Amphiprotic vs Amphoteric

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Frederick Keith_4C
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Amphiprotic vs Amphoteric

Postby Frederick Keith_4C » Sun Dec 08, 2019 12:06 am

I know amphoteric means a compound can act as an acid or base, and amphiprotic means that the compound can both donate and accept a proton. So my question is what exactly is the difference between these two definitions? Don't they essentially mean the same exact thing?

jeffreygong1I
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Re: Amphiprotic vs Amphoteric

Postby jeffreygong1I » Sun Dec 08, 2019 1:16 am

Lewis acids/bases don't necessarily involve protons being donated or accepted, so something can be amphoteric without being amphiprotic.

Jacob Motawakel
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Re: Amphiprotic vs Amphoteric

Postby Jacob Motawakel » Sun Dec 08, 2019 8:41 pm

Amphiprotic is more specific in saying that the compound can both donate and accept protons, but amphoteric just means a compound has acidic and basic properties, not the real principle of what it means to be a bronsted acid or base.

Anokhi Patel 2B
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Re: Amphiprotic vs Amphoteric

Postby Anokhi Patel 2B » Sun Dec 08, 2019 9:33 pm

Any compound that is amphiprotic is amphoteric, however it is not true the other way around.

Jared_Yuge
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Re: Amphiprotic vs Amphoteric

Postby Jared_Yuge » Sun Dec 08, 2019 9:38 pm

Same thing with lewis and bronstead definitions, both mean essentially the same thing, just one is a more specific definition

MaggieHan1L
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Re: Amphiprotic vs Amphoteric

Postby MaggieHan1L » Sun Dec 08, 2019 11:09 pm

Amphiprotic is always amphoteric but amphoteric is not always amphiprotic.

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Re: Amphiprotic vs Amphoteric

Postby emaad_3H » Sun Dec 08, 2019 11:18 pm

Amphoteric is more general than amophiprotic


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