Problem: Based on their molecular structure, pick the stronger acid from the following pair of oxyacids: HClO2 or HClO.

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We’re asked to pick the stronger acid from the following pair of oxyacids based on their molecular structure.


Recall that the strengths of oxoacids is based on the number of oxygens or the electronegativity of the nonmetal in the oxoacid. An oxoacid is considered strong when there are at least 2 or more O than H. 


Given:

HClO               HClO2


The pair of oxoacids given have a different number of oxygens and the same nonmetal. We will rank them based on the number of oxygens and hydrogens in the oxoacid.

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Based on their molecular structure, pick the stronger acid from the following pair of oxyacids: HClO2 or HClO.

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