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Questions tagged [acid-base]

This tag should be applied to questions concerning acid and base reactions. An acid is capable of donating a hydron/ proton (Brønsted acid) or capable of forming a covalent bond with an electron pair (Lewis acid). A base on the other hand is a chemical species/ molecular entity having an available pair of electrons capable of forming a covalent bond with a hydron/ proton (Brønsted base) or with the vacant orbital of some other species (Lewis base).

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How do we perform the isomerisation of 1-butyne to 2-butyne using NaNH2?

How do we perform the isomerisation of 1-butyne to 2-butyne using NaNH2? As a first step, I think that $\ce{NH2^-}$ would remove $\ce{H^+}$ from the third carbon to give an allene intermediate. But I ...
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Relation between strength and proticity of an acid

The strength of an acid is related to the number of molecules which have dissociated into hydronium ions in aq solution of that acid while proticity is the number of hydronium ions furnished by 1 ...
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Organic Chemistry Inductive and Basic effects

Do all basic groups show +I effect? Or do they simply exhibit an electron donating tendency which has nothing to do with Inductive effects? I can't decide if the electronegativity and basicity are ...
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Which of the following is the strongest base?

Which of the following is the strongest base? $\ce{LiOH}$ $\ce{CH3Li}$ $\ce{LiNH2}$ $\ce{LiF}$ According to me the answer should be $\ce{LiF}$ as it has max number of lone pairs but ...
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Why are alkali and alkali earth metals indicative of a strong acid? [closed]

Why are alkali and alkali earth metals indicative of a strong acid? Does anyone know why it is so? Or tell me what is indicative of strong acids?
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Why aren't plastic bottles of coca cola full of microplastics?

My understanding is that disposable plastic water bottles should not be reused or used at all after some time, because the bottle will eventually leech microplastics into the water. Since coca cola is ...
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How to tell the pH of HC2H3O2?

Find the $\mathrm{pH}$ of a $\pu{0.500 M}$ solution of $\ce{KC2H3O2}$. I am preparing for an exam on equilibrium and I have two questions: How would I go about calculating this? Is the $\ce{H3O}$ in ...
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Basic character of amines [closed]

I learnt that basic character is directly proportional to the positive inductive effect and inversely proportional to steric hindrance Based on the above mentioned properties how is $\ce{(CH3)2NH}$...
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Do bases undergo dissociation or ionisation in aqueous solution?

What do bases undergo when dissolved in water: ionisation or dissociation or both? Some books say ionisation while others say dissociation. What is the correct answer?
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How can the Brønsted-Lowry theory be valid?

How can an element accept a proton? Isn't this practically impossible? An atom can take an electron and place it in its valence shell to complete its octet or duplet, but, the proton sits back in the ...
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pH of strong acid weak acid mixture [closed]

Question: $\ce{H2S}$ ($\pu{0.1M}$; $K_\mathrm{a} = 1.2×10^{-20} $) and $\ce{HCl}$ ($\pu{0.3M}$) with same volume are mixed together. What is the resultant $\mathrm{pH}$? My approach: Let the volume ...
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What is the pH of HCl solution at $10^{-8}$M? [duplicate]

After using the negative logarithmic value of $\ce{H^+}$ ion concentration, I get a value of pH that results in base. Can you please help me? Thank you in advance
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Why carboxylic group gets protonated preferantially on carbonyl oxygen?

When carboxylic group gets protonated, by strong acid, proton binds rather to carbonyl oxygen, then to hydroxyl. Is that really true? Or maybe it's a case of kinetic vs thermodynamic stability?
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Calculating pH of solution of phosphoric acid and ammonia

What is the $\ce{pH}$ of the solution created when $\ce{50ml}$ of $\ce{0.2M}$ $\ce{H3PO4}$ is mixed with $\ce{50ml}$ of $\ce{0.4M}$ $\ce{NH3}$? This problem can be approached rigorously. That's what ...
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Salt hydrolysis or buffer solution [closed]

Whenever there a question comes to find the pH of the given solution, I always gets confused to identify the solution if it is a buffer solution or whether it will undergo salt hydrolysis . Can ...
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Is neutralized and dried suphuric acid still a hazard? Is it still acidic to touch? [closed]

I mistakenly put a sulfuric acid drain cleaner in my bathroom sink. Some of it spilled into the bathroom in my basement. I cleaned it up using baking soda, but I'm concerned if I missed any, whether ...
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Why do we need to use oxidation number in order to balance a complex chemical reaction easily in an acidic or alkaline medium? [closed]

I have been trying to balance this chemical reaction in an "acidic" medium without using oxidation number or ion electron method: [$\ce{Fe^2+ + Cr2O7^2- -> Cr^3+ + Fe^3+}$]. Though I can balance ...
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Why is the hydroxide ion not considered to be amphoteric [closed]

Why is the hydroxide ion not considered to be amphoteric. Why is $$\ce{2OH- <<=> H2O + O^{2-} }$$ not considered ?? Even though the equilibrium would mostly lie towards the left but still ...
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Finding the pH of the solution

In this video, at 3:30 min professor solves two equations $$\ce{H2O —> H+ + OH-}$$ and $$ \ce{HCl —> H+ + Cl-}$$ and deduces $[\ce{H+}] = [\ce{Cl-}] +[\ce{OH-}]$. How come this happen from ...
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Calculating the pH of Strong Acid Solutions [closed]

Calculate the $\mathrm{pH}$ of a $\pu{1.5e–11 M}$ solution of $\ce{HCl}.$ How is the $\mathrm{pH}~7?$
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Titration of Na2CO3 against HCl

$\pu{25 mL}$ of $\pu{0.125 M}$ $\ce{Na2CO3}$ is titrated with $\pu{0.100 M}$ $\ce{HCl}$. Given that $K_\mathrm{a1} = 4.3\times 10^{-7}$ and $K_\mathrm{a2} = 4.8\times10^{-11}$ for the diprotic acid $\...
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Why does Ca(CH3CH2CH2COO)2 dissolve in HCl and not in NaOH? [closed]

I do not understand why a strong base, such as NaOH would not dissolve a solid such as this. There would be a double displacement in which you form Ca(OH)2 and NaCH3CH2COO (aq). Why would HCl ...
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What is the reaction mechanism between a basic oxide and an acid?

For instance in $$\ce{ Li2O (s) + 2HCl (aq) -> 2LiCl (aq) + H2O (l)}$$ I am wondering why the $\ce{Cl}$ displaces $\ce{Li}$ .I figure that oxygen is negatively charged as it pulls the electron from ...
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Why does ammonium chloride form white crystals? [closed]

Why does ammonium chloride ($\ce{NH4Cl}$) form white crystals on top of a test tube when heated?
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How do we know that a matter is acidic or basic without knowing their $pH$ value? [duplicate]

There are too many examples for acidic matters as seen below. $$HCI \tag {1}$$ $$HNO_3 \tag {2}$$ $$H_2SO_4 \tag {3}$$ And the examples for basic matters $$NH_3 \tag {4}$$ $$NaOH \tag {5}$$ ...
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What do we call ions without basic and acidic properties

According to Brønsted theory, Acids are substances (molecules and ions) donating $\ce{H+}$ Bases are substances (molecules and ions) receiving $\ce{H+}$ I've been trying to find a complete Brønsted-...
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How does this oxazolone behave as an acid?

how can you explain the increased acidity (pka around 14) of this oxazolone compared to a standard cyclic amide/lactam)?
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how can I measure the pH of a HF:H2O:CH3OH solution? [closed]

how can I measure the pH of a HF:H2O:CH3OH solution? more specifically, how can I precisely and accurately measure the H+ ion concentration?
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Conditions for the reduction of dichromate by manganese(II) to chromium(III) [closed]

The unbalanced redox reaction $$\ce{Mn^2+ + Cr2O7^2- -> Mn^3+ + Cr^3+}$$ occurs in what type of condition? (a) Acidic (b) Basic (c) Neutral (d) Indeterminable
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Can concentrated sulfuric acid oxidize iron(II) to iron(III)?

Can concentrated (18 M) $\ce{H2SO4}$ oxidize $\ce{Fe^2+}$ to $\ce{Fe^3+}?$ Or does it actually block the oxidation? I read in some forum somewhere that in order to prevent $\ce{Fe^2+}$ from being ...
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Q. 36 2018 molar solubility of CaF2 at pH3 given molar solubility at pH7 and pKa of HF [closed]

This is Q36 on the 2018 Chemistry Olympiad: Calcium fluoride, $\ce{CaF2}$, has a molar solubility of $\pu{2.1e–4 mol L–1}$ at pH = 7.00. By what factor does its molar solubility increase in a ...
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Does diluting the titration flask change the molarity

I was solving the following problem on a test and I thought the answer was A, but the answer is actually D. Below is the problem and my reasoning: Answer choice B is clearly incorrect because the ...
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Is the relationship between Ka and Kb the same for all acid base pairs? [closed]

What is the relationship between $K_\mathrm{a}$ and $K_\mathrm{b}$ for acid/base reactions. I know for water $K_\mathrm{w}=K_\mathrm{a}\cdot K_\mathrm{b}$, where $K_\mathrm{w}$ is $10^{-14}$. Is this ...
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Getting from pH 2 to pH 6 by mixing with water

In our book we learned that we can get an acid to a higher $\mathrm{pH}$ by mixing it with water in the relation $\frac {1}{10} $. Now to my problem: How much water do you need in order to get the $\...
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pH value of a very dilute alkaline solution [closed]

What is the pH of a $\pu{10^-9 M}$ $\pu{NaOH}$ solution? I think it is 5.
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Pka and buffers [closed]

I'm currently studying pKa in my chemistry class, and the mathematical definition $(-log(ka))$ doesn't really explain it tangibly to me. Can you please try to simplify what pKa means and how is it ...
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Buffer solution [closed]

Prepare an aqueous buffer solution of $\mathrm{pH}=2.85$ that efficiently resists a change in pH yet contains only a small amount of buffering agent. Which one of the following weak acid together with ...
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Why can't the pH of a solution of a weak acid be calculated without the dissociation constant?

Why can't the pH of a solution of a weak acid be calculated without the dissociation constant? How can pH of weak base be determined?
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What is the acid base reaction between hydrogen telluride and sulfide ion?

$$\ce{H2Te + S^2- -> ?}$$ I tried this problem but I was confused on the fact of what the products would be because in my head I didn't think $\ce{STe}$ is a product and also it has to create ...
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Potassium hydroxide neutralization with acetic acid

I put 9% acetic acid to 60% potassium hydroxide solution to neutralize it and was hoping to see some fizzing, but didn't see any indication of them reacting. Why is that?
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Spinel or salt?

In reaction of $\ce{Al2O3}$ with $\ce{NaOH}$, we get product written as "$\ce{NaAlO2}$", "$\ce{Na2Al2O4}$" or just "$\ce{Na2O.Al2O3}$". My question is what's the real structure of this compound? ...
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Treatment of acid attack by milk [closed]

I saw a post on Facebook saying if acid falls on some body part instantly wash it by milk but after a search on google I got this link which says it will actually worsen the condition. Now I'm ...
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How do acids conduct electricity with H+ ions?

I know that ions can conduct electricity, but H+ ions has no electrons! How can it conduct electricity then. Like if we were talking about Cl- or Na+ then these ions do have electrons. But how can ...
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Hydrogen sulfide and sodium carbonate reaction

What is formed in the reaction between hydrogen sulfide and aqueous sodium carbonate? My guesses are sodium sulfite and/or sodium hydrogen sulfite. However, the equations don't seem to balance ...
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Nature of urea and it's relation with uric acid

My question is what is the nature of urea. I checked it on the Internet and according to my results, the nature of urea is basic. Then why is there uric acid? For example when we add magnesium oxide ...
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Does the reaction between sulphuric acid and ammonium hydroxide give off heat?

I have a mystery solution lab in chemistry, and I was wondering if the addition of $\ce{H2SO4}$ to $\ce{NH4OH}$ gives off heat? Or is there maybe a precipitate or color change?
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Determine if an acid base reaction will occur

I'm wondering why some acid base reactions occur, let's say for example: $$\ce{CH3CH2OH + H2O <<=> CH3CH2O- + H3O+}$$ Why does this reaction occur, because the alkoxide ion is a really ...
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How to find pKa given absorbances and pH [closed]

If the absorbance of one of the buffer solutions (pH = 4.623) was 0.319 and the absorbance of the basic solution was 0.625, what is the $\mathrm{p}K_\mathrm{a}$ of the indicator? Include activity ...
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Is OH– a weak base or a strong base? [closed]

From my point of view, $\ce{OH–}$ should have been a very good base, but in my copy, it is written that $\ce{OH–}$ is a weak base. All the articles that I can find on the internet do nothing but ...
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Lewis acid character

Which will have more lewis acid character out of $\ce{BCl3}$ and $\ce{AlCl3}$ ? My attempt: In $\ce{BCl3}$, the back bonding takes place and there is 3pπ-2pπ overlap and in $\ce{AlCl3}$ it is 3pπ-...