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Paula Dowdell 1F
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Postby Paula Dowdell 1F » Sat Dec 09, 2017 2:07 pm

why is it that in the reaction: "B(OH)2 + 2 H2O(l) ⇌ H3O+(aq) + B(OH)4-(aq)", B(OH)2 serves as a lewis acid. I thought that it was donating electron pairs? Can someone explain this to me in detail?

Peter Dis1G
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Re: 12.119

Postby Peter Dis1G » Sat Dec 09, 2017 3:34 pm

My understanding is there is no electron pairs around central atom, so there is no electrons to donate and therefore acts as a Lewis acid.

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