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adding H to a molecule

Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 12:48 pm
by Elyssa Smith 4B
When something asks for the conjugate acid of a molecule like CH3NH2, how do you know where to add the hydrogen to (can you explain general terms)?

Also, if you are adding to a molecule like C6H5O-, how would you know to add the H to the O and not to the existing H's? (this makes C6H5OH and NOT C6H6O)

Re: adding H to a molecule

Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 1:27 pm
by Hiba Alnajjar_2C
During discussion, my TA pointed out that drawing the Lewis structure of the molecule can help you determine where an H could logically be attached. For this example, you would draw out C6H5O-'s structure and identify that the O atom is the best place to attach another H.