## Strength of Acids

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

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Layal Suboh 1I
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### Strength of Acids

Why is acetic acid stronger than formic acid? The only difference between the two structures is the extra two hydrogens on acetic acid, so I'm confused to as to why it's stronger. Does it have something to do with being an oxoacid?

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skyeblee2F
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### Re: Strength of Acids

Acids are stronger if they can more readily release H+ ions. Acetic acid is stronger because it has more to release than formic acid.

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