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Penicilin molecule

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Homework Statement



"Penicillin"[/URL]

From the structure of penicillin above, would you expect it to be acidic, neutral or basic? Explain your answer as fully as you can.

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[h2]The Attempt at a Solution[/h2]

I think it would be acidic because of the -COOH. The -NH- can be basic, but it is attached to =C=O which is deactivating. the electron density on the N atom is reduced and the tendency to accept a proton decreases.

The other Nitrogen atom is also bonded to a deactivating =C=O.

Is this reasoning ok?

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You got it.
 
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nice.... thnks
 

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