How to determine if compound is bronsted acid/based

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How to determine if compound is bronsted acid/based

Postby KarenaKaing_1D » Fri Nov 27, 2015 1:16 am

If only the compound is given, how do you know if it is a bronsted acid or base? Are those compounds just something you memorize? If so, is there an easy way to memorize them?

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Re: How to determine if compound is bronsted acid/based

Postby Chem_Mod » Fri Nov 27, 2015 2:33 am

This previous response may be helpful: https://lavelle.chem.ucla.edu/forum/viewtopic.php?f=57&t=3119&

As you go through practice problems, certain acids and bases will become familiar so there wouldn't be a need to actively memorize them per se. A lot of the time it comes down to recognizing whether or not something can or will be stabilized by adding/subtracting hydrogen atoms. For example, in the classic case of NH3 you can look at the lone pair on nitrogen and see it as a potential binding point for a hydrogen atom.


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