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Amphiprotic vs Amphoteric

Posted: Sun Dec 08, 2019 12:06 am
by Frederick Keith_4C
I know amphoteric means a compound can act as an acid or base, and amphiprotic means that the compound can both donate and accept a proton. So my question is what exactly is the difference between these two definitions? Don't they essentially mean the same exact thing?

Re: Amphiprotic vs Amphoteric

Posted: Sun Dec 08, 2019 1:16 am
by jeffreygong1I
Lewis acids/bases don't necessarily involve protons being donated or accepted, so something can be amphoteric without being amphiprotic.

Re: Amphiprotic vs Amphoteric

Posted: Sun Dec 08, 2019 8:41 pm
by Jacob Motawakel
Amphiprotic is more specific in saying that the compound can both donate and accept protons, but amphoteric just means a compound has acidic and basic properties, not the real principle of what it means to be a bronsted acid or base.

Re: Amphiprotic vs Amphoteric

Posted: Sun Dec 08, 2019 9:33 pm
by Anokhi Patel 2B
Any compound that is amphiprotic is amphoteric, however it is not true the other way around.

Re: Amphiprotic vs Amphoteric

Posted: Sun Dec 08, 2019 9:38 pm
by Jared_Yuge
Same thing with lewis and bronstead definitions, both mean essentially the same thing, just one is a more specific definition

Re: Amphiprotic vs Amphoteric

Posted: Sun Dec 08, 2019 11:09 pm
by MaggieHan1L
Amphiprotic is always amphoteric but amphoteric is not always amphiprotic.

Re: Amphiprotic vs Amphoteric

Posted: Sun Dec 08, 2019 11:18 pm
by emaad_3H
Amphoteric is more general than amophiprotic