Relative base strength.

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Julia Kim 1D
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Relative base strength.

Postby Julia Kim 1D » Sun Nov 22, 2015 2:49 pm

Looking at problem 12.49, how can you tell if BrO- is stronger or C17H19O3N is a stronger base? Is it based off it's size or do you need to the the Ka value? Is there an easy way to look and know?

Alex Nguyen 3I
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Re: Relative base strength.

Postby Alex Nguyen 3I » Sun Nov 22, 2015 4:29 pm

Not really sure, but I'm just going to take a guess. Is BrO- the stronger base? Less oxygens means less electronegativity to pull protons. Therefore, BrO- is a weaker acid, and weaker acids are stronger bases? Does this sound right? Hope it helps you out.

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