Problem: Draw the resulting carboxylate anion that forms when propanoic acid reacts with a strong base. Include all hydrogen atoms and charges where appropriate.

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Given: propanoic acid

  • root: propane → 3 Carbons
  • modifer → oic acid → carboxylic acid (-COOH)


Bronsted-Lowry definition:

  • Acid → H donor
  • Base → H acceptor
    • example of strong base: NaOH
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Draw the resulting carboxylate anion that forms when propanoic acid reacts with a strong base. Include all hydrogen atoms and charges where appropriate.

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