Ammonia and Ammonium

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Ammonia and Ammonium

Postby PranaviKolla2B » Sat Dec 07, 2019 12:27 pm

Since ammonia is a weak base, how come ammonium (its conjugate acid) is not a strong acid?

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Re: Ammonia and Ammonium

Postby Amanda Ung 4D » Sat Dec 07, 2019 12:54 pm

I'm not 100% sure about this, but while it's true that the conjugates of weak bases/acids are stronger, they are not necessarily THAT strong. In essence, the conjugate of a weak base or acid will not always result in what we consider a strong acid/base.

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Re: Ammonia and Ammonium

Postby 305416361 » Sat Dec 07, 2019 1:15 pm

I think the strength of a conjugate acid/base is relative to the acid/base that it is a conjugate for. So, while the conjugate acid of a weak base is strongER, it doesn't necessarily have to fall under the classification of a strong acid.

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