## 12.47 [ENDORSED]

Acidity $K_{a}$
Basicity $K_{b}$
The Conjugate Seesaw $K_{a}\times K_{b}=K_{w}$

Kristina Nguyen 1C
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### 12.47

Why does a higher oxidation number increase acidity?

Evelyn L 1H
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### Re: 12.47

Oxidation means losing electrons which increases lewis acidity. This is because the more positive charge, the more likely to accept electrons.

Jessica Jones 2B
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### Re: 12.47  [ENDORSED]

Oxidation involves losing e-. This means that when you lose e- you will have a more positive charge, resulting in a greater desire to attract electrons. Because lewis acids accept electrons, this means that the more oxidized, the more acidic it will be.