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What are amphoteric oxides?


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Amphoteric oxides

  • Amphoteric molecules are those substances that act as acids as well as bases. It depicts that these molecules are able to donate and accept H+ ions.

Example of amphoteric oxides

  • Aluminum oxideAl2O3 reacts in the following manner with acids and bases as follows:-
  • The reaction of Aluminum oxide with acid that is hydrochloric acid HCl is as follows:-

Al2O3s+6HClaq2AlCl3aq+3H2OlAluminumoxideHydrogenchlorideAluminumchlorideWater

  • The reaction of Aluminum oxide with the base that is sodium hydroxide NaOH is as follows:-

Al2O3s+2NaOHaq2NaAlO2aq+H2OlAluminumoxideSodiumhydroxideSodiumaluminateWater


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