Polyprotic acids and bases

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Cynthia Anderson 3A
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Polyprotic acids and bases

Postby Cynthia Anderson 3A » Sun Nov 29, 2015 9:09 pm

Is there any way you can tell if something is a polyprotic acid or base?

Hannah Markovic 3C
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Re: Polyprotic acids and bases

Postby Hannah Markovic 3C » Sun Nov 29, 2015 9:34 pm

I think you just look at how many hydrogens are attached to the molecule that would be reasonable to remove... For example H2SO4 is polyprotic because it has 2 hydrogens that can be removed (which is more than one, making it polyprotic). But HCl is not polyprotic because only one hydrogen is available to be removed. I think on a test either it would be obvious that something is polyprotic or we would memorize that it is.

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