Problem: The structural formula of citric acid, a main component of citrus fruits, isHow many H+(aq) can be generated by each citric acid molecule dissolved in water?a) 1 b) 3 c) 4d) 8

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citric acid → each COOH (carboxylic acid) can donate 1 H+

  • There are 3 COOH in the given structure 
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The structural formula of citric acid, a main component of citrus fruits, is

There is a structure of citric acid. It has a CH2CCH2 backbone, with an OH group attached to the second carbon atom and a COOH group attached to each carbon atom.


How many H+(aq) can be generated by each citric acid molecule dissolved in water?

a) 1 

b) 3 

c) 4

d) 8

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