Strength of Acids

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Layal Suboh 1I
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Strength of Acids

Postby Layal Suboh 1I » Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:20 pm

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

Postby skyeblee2F » Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:43 pm

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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