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Acids and bases multiple choice questions and answers or quiz in online learning chemistry contain 10 questions for school college-level chemistry education. Before participating in this acids and bases quiz test, study carefully the acids and bases definition, theory, and properties mentioned below,

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Mono-positive iodine has a low positive charge and has a large size.

Iodine (+1) ion is a

The nickel (IV) has quite a high positive charge and small size compared to the nickel (II).

Quadrivalent nickel is a

H- ion is a

SO3 is an acidic or basic oxide

Why SiCl4 function as Lewis acid?

what happens when BF3 reacts with NH3?

Order of Lewis acidity of boron halides

Conjugate acid-base pair of HSO4-

acidic order of the above oxides

Phosphorus acid is a

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Acids and bases definition

Arrhenius Theory

Our general ideas regarding acid and bases based on the Arrhenius theory. According to Arrhenius,

  • An acid is a compound or molecule that yields H+ ions in water solution.
  • A base is a compound molecule that yields OH in water solution and utilization readily from solvent or water.

Hence Arrhenius’s theory very useful for explaining acid and bases in water solution but can’t explain the strength of acid in glacial acetic acid or ammonia solution.

Examples of Arrhenius acids and bases

In an aqueous solution nitric and sulfuric acid completely dissociates and is almost equally strong. But when these acids are taken in glacial acid medium nitric acid much stronger than the other two acids. Hence solvent plays an important role in explaining acid-base redox reactions.

Boric acid is a weak acid but when boric acid mixed with sulfuric acid behaves as a strong acid with strong oxidizing properties. Arrhenius theory explaining the acid and base neutralization reaction in water solution only but it does not explain the properties in gas or solid-phase acid-base reaction.

Acidic strength of oxyacids of phosphorus

The oxidation number of the phosphorus atom in the oxoacids of phosphorus, hypophosphorous, phosphorus, phosphoric acid = +1, +3, and +5 respectively. With the increasing oxidation number acidic character also increases. Therefore, the acidic character of these acids should be in the order, H3PO4 < H3PO3 < H3PO2. But experimental observation is the reverse order
H3PO2 ≥ H3PO3〉H3PO4. The experimental order is explained when we consider the structures of these phosphorus acids.

Oxoacids of phosphorus in Acids and Bases Questions Answers

  • In the H3PO2 structure, one hydrogen atom attaches phosphorus through oxygen and another hydrogen bonding directly with phosphorus. Therefore, proton attached to oxygen has a far greater chance of dissociation than any direct chemical bond. Hence H3PO2 dissociates one proton in the solution.
  • In a similar way, H3PO3 and H3PO4 dissociate two and three protons respectively. This series contains a number of unprotonated oxygen, which is responsible for the enhancement of acidity.

Dissociable protons increase from H3PO2 to H3PO4. Therefore, the overall inductive effect of the unprotonated oxygen decreases from H3PO2 to H3PO4. Hence the acidity slightly falls off in the order, H3PO2 ≥ H3PO3〉H3PO4.

Question: Why all alkalis are bases but all bases are not alkalis?

Answer: Alkalis are the substances of our environment dissolved in water to produce bases but all the bases are not dissolved in water. Hence all the alkalis are bases but all the bases are not alkalis. For example, Na2O is alkalis and base properties because it dissolved in water to produce NaOH. But aluminum, iron, and zinc hydroxide like Al(OH)3, Fe(OH)3, Zn(OH)2 do not dissolve in water but reacts with acids to produce salt and water. Therefore, these are bases but not alkalis.

Conjugate acid-base pairs

In 1923, Bronsted and Lowry introduces the new definition of acids and bases. According to these new concepts,

  • An acid is defined as a substance that has the tendency to lose a proton.
  • A base is a substance that has the tendency to gain a proton. The free proton is not likely to occur in the solution and combine with solvents molecule.

For example, in water, glacial acetic acid, ammonia, and ethyl alcohol solvents, the proton combines to form H3O+, CH3COOH2+, NH4+, and CH3CH2OH2+ respectively. The beauty of Bronsted Lowry concepts reflects the fact that it contains all effects of Arrhenius concepts and further extended to explaining acid-base chemical equilibrium in non-aqueous media.

Lewis of Acids and Bases

A more here general theory for acids was proposed on the basis of the electronic configuration of valence orbital. According to Lewis, an acid is a substance (molecule, ion, or radical) that readily accepts an electron pair from the donner substances, which would be the base. Acid is thus an electron pair acceptors and the base is electron pair donner. For example, Et3N + BCl3 → Et2N : BCl3. It is an acid base neutralization reaction that can be followed with an indicator in chloro-benzene solution. There are no protons or OH groups involved.

The neutralization reaction means the formation of coordinate linkage to form an adduct complex. Hard soft acid-base or HSAB-principle is also based on Lewis’s theory. This theory explains the stability of the complex in terms of electric polarization of soft and hard acids and bases.

Acidity trend periodic table

Acidic oxides react with water to give respective oxoacids. With the increasing oxidation number, electronegativity, electron affinity, acidity increase but shielding electron of the central atom decreases the acidity of the substances. Therefore, the central chemical element plays an impotent role in the acidity of the substances.

Generally, electronegativity and ionization energy increase left to right in the period of the periodic table with the increasing atomic number. Hence the acidic character generally increases left to right in the periodic table. But electronegativity decreases top to bottom in the group of the periodic table. Hence the acidic character generally decreases top to bottom in the periodic table. Among Na2O, MgO, As2O3, and N2O5, nitrogen has the highest oxidation number and electronegativity. Therefore, the order of acidic nature of these oxides, Na2O < MgO < As2O3 < N2O5.

pH of acids and bases

In acid solutions, the concentration of hydrogen ion is high, and in alkaline solutions low. Sorensen suggested a new way of expressing the concentration of hydrogen ions in logarithm form. The negative of the logarithm of H+ ion concentration or activity is defined as pH scale. Therefore, pH = – log CH+. Now for the solution pH = 3, CH+ = 10-3 and pH = 8, CH+ = 10-8. Hence the neutral solution has pH =7. Any polar solution having a pH less than seven will be acid and the solution having a pH above seven will be alkaline.