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Acids and Bases
Transcript of Acids and Bases
For most uses, scientists found the Arrhenius definition of acids and bases to be adequate. However, as scientists further investigated acid-base behavior, they found that some substances acted as acids or bases when they were not in a water solution.
is a molecule or ion that is a proton donor.
An acid that can donate only one proton (hydrogen ion) per molecule is known as a
Brønsted-Lowry Acids & Bases
In 1923, the Danish chemist J. N. Brønsted and the English chemist T. M. Lowry independently expanded the Arrhenius acid definition.
is a molecule or ion that is a proton acceptor.
In a Brønsted-Lowry acid-base reaction, protons are transferred from one reactant (the acid) to another (the base).
Water can act as an acid. Since its donating one proton.
Perchloric acid, HClO
Hydrochloric acid, HCl
Nitric acid, HNO
A polyprotic acid
is an acid that can donate more than one proton per
Sulfuric acid, H SO
Phosphoric acid, H PO
Sulfuric acid is the type of polyprotic acid that can donate two protons per molecule, and it is therefore known as a diprotic acid.
H SO + H O
H O + HSO
2 4 2 3 4
HSO + H O
H O + SO
4 2 3 4
Phosphoric acid is the type of polyprotic acid known as a triprotic
acid—an acid able to donate three protons per molecule.
Lewis Acids & Bases
The Arrhenius and Brønsted-Lowry definitions describe most acids and bases. Both definitions assume that the acid contains or produces hydrogen ions. A third acid classification, based
on bonding and structure, includes, as acids, substances that do not contain hydrogen at all.
This definition of acids was introduced in 1923 by G. N. Lewis, the American chemist whose name was given to electron-dot structures.
Lewis’s definition emphasizes the role of electron pairs in acid-base reactions.
A Lewis acid is an atom, ion, or molecule that accepts an electron pair to form a covalent bond.
The Lewis definition is the broadest of the three acid definitions you have read about so far. It applies to any species that can accept an electron pair to form a covalent bond with another species.
A bare proton H is a Lewis acid in reactions in which it forms a covalent bond.
Acid: H donor
Base: OH donor
Acid: H donor
Base: H acceptor
Acid: Electron pair acceptor
Base: Electron pair donor
Conjugated Acids & Bases
The species that remains after a Brønsted-Lowry acid has given up a proton is the
of that acid.
The species that is formed when a Brønsted-Lowry base gains a proton is the
of that base.
Strength of Conjugate Acids and Bases
The extent of the reaction between a Brønsted-Lowry acid and base
depends on the relative strengths of the acids and bases involved.
The stronger an acid is, the weaker its conjugate base; the stronger a base is, the weaker its conjugate acid.
HClO +H O H O + ClO
4(aq) 2 (l)---> 3 (aq) 4 (aq)
stronger acid stronger base weaker acid weaker base
CH COOH + H O H O + CH COO
weaker acid weaker base stronger acid stronger base
3 (aq) 2 (l) ---> 3 (aq) 3 (aq)
Note that in the reactions for both perchloric acid and acetic acid, the favored direction is toward the weaker acid and the weaker base.
This observation leads to a second important general conclusion: proton-transfer reactions favor the production of the weaker acid and the weaker base.
Any species that can react as
either an acid or a base is
described as amphoteric.
–OH in a Molecule
Molecular compounds containing -OH groups can be acidic or amphoteric.
The covalently bonded -OH group in an acid is referred to as a
The behavior of a compound is affected by the number of oxygen atoms bonded to the atom connected to the -OH group.
The larger the number of such oxygen atoms is, the more acidic the compound is.
There are many common examples of acidic compounds reacting with basic compounds, each neutralizing the other.
In aqueous solutions,
is the reaction of hydronium ions and hydroxide ions to form water
HCl(aq) + NaOH(aq) NaCl(aq) + H2O(l)
An acid-base reaction occurs in aqueous solution between hydrochloric acid, a strong acid that completely ionizes to produce H3O+, and sodium hydroxide, a strong base that completely dissociates to produce OH .
is an ionic compound composed of a cation from a base and an anion from an acid.