strong acids

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Lauren Bui 1E
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strong acids

Postby Lauren Bui 1E » Sat Dec 07, 2019 1:50 pm

Why is formic acid (HCOOH) stronger than acetic acid (CH3COOH)?

Daniel Yu 1E
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Re: strong acids

Postby Daniel Yu 1E » Sat Dec 07, 2019 1:57 pm

Because the CH3 methyl group is a destabilizing group that makes the post-reaction anion (conjugate base) less stable.

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