Conjugate Base of CH3COOH

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Angelica Mercado 1A
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Conjugate Base of CH3COOH

Postby Angelica Mercado 1A » Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:30 pm

I know that the formula for the conjugate base of CH3COOH would simply be created by removing an H+ ion which leaves us with CH3COO- but I'm wondering if writing it like CH3COO- is incorrect or if this is simply the equivalent of CH3CO2- and has no effect on the accuracy of my answer?

Nina Gautam 1K
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Re: Conjugate Base of CH3COOH

Postby Nina Gautam 1K » Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:48 pm

I have seen it written both ways in the textbook and think it is fine to write it either way

CalebBurns3L
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Re: Conjugate Base of CH3COOH

Postby CalebBurns3L » Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:10 pm

I think the purpose of writing it as CH3COO- is to indicate that the molecule is a conjugate base to CH3COOH, it shows where the molecule came from.

Guangyu Li 2J
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Re: Conjugate Base of CH3COOH

Postby Guangyu Li 2J » Sat Dec 09, 2017 3:55 am

It should be correct because the textbook does indicate the conjugate base of CH3COOH as CH3COO-. I suppose the purpose of writing in this style is to indicate that the CH3COOH is the proton donor who donates one proton, and it becomes CH3CO- after losing that proton and becomes the conjugate base of CH3COOH.

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