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Since conjugate bases of weak acids form basic solutions and conjugate acids of weak bases form acidic solutions does anyone have just a clean list of strong acids and bases to memorize where we just can assume if the acid/base isn't on the list then it's weak? I believe for strong bases it's those which include group 1 and group 2 cations but is there a clear list for strong acids, too?
BenJohnson1C wrote:Why would strong acids be conjugates of weak bases and vis versa? This concept escapes me.
A conjugate base is the molecule that is formed after an acid loses a proton.
An acid or base and its conjugate are inversely proportional in terms of strength. Therefore the stronger the acid the weaker its conjugate base.
So if we can memorize strong acids/bases, is it necessary to memorize common weak acids/bases? Or, like the original poster said, can we just assume that anything now on the list of strong acids/bases is a weak acid/base?
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