## (6th Edition) #12.49

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

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### (6th Edition) #12.49

Which is the stronger base, the hypobromite ion, BrO,

How can i tell which is stronger without pKb values?

I already know HBrO is a relatively weak acid because it has a single bonded O-H and bromine is less electronegative so the electron cloud is fairly localized around the oxygen, making this an easy bond to break. However, how can i tell what Morphine is? I tried drawing it but sorta failed. Is there any easy way to tell?

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### Re: (6th Edition) #12.49

I had the same question. I know that a weaker acid has a stronger conjugate base (and vice versa) but I was not able to figure out the structure of Morphine. I read in the Textbook that molecules with higher oxidation numbers are stronger acids, so if that applies I imagine BrO is a stronger base. However, I do not know how many protons can be picked up by Morphine