How to tell the difference between Lewis + Bronsted

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chrisdinkel_4E
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How to tell the difference between Lewis + Bronsted

Postby chrisdinkel_4E » Sat Dec 08, 2018 5:03 pm

I understand the electron/proton acceptor/donor concept, but how can you tell if a molecule is a Lewis acid/base or Bronsted acid/base?
Examples would be much appreciated

Casandra
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Re: How to tell the difference between Lewis + Bronsted

Postby Casandra » Sat Dec 08, 2018 5:33 pm

chrisdinkel_1K wrote:I understand the electron/proton acceptor/donor concept, but how can you tell if a molecule is a Lewis acid/base or Bronsted acid/base?
Examples would be much appreciated

A molecule can be more than one type of acid or base, it just depends on which definition you apply. For most of the problems we deal with, we are applying the bronsted definition. For example, HCl is a lewis acid and a bronsted acid.


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