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fatty acids

Post by cpu2007 » Thu Sep 03, 2009 10:03 pm

Hello everyone
hope u guys can answer to my question
i didn find anything about fatty acids,i mean are they weak or strong acids?.
do they have a single carboxyl groub or two carboxyl grouP?

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Post by canalon » Fri Sep 04, 2009 2:07 am

You must have looked long and hard. The structure is visible here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatty_acids

And the strength of the acid is determined by the electronegativity of the chain behind the "acid H". You can see her a little more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organic_acid
With that you should be able to figure out your answers.
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