Amphoteric Compounds

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Nicole Jakiel 4F
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Amphoteric Compounds

Postby Nicole Jakiel 4F » Sun Dec 02, 2018 1:54 pm

Can anyone clarify how do we identify amphoteric compounds? For example, is there any specific way to tell by looking at the compound's structure?

WilliamNguyen_4L
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Re: Amphoteric Compounds

Postby WilliamNguyen_4L » Sun Dec 02, 2018 3:10 pm

I think we just have to memorize which ones on the periodic table would be amphoteric. I guess another way to see is if in the reaction, if you know that one reactant is definitely always a acid or base, the other reactant would be amphoteric.

Jocelyne Milke 1G
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Re: Amphoteric Compounds

Postby Jocelyne Milke 1G » Sun Dec 02, 2018 4:09 pm

Some of them include BeO, Al2O3, Ga2O3, SnO2 & PbO2. They have characteristics in between metal oxides and nonmetal oxides

Dong Hyun Lee 4E
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Re: Amphoteric Compounds

Postby Dong Hyun Lee 4E » Sun Dec 02, 2018 5:34 pm

I understand that amphoteric compounds can act as both bases and acids but how do we figure out when it acts as which. Is it that one part of the chemical equation will be an aid so the amphoteric compound would result in a base or how would this work?

WilliamNguyen_4L
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Re: Amphoteric Compounds

Postby WilliamNguyen_4L » Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:27 pm

If the amphoteric compound is reacting with an acid it's a base. If it's reacting with a base it's an acid.

Alan Chang
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Re: Amphoteric Compounds

Postby Alan Chang » Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:55 pm

Some amphoteric compounds you can also deduce. For example, seeing water, you can deduce that it can lose its H+ ion (proton) to form OH- (acting as Bronsted acid) and you can deduce that it can accept a H+ ion (proton) to form H3O+ (acting as Bronsted base) therefore deducing that it is amphoteric.


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