Organic chemistry ranking acid strength?
I was working on homework for my organic chemistry course, and was confused on this question. How would I go about ranking these?
Thank you in advance!
- Mike ALv 72 months ago
The main factor to consider is the stability of the anion which each will produce. Sulfonic acids are only a little weaker than mineral acids. The benzoate anion is stabilised by the benzene ring. Phenols are more acidic than alcohols.