Problem: Which statement is false?a) Ni2+(aq) + CO32–(aq) → NiCO3(s) is a Lewis acid-base reactionb) all Brønsted-Lowry bases are also potential Lewis basesc) H+(aq) + H2O(l) → H3O+(aq) is a Lewis acid-base reactiond) Ni2+(aq) + 6H2O(l) → [Ni(H2O)6]2+(aq) is a Lewis acid-base reactione) HNO2 is a Brønsted-Lowry acid but is not a Lewis acidf) BF3 + F– → BF4– is a Lewis acid-base reaction

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Based on the Lewis definition:

Lewis acid is an electron pair acceptor.

Lewis base is an electron pair donor.


Let’s define a Bronsted-Lowry Acid and a Bronsted-Lowry Base.

Bronsted-Lowry acid proton (H+) donor

Bronsted-Lowry base proton (H+) acceptor


Let us examine the given choices:

a) Ni2+(aq) + CO32–(aq) NiCO3(s) is a Lewis acid-base reaction

  • Ni2+(aq) → Positively charged metal ions can act as Lewis acid
  • CO32–(aq) Compounds that possess a negative charge can act as Lewis Bases
  • True


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Which statement is false?

a) Ni2+(aq) + CO32–(aq) → NiCO3(s) is a Lewis acid-base reaction

b) all Brønsted-Lowry bases are also potential Lewis bases

c) H+(aq) + H2O(l) → H3O+(aq) is a Lewis acid-base reaction

d) Ni2+(aq) + 6H2O(l) → [Ni(H2O)6]2+(aq) is a Lewis acid-base reaction

e) HNO2 is a Brønsted-Lowry acid but is not a Lewis acid

f) BF3 + F– → BF4– is a Lewis acid-base reaction


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