Problem: For the following reaction, indicate which reactant is the Lewis acid and which is the Lewis base.4NH3 + Cu2+ ⇌ Cu(NH3)42+   a. NH3 is the Lewis acid.b. NH3 is the Lewis base.c. Cu2+ is the Lewis acid.d. Cu2+ is the Lewis base.e. This not a Lewis acid-base reaction.

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For the following reaction, indicate which reactant is the Lewis acid and which is the Lewis base.

4NH3 + Cu2+ ⇌ Cu(NH3)42+   

a. NH3 is the Lewis acid.

b. NH3 is the Lewis base.

c. Cu2+ is the Lewis acid.

d. Cu2+ is the Lewis base.

e. This not a Lewis acid-base reaction.

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