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How to tell if a species is a Bronsted acid, base, or both

  1. Oct 13, 2011 #1
    The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Identify the following species as a Bronsted acid, base, or both

    a) HI
    b) CH3HOOH
    c) H2PO4-
    d) HSO4-

    I dont need the answers-- those are in the back of the book. I just don't understand how to classify each species. Thanks in advance for any help!!
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  3. Oct 13, 2011 #2


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    What are the Brønsted acid/base definitions?
  4. Oct 13, 2011 #3
    Acid is a proton "donor", Base is a proton "acceptor".
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