## Chemistry: The Molecular Science (5th Edition)

$NH_2CH_2COO^-(aq) + H_2O(l) \lt -- \gt NH_3CH_2COO(aq) + OH^-(aq)$ $NH_3CH_2COO(aq) + H_2O(l) \lt -- \gt NH_3CH_2COOH^+(aq) + OH^-(aq)$
1. Identify if the compound is a polyprotic acid or base: $NH_2CH_2COO^-$ is a base. 2. Write the ionization equation for the original base. ** It is important to known how to identify that, in this case, we have an amine group, and a "$-COO^-$" group, where both are capable of receiving a proton. - Write an equation where $NH_2CH_3COO^-$ receives a proton from a water molecule. 3. Now, for a polyprotic base, the conjugate acid is capable of receiving one proton too, so write an equation where it does that. - $NH_3CH_2COO$ can act as a base too, so write an equation where it receives a proton from a water molecule. - Repeat "Step 3" for the next reaction, until the conjugate acid is incapable of receiving one proton.