8.5: Acid/Base Applications: Introduction
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The previous sections of this chapter presented, compared, and contrasted the definitions of acids and bases according to their Arrhenius, Brønsted-Lowry, and Lewis classifications. As the acids and bases that are associated with these systems are characterized by unique chemical reactivities, the relative uses of these molecules are distinctive. Sections 8.6 through 8.16 will discuss Arrhenius acids and bases in greater detail, and the remaining sections of this chapter will explore the applications of Brønsted-Lowry acid/base reactivity. Because Lewis acid/base chemistry is primarily applied in the study of organic molecules and their chemical reactions, which will only be briefly discussed in Chapter 10, the reactivity of Lewis acids and bases will not be discussed further in this chapter.