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Posted: Sat Dec 07, 2019 6:40 pm
In problem 6C.17 from the textbook, it asks "which is the stronger base, the hypobromite ion BrO- or morphine C17H19O3N." Why is the hypobromite ion the stronger base?
Posted: Sat Dec 07, 2019 7:06 pm
I believe its because there is a negative charge on the BrO- molecule.
Posted: Sat Dec 07, 2019 10:49 pm
For this question, they specifically wanted you to look at the provided table, understanding that if pKb is lower then the substance is a stronger base. The given values are pretty close, so I don't think they'll give us a problem like that without giving us the K value. For the questions dealing with periodic trends in order to determine acid strength, you'll notice that the two substances parallel each other in some way, with one key difference.