? asked in Science & MathematicsChemistry · 2 months ago

Organic chemistry ranking acid strength?

Hi,

I was working on homework for my organic chemistry course, and was confused on this question. How would I go about ranking these?

Thank you in advance!

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  • Mike A
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    4>>2>3>1

    The main factor to consider is the stability of the anion which each will produce. Sulfonic acids are only a little weaker than mineral acids. The benzoate anion is stabilised by the benzene ring. Phenols are more acidic than alcohols. 

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