Amphoteric clarification

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Cienna Henry 1J
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Amphoteric clarification

Postby Cienna Henry 1J » Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:53 am

An amphoteric compound can only act as an acid or a base at once, correct? It can't act as both at the same time right?

Julia Lee
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Re: Amphoteric clarification

Postby Julia Lee » Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:37 am

Yes, that is correct.

anishathomas
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Re: Amphoteric clarification

Postby anishathomas » Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:03 am

Yes. One amphoteric molecule could be H20 but that still can't act both as a base or acid. It depends whether the other molecule reacting with water is more basic or acidic.

Saman Andalib 1H
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Re: Amphoteric clarification

Postby Saman Andalib 1H » Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:06 am

Yes, it is highly unlikely for an amphoteric molecule to act as both an acid and a base at one time because it would require the simultaneous donation and acceptance of a hydrogen ion by that molecule.

Yixiao Hu 3C
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Re: Amphoteric clarification

Postby Yixiao Hu 3C » Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:14 am

Yes. It depends on the reaction you have.

Nick Bazett 1F
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Re: Amphoteric clarification

Postby Nick Bazett 1F » Sat Dec 08, 2018 12:15 pm

Any molecule that is amphoteric is also amphiprotic


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