Strong Acids

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Ivy Kwok 2I
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Strong Acids

Postby Ivy Kwok 2I » Mon Nov 21, 2016 10:41 pm

Out of curiosity, why are strong acids considered strong acids if they lose hydrogen ions so easily?

Yiling Liu 1N
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Re: Strong Acids

Postby Yiling Liu 1N » Mon Nov 21, 2016 11:05 pm

I think by definition acids are proton donors. If an acid more easily donates a proton, then the stronger it is.

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Re: Strong Acids

Postby Justin_Yi_1J » Tue Nov 22, 2016 11:53 am

The strength of an acid also has to do with its conjugate base anion's stability. If the anion is more stable after the loss of a proton, the acid is more likely to disassociate. In that case of strong acids, the loss of a proton creates a monoatomic anion, which is very stable and therefore it donates a proton readily.

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Re: Strong Acids

Postby Ivy Kwok 2I » Fri Nov 25, 2016 10:00 am

Thank you both!


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