH3 is more complicated since it can act as both an acid and a base, just like water. If it donates a proton, it becomes NH2-, and if it accepts a proton, it becomes NH4+. So, NH3 is technically amphiprotic, meaning it's hard to determine if it'll always be a base (it depends on the solution it's in).

Re: NH3

Posted: Sun Dec 08, 2019 4:09 pm
by emma brinton_3B
NH3 can be both an acid or a base so its amphiprotic and will depend on the situation.

Re: NH3

Posted: Sun Dec 08, 2019 4:55 pm
by Snigdha Uppu 1G
NH3 is a molecule that is amphoteric so it can act as a base or acid. Therefore, you can not assume anything.

Re: NH3

Posted: Sun Dec 08, 2019 6:58 pm
by Natalie C 1K
you cannot assume it is a base because it is amphiprotic (it can act as an acid or a base)

Re: NH3

Posted: Sun Dec 08, 2019 7:32 pm
by Mallika Chimpiri 3K
NH3 is amphiprotic, meaning it can act as a base or an acid, so you have to look at the reaction!