Label each reactant and product in this reaction as a brønsted acid or base.

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Label each reactant and product in this reaction as a brønsted acid or base.

H2Y−+H2Z−⇌H3Y+HZ2−

Bronsted-Lowry Acid/Base :

Bronsted and Lowry gave a more generalized definition of acids and bases in comparison to the Arrhenius definition which was only limited to aqueous solutions of acids and bases ie when only
H+ and OH− ions are produced.

Bronsted and Lowry proposed an updated definition stating that any substance which can donate a proton is an acid while the substance which accepts it is the base.
We see a similar case in the explanation.

Answer & Explanation:

Given reaction:

H2Y−+H2Z−⇌H3Y+HZ2−
– Here we see that H2Z− donates a proton (H+) to the solution and can be termed as a Bronsted acid.
H2Z−⇌H++HZ2−
– Now we see that H2Y− accepts the proton (H+) to get converted to H3Y.
H2Y−+H+⇌H3Y

Thus we see that:
H2Z−⇒Bronsted acid
H2Y−⇒Bronsted base

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