Problem: Classify each of the following as either a Lewis acid or a Lewis base:H+ B(OH)3Cl-P(CH3)3

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We’re being asked to classify the given species as either a Lewis acid or Lewis base.

 But first, let’s define what is a Lewis and Lewis base.


Based on the Lewis definition:

Lewis acid is an electron pair acceptor.

Some characteristics of a Lewis acid:

When hydrogen is connected to an electronegative element such as P, O, N, S or halogens

▪ hydrogen gains a partially positive charge → makes hydrogen act as a Lewis acid

Positively charged metal ions

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Classify each of the following as either a Lewis acid or a Lewis base:

H+ 

B(OH)3

Cl-

P(CH3)3

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