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Organic: Acid or basic nitrogen

  1. Aug 31, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    I'm trying to determine whether the arrowed nitrogen is acidic or basic. Apparently the answer is that it is acidic. I don't really understand how I am suppose to make that call. That nitrogen is part of secondary amine that is basic, with resonance effect from the oxygen that will make it more acidic. However, how do I know that the oxygen has enough effect to make it acidic and not just a very weak base?

    Edit: Ahh... read the answer wrong. It didn't say it was acidic, just that it was indeed a weaker base.

    Problem solved.
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2008
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