6c.19 f

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Fdonovan 3D
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6c.19 f

Postby Fdonovan 3D » Sat Dec 07, 2019 3:22 pm

Which is the strongest acid, H2CO3 or H2GeO3? (Justify your answer)

In the answer key, it says H2CO3 is the stronger acid because C is more electronegative. However, I thought that when comparing acids in which the only difference is the central atom, you compare the bond strengths for elements in the same group. Since Ge and C come from the same group (not the same period), shouldn't the justification come from comparing the bond strengths, not the electronegativity?

Ethan Lam 4A
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Re: 6c.19 f

Postby Ethan Lam 4A » Sat Dec 07, 2019 3:37 pm

Electronegativity and bond strengths both play a factor in determining acid strength. Since it is more electronegative, it becomes more polar which makes it easier to dissociate.

Ruby Richter 2L
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Re: 6c.19 f

Postby Ruby Richter 2L » Sun Dec 08, 2019 9:22 am

So, in this case, the difference in electronegativity would dominate over the difference in bond strength?


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