Chemistry: The Molecular Science (5th Edition)

Published by Cengage Learning
ISBN 10: 1285199049
ISBN 13: 978-1-28519-904-7

Chapter 14 - Acids and Bases - Questions for Review and Thought - Topical Questions - Page 652b: 38c


The "Base Y" has the stronger conjugate acid. This is because, as we determined in (38b), "Base Y" is the weaker base, and the strength of the base is inversely proportional to the strength of the conjugate acid.

Work Step by Step

- The strength of a base is inversely proportional to the strength of its conjugate acid. Therefore, stronger bases have weaker conjugate acids, and weaker bases have stronger conjugate acids. Since "Base Y" is the weaker base of the pair, it will have the stronger conjugate acid.
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