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What are amphoteric oxides? Give two examples of amphoteric oxides.  

Answer

An amphoteric compound is a molecule or ion that can react both as an acid and as a base

Certain metal oxides which are both acidic and basic are called amphoteric oxides.

Example - Aluminium Oxide (Al 2 O 3 )

 

Aluminium Oxide Acting as a Basic Oxide

Aluminium Oxide Acting as an Acidic Oxide

 

Similarly, ZnO is also an amphoteric oxide.

Zinc Oxide Acting as a Basic Oxide

Zinc Oxide Acting as an Acidic Oxide

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