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#1 RedsAreRaw



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Posted 30 December 2016 - 05:03 PM

Hello everyone,

     I am working my way through an old Morrison and Boyd 3rd edition Organic Chemistry book. I was unable to find a solutions manual, so I thought this the best way to pose questions that I wasn't 100 percent sure about or could use a little more clarification on. Thanks in advance for the help anyone passes along through my, probable, multiple questions.


The first question I had was from one that had the answer in the book: What is the Lowry-Bronsted acid in (a) HCl dissolved in water; (b) HCl (unionized) dissolved in benzene? © Which solution is the more strongly acidic?


I got (a) and (b), but I said that (a) was more acidic than (b) because the HCl is undissolved, aka just hydrogen chloride. Am I just missing something?

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Posted 31 December 2016 - 03:20 AM

(a) sounds correct. The HCl is donating a proton, which is what a Lowry-Bronsted acid is defined to do. 

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#3 Sriman Dutta

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Posted 31 December 2016 - 07:32 AM

Ionised HCl is more active than unionised HCl.

Ionisation makes acids capable to react readily, because acids get dissociated when dissolved in water.

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