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Bailey Giovanoli 1L
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Postby Bailey Giovanoli 1L » Sat Dec 12, 2020 4:09 pm

Can anyone explain to me what amphiprotic is? How do I identify it?

Aaron Akhavan-Dis1B
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Re: Amphiprotic

Postby Aaron Akhavan-Dis1B » Sat Dec 12, 2020 4:29 pm

Amphoteric or Amphiprotic means the compound has both acidic and basic characteristics. You can identify this by looking to see if an atom has both a lone pair and H atom attached it. Thus, you could see that it could act as both a Lewis Base (donates electrons) and Lewis acid (accepts electrons.)

Kaylee Messick 3J
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Re: Amphiprotic

Postby Kaylee Messick 3J » Sat Dec 12, 2020 4:30 pm

Amphiprotic means that molecule can both accept and donate protons. This is different from amphoteric which means that molecule can act as both an acid and a base, but might not necessary involve protons. In the textbook, they gave the example of water as an amphiprotic molecule. Hope this helps!

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