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    How do scientists find out what something contains?

    I will take a look at that, thanks :)
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    How do scientists find out what something contains?

    How do scientists find out what something contains, like a liquid, or a mushy ball of crushed leafs. Do they do a bunch of tests, or do they put it through a machine which then gives them the answer. Also how do they know that what they`ve got after an reaction is actually what the wanted and...
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    Synthesis of aspirin, confused noob

    I`ll have to read up on the ranking of basicity?
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    Synthesis of aspirin, confused noob

    But they don`t need to be negatively charged to accept a proton, do they? What?! I dont see any reason why the carbonyl oxygen couldn`t accept an h plus ion. I just cant see it with my eyes.
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    Synthesis of aspirin, confused noob

    I don`t see how drawing the resonance structure for the acetic anhydride could show me the answer to my question. I am pretty much only curious in why the h plus ion gets bonded on the acetic anhydride oxygen and not on the salicylic acid oxygen.
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    Synthesis of aspirin, confused noob

    Hi, Take a look at this synthesis of aspirin. Because I am noob, please bare with me. On the top there you can see how the acetic anhydride gets attacked by the H plus ion. I cant understand why the h plus ion gets bonded there. I`ve been trying to find the answer to this question for...
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    Why do acids donate protons?

    what causes the acids to donate protons is what I am interested in.
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    Why do acids donate protons?

    Title says it all. I don`t get it.
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    Does Sulfuric acid donate both of it H+ protons?

    Could you then shortly explain why acids don`t end up like bases when they give up their protons?
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    Does Sulfuric acid donate both of it H+ protons?

    But would the HS04- become somewhat basic because of the negative charge?
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    Does Sulfuric acid donate both of it H+ protons?

    But it tends to not do it because it is less stable than H2SO4? Because of the negative charge right?
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    Why is cyanide writted as CN- when the negative charge is on carbon?

    Oh well, I guess I`ll just deal with it, I mean I can still handle myself around it and I can still do some of the tasks and questions in the book. I understand what they mean, and I don`t really wanna go to deep into this. Thanks though anyway people :)
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    Does Sulfuric acid donate both of it H+ protons?

    H2SO4 + H2O -> HSO4- + H3O+ A question by a noob. I get the fact that water can act as an acid and as a base. The oxygen "pulls" the hydrogen+ ion away from the sulfuric acid oxygen hydrogen bond an gets one itself and becomes positively charged, therefore a hydronium. However, I wonder...
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    Why is cyanide writted as CN- when the negative charge is on carbon?

    I guess this then implies to OH- as well. But how should interpret a molecular formula like that when reading it somewhere. As an overall negative molecule, or "cause I know" interpret it as a negative charge on carbon. The same goes with http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydroxide I guess then. But...
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    Why is cyanide writted as CN- when the negative charge is on carbon?

    The Title pretty much sums it up. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyanide Why is it written like that when it is clear that the carbon must be the one with the negative charge?
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