Boric acid, B(OH)3, is an acid that acts differently from normal Bronsted-Lowry acids. It reacts with water to form B(OH)4- and H30+.
a) Draw Lewis structures and indicate the shapes for B(OH)3 and B(OH)4-
b) What is the species that donates a proton to water?
c) Can B(OH)3 be described as a Lewis acid?
This solution includes two Lewis structure sketches and answers to (b) and (c).