Amino Acid Titration

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Lets say we titrate an amino acid with a strong base (NaOH), like I know that the hydrogen of the carboxyl (COOH) group will be pulled away followed by the amino group (NH3+), but is there a particular reason why the hydrogen on the carboxyl group is pulled out first rather than the amino acid? Does it have to do with the repulsion caused by the NH3+ group that causes the carboxyl hydrogen to come off first?
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Which is usually a stronger acid - -COOH, or -NH3+?
 
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Which is usually a stronger acid - -COOH, or -NH3+?
Is COOH the stronger acid? but then NH3+ is a weak acid? (i somehow thought that NH3+ acts as a base...)
 
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-NH2 is a base, -NH3+ is a conjugate acid.

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