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Course Reader Example on Pg. 154

Posted: Wed Jul 26, 2017 9:41 pm
by 104785906
Professor Lavelle explained why CCl3COOH is a stronger acid than CH3COOH. If anyone could just briefly explain this again please. I know that he mentioned the resonance and polarity of one of them accounts for this but I honestly spent half my time in lecture blowing my nose or holding in a sneeze :/

Thanks!

Re: Course Reader Example on Pg. 154

Posted: Wed Jul 26, 2017 10:35 pm
by Chem_Mod
As I explained in class, :-) the electron withdrawing Cl atoms stabilize the oxygen negative charge.

Hope you feel better soon.

Re: Course Reader Example on Pg. 154

Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 10:03 am
by Paul Wong1B
As Dr. Lavelle stated, the negative charge of the oxygen is stabilized more with the chlorine atoms in the compound because chlorine is a very electronegative atom.