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Give reasons why formic acid is stronger than acetic acid

Give reasons why formic acid is stronger than acetic acid

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Sunil Kumar FP
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8 years ago
formic acid is HCOOH wereas acteic acid is CH3COOH
On removal of H+,the formic acid becomes HCOO- whereas on removing H+ from acetic acid it forms CH3COO-.The acetic acid has CH3 group which due to its +I effect destabilise the negative charge and hence weaken the acid and whereas H does not exert such effect

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