## How can you tell

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### How can you tell

How can you tell that the polyprotic acid or base is polyprotic by looking at the formula?

William Chan 1D
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### Re: How can you tell

If there's more than one H in front of the anion, let's say,

H2SO4, or H3PO4

It'll be polyprotic because there is more than 1 hydrogen in front.

Juliet Stephenson 4E
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### Re: How can you tell

Each H present in the anion will go on to form one hydronium ion. In HCl, one H begets one hydronium ion per molecule HCl (monoprotic). In H2S04, two H's will beget two hydronium ions per molecule H2So4 (biprotic/polyprotic). This is important to remember in calculating the pH of a substance.

Shutong Hou_1F
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### Re: How can you tell

William Chan 1F wrote:If there's more than one H in front of the anion, let's say,

H2SO4, or H3PO4

It'll be polyprotic because there is more than 1 hydrogen in front.

Exactly! We should count the number of H atoms in the front of the anion, rather than count all H atoms, because not all H atoms would play a role in donating H atoms when dissociating in water. For example, CH3COOH is monoprotic, because only the last H atom would be donated, contributing to the fact that CH3COOH is an acid.

Shail Avasthi 2C
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### Re: How can you tell

If an acid has more than one hydrogen which it can dissociate, it is polyprotic.

Leila_4G
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Therefore, can only acids be polyprotic?
Because if a base is polyprotic doesn't that mean we are referring to its acidic properties of being able to give off protons so its an acid?

Alexa Hernandez 3k
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### Re: How can you tell

A strong acid with several hidrogens

sarahsalama2E
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Are polyprotic acids stronger or weaker with the more hydrogens that they have? I thought that if something has multiple hydrogens it is more likely to give off a proton, therefore dissociates more, and is therefore stronger of an acid.

005321227
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### Re: How can you tell

make sure that the anion has more than one hydrogen!

AmyL_3L
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### Re: How can you tell

Since polyprotic acids and bases donate or accept more than one proton, respectively, there must be more than one hydrogen in the anion.

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### Re: How can you tell

If an atom can donate more than one H+

rohun2H
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### Re: How can you tell

Typically, there will be more than one hydrogen.