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    Boric Acid and its Conjugate Base

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    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?

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    a) HO:B:OH

    OH ...

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    This solution includes two Lewis structure sketches and answers to (b) and (c).