Homework 6C.17

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Homework 6C.17

Postby bonnie_schmitz_1F » Sat Dec 08, 2018 10:09 pm

I don't understand how to calculate which is the stronger base. Can someone explain it?

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Re: Homework 6C.17

Postby Jessica Castro 2H » Sat Dec 08, 2018 10:17 pm

My logic for this problem was to see which molecule is more likely to disassociate and accept protons. Since BrO^- has an extra electron on O, we can infer that O will want to form a bond with H+. If we write out the equation, we can see that OH- will form and Br- will be left alone, making BrO- the stronger base.
Looking at morphine, we can see that it has many hydrogens, which means it probably won't want to accept anymore. (Remember, a Bronsted base is a proton acceptor)

Hope this helped!

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