Answer to Question #192014 in Organic Chemistry for akia

Question #192014

Which of the following is the strongest acid?


A) butanoic acid


B) 2-methyl-propanoic acid


C) 2-fluoro-butanoic acid


D) 4-chloro-butanoic acid


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Expert's answer
2021-05-24T07:19:27-0400

2-fluorobutanoic acid is the strongest due to the strong -I effect of a very electronegative fluorine atom. Moreover, fluorine is in the 2nd position (close to the carboxylic acid group), which increases the acidity.

Answer: C

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