Are carboxylic acids strong acids?

1 Answer
May 14, 2016


No, the equilibrium lies to the left.

#RC(=O)OH + H_2O rightleftharpoons RC(=O)O^(-) + H_3O^+#


As acids go, carboxylic acids are fairly weak species, and acidity decreases as the length of the alkyl chain increases. See the table on this site for representative values.