homework question 6C.17

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homework question 6C.17

Postby dtolentino1E » Sat Dec 07, 2019 4:57 pm

Which is the stronger base, the hypobromite ion, BrO2, or morphine, C17H19O3N? Justify your answer.

for 6C.17, the solutions manual uses the pKb of each base to determine which is stronger. is it possible to tell which is a stronger base without using this calculation?

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Re: homework question 6C.17

Postby Chem_Mod » Sat Dec 07, 2019 6:52 pm

hypobromite is negatively charged while morphine is not. Hypobromite would thus become neutral upon addition of a proton while morphine would become positively charged, which is less favorable. Thus hypobromite is the stronger base

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