Chemistry: Atoms First (2nd Edition)

Published by Cengage Learning
ISBN 10: 1305079248
ISBN 13: 978-1-30507-924-3

Chapter 13 - Questions - Page 575a: 24


A Lewis acid must have a free orbital to be able to receive one pair of electrons, and a Lewis base needs a lone pair of electrons to donate.

Work Step by Step

Lewis acids receive electrons pairs, so they need some space to receive, which is the free orbitals. Lewis bases donate electrons pairs, so, they need a lone pair that can be given.
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