Homework 6.A.1 #3: Polyprotic Acids

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Althea Zhao 1B
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Homework 6.A.1 #3: Polyprotic Acids

Postby Althea Zhao 1B » Fri Dec 06, 2019 2:37 pm

In the textbook answer key, the proton transfer equations for H2SO4 and H2PO4 show only one H+ (not both) being transferred. Why is this? Wouldn't both protons be transferred? Are both answers correct?

Ying Yan 1F
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Re: Homework 6.A.1 #3: Polyprotic Acids

Postby Ying Yan 1F » Fri Dec 06, 2019 7:00 pm

I had that same question when I was doing the homework too! I believe unless specified otherwise, I would do a monoprotic proton transfer. (But technically, you are wrong! The two molecules are polyprotic.)

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