Lewis vs. Bronsted

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Lewis vs. Bronsted

Postby Amy Xiao 1I » Sun Dec 01, 2019 12:21 pm

Which one do we use in lecture most often, and is it necessary to specify on exams?

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Re: Lewis vs. Bronsted

Postby VLi_2B » Sun Dec 01, 2019 12:24 pm

I believe you should be able to know what the difference is between the two for the exam.

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Re: Lewis vs. Bronsted

Postby Julie Park 1G » Sun Dec 01, 2019 12:33 pm

You'll probably want to know the definitions of both and be able to identify them based on a reaction equation or when given a certain experimental context, but it's likely that the question will explicitly ask you to state whether something is a bronsted/lewis component.

By the Bronsted definition, an acid is a proton (H+ ion) donor and a base is a proton acceptor while by the Lewis definition, an acid is an electron acceptor and a base is an electron donor.

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Re: Lewis vs. Bronsted

Postby rabiasumar2E » Sun Dec 01, 2019 12:34 pm

In the book it mentions that when they say 'acid' they are referring to the Brønsted acid so I'm assuming that applies for lecture as well. I think if he were to mention lewis acids/bases he would say 'lewis acid' or 'lewis base'. And I would definitely know how to differentiate the two for the final!

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