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pH (or the potential of hydrogen) is a scale used to measure how acidic or basic an aqueous solution is.

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Fitting multiple pKa's

I have three histidine residues that are next to each other in a protein. When I compute the fraction of un-protonated states for each individual histidine as a function of pH my titration curve has a ...
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Calculating pH of rain water

The concentration of $\ce{SO2}$ in the atmosphere over a city on a certain day is $\pu{10 ppm}$. Given that solubility of $\ce{SO2}$ in water is $\pu{1.3653 mol L-1}$ and $\mathrm{p}K_\mathrm{a}$ of $\...
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How to calculate pH of the Na2CO3 solution given ambiguous Ka values

This is the exact question I faced on an exam. Calculate the pH of $\pu{0.05 M}\ \ce{Na2CO3}\ (\ce{H2CO3}: K_\mathrm{a,1}= 4\times 10^{-7},\ K_\mathrm{a,2}= 4.7\times 10^{-11})$ Solution $$\ce{...
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Calculate mass concentration of Ca(OH)2 solution

Can anyone help me calculate the mass concentration of $\ce{Ca(OH)2}$ solution with molar mass $\pu{74.1 g/mol}$ at the $\pu{pH of 12.8}$. My work so far: From the pH I get the molar concentration ...
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Is there a relationship between acidity of the medium and oxidation/reduction reactions?

What I want to know is if there is a relationship between the acidity of the medium and redox reactions and if there is a relationship what favors the oxidation and what favors the reduction? Or does ...
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What actually happens when citric acid is added to a highly alkaline soap solution?

A few days ago I made an experiment. I diluted a few small chunks of bar soap with 20 ml of water. I then measured the ph of the solution which was around 10. I then added a tiny amount of citric acid....
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pH HCOOH in H2O [closed]

I needed to get the $\mathrm{pH}$ of $\pu{10 g}$ of $\ce{HCOOH}$ dissolved in $\pu{ 2 L}$ of $\ce{H2O}$. I came at a $\mathrm{pH}$ of $2.23$ but I'm not sure. Can anyone tell me the right answer? ...
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Why does pKw first decrease but eventually increase when temperature rises?

I understand the initial decrease in pKw. $\ce{Heat + H2O (l) <=> H+ (aq) + OH- (aq)}$ Temperature increases, reaction shifts to the right, so $\ce{H+} \text{ and } \ce{OH}$ ...
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Chemical environment that dissolves Hematite and or Magnetite [closed]

I believe it is possible to dissolve Magnetite and or Hematite in a very acidic solution. If all the oxygen was removed. Possibly by bubbling carbon dioxide through the solution would this change ...
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The reason behind the steep rise in pH in the acid base titration curve

Most books refer to a steep rise in pH when a titration reaches the equivalence point. However, I do not understand why … I mean I am adding the same drops of acid to the alkali but just as I near the ...
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Can I make a buffer with a weak acid without adding it's conjugated base, when the desired pH of the solution is exactly the pKa of the weak acid?

An acid will be 50% dissociated when the solution it's in have a pH equal to the acid pKa ('afirmation 1', for later reference). We also know that a good buffer solution have equal concentrations of ...
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Is contribution to pH by an acid or base always greater than salt hydrolysis?

I was solving a titration question and the reaction I came to was this: $$ \begin{array}{lcccc} \ce{&BOH(aq) &+ &HCl(aq) -> &BC(aq) &+ &H2O(l) }\\ \text{Initial} & x &...
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How to clean pocket pH meter before storage?

Hello. I read about different methods how to clean this specific(attached photo)pocket pH meter before storage and i can't figure out what is the right way. One method says to stir the pH meter(...
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Relationship between pH and volume

I had prepared two different volume of solution: $\pu{500 mL}$ and $\pu{100 mL}$ with same concentration ($1\%$), but I obtain different $\mathrm{pH}$. Will volume affect $\mathrm{pH}$?
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pKa of phenols using UV-Vis spectroscopy

I have done an experiment where I dissolved four different substituted phenols in acidic, basic, and buffer solutions, and recorded the UV-Vis spectra for each. I'm supposed to pick a wavelength where ...
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What is the pH and pKa relationship of LaCl3 in water and its precipitant La(OH)3?

In light of this question and its answers, I hope to get some insights into the $\mathrm{pH}$ of $\ce{LaCl3}$ in water and its $\mathrm{pH}$ relationship to $\ce{La(OH)3}$ precipitant's $\mathrm{p}K_\...
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How to calculate the number of protons in a sphere given the volume and the pH?

The spherical radius of a nano-droplet of a solution ($\mathrm{pH}$ of which is $6$) is given as $\pu{20nm}$. I can find the molar concentration of $\ce{H+}$ and subsequently the number of $\ce{H+}$ ...
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How to calculate the composition of a borate buffer with a defined pH using the Henderson-Hasselbalch equation?

I am struggling with what appears to be an extremely easy pH problem that uses the Henderson-Hasselbalch equation. The problem and answer provided by the book is given below. I understand where the ...
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Why does adding salt to water reduce the pH?

I recently heard someone claim that adding table salt to vinegar caused HCl to form which helped them clean coins - clearly not the case - however I thought I'd disprove it by doing an experiment. So ...
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Hydronium ion concentration to compare pH values

I'm having a bit of trouble with this question: Which has a higher $\mathrm{pH}$ value, $\pu{0.001 M}$ $\ce{HCl}$ or $\pu{0.1 M}$ $\ce{CH3COOH}$ $(K_\mathrm{a} = \pu{1.8E-5})?$ I have calculated ...
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How to calculate Revelle factor using only pH, DIC and TAlk for seawater?

I have the temperature, salinity, $\mathrm{pH},$ dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) and total alkalinity (TAlk) values for an estuarine water sample. I want to calculate the Revelle factor. The Revelle ...
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How to find the ionization constant of an unknown weak acid?

A $\pu{0.45 M}$ solution of a weak acid, $\ce{HX}$, has a $\pu{pH}$ of $4.5$. What is the ionization constant, $K_a$, of the acid? $\ce{[HX]}$ is already given as $\pu{0.45 M}$. $\ce{[H+]}$ is given ...
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Impossible pH For Aqueous Weak Acid Solution

An aqueous solution of $\ce{HCl}$ has a $\mathrm{pH}$ of $0.00$ if $[\ce{H+}] = 1.00 \; \mathrm{M}$. I tried to see if an aqueous solution of acetic acid could have a $\mathrm{pH}$ of $0.00$, given ...
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Confusion regarding calculating the pH of a salt of weak acid and weak base

I need to calculate the $\mathrm{pH}$ of a salt of weak acid and weak base in an aqueous solution. Method I used for calculation For a salt of weak acid and weak base (assuming complete dissociation ...
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Finding pH of acid in water [closed]

How would you find the pH of an acid dissolved in water? Would you need to take the fact that the pH of water is already 7 into account and go on from there? Say, for example, that you add 0.0500 mL ...
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Acidic and alkaline salt solutions: why do some salt form acid/bases while others don't [closed]

I have a question regarding salts and their solutions. How come some salts, like sodium carbonate and ammonium chloride, produce acids/bases when dissolved in water? Moreover, how can you predict ...
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Why is the pH level of carbonation loss decreasing then increases afterwards?

We have done an experiment of the titration of unsealed sprite soda to find the amount of carbonic acid being loss on various duration (0 to 1 hour), due to decrease pressure. The calculation was to ...
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Why amino acids (Zwitterion) become either negative or positive at low and high pH solutions?

The amino acids are Zwitterions. In neutral pH, an Amino acid's amino group has a postive charge and Carboxyl group has negative charge. They cancel each others charge thanks to the $Hydrogen$ that's ...
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Peptide at pH=1

In the following peptide: I want to know the net charge of the peptide at pH=1. According to me the as the solution is acidic so every nitrogen will get protonated. Hence the number of charge = ...
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Calculating charge of amino acids (am I doing it right?)

Please consider this picture of a peptide chain: I've done some examining on the different amino acids and concluded that the chain is as follows: Lys-Leu-Gly-Ser-Citrullin (variant of arginine). I ...
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pKa values for amino acid

To calculate the pI value, we take the average of the pKa values from the 2 groups that result in a net charge of 0. For that to happen, the pKa values should be at the midpoint of titration where ...
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Calculating pH of a saturated weak acid/base solution [closed]

How can you calculate the $\mathrm{pH}$ if you know for example the $\mathrm{p}K_\mathrm{a}$ or $\mathrm{p}K_\mathrm{b}$ value of a weak acid/base and how much acid/base can dilute in water. Let's ...
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Is black tea a pH indicator?

Today, I made a cup of lemon tea in a different way than usual. Instead of pouring hot water in to a mug containing lemon juice and black tea (my normal routine), I let the tea steep for a little ...
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Volume required to dilute solution for a pH change

A $\pu{100 mL}$ solution of $\ce{NaOH}$ has a $\mathrm{pH}$ of $13$. What volume of water in $\pu{mL}$ must be added to change the $\mathrm{pH}$ to $11$? My steps: Begin by calculating conc. of $[\...
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Why CO2 is not reducing the pH of NaOH as the way it is expected

I am using $\ce{CO2}$ for the reduction of pH of $\ce{NaOH}$ solution ($\pu{2.5g}\; \ce{NaOH} + \pu{250ml}\; \ce{H2O}$, with $\mathrm{pH}\; 13+$). I am introducing $\ce{CO2}$ with different dosages ($\...
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Preparation of acetate buffer from sodium acetate and hydrochloric acid

A $\pu{1.0 L}$ buffer solution of $\mathrm{pH}~4.43$ is made up of $\pu{0.30 M}$ sodium ethanoate and $\pu{0.20 M}$ $\ce{HCl}$ solutions. Calculate the volume of sodium ethanoate and $\pu{0.20 M}$ $\...
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Is pH in a charged hydrogel and its supernatant solution constant?

Let us assume we deal with ideal systems without interactions. The gel phase and the supernatant solution phase are in thermodynamic equilibrium. The supernatant solution shall consist of different ...
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Can a universal indicator turn colorless?

I learned that litmus paper could be bleached by chlorine to turn colorless. I’m wondering if any chemical substances can react with all the components of a universal indicator such that it turns ...
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Ratio of uncharged to charged side chains [closed]

The $\mathrm{p}K_\mathrm{a}$ of the side chain imidazole group of histidine is $6.0.$ What is the ratio of uncharged to charged side chains at $\mathrm{pH}~7?$ Here's my attempt to the solution: $$7 ...
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pH After Titration

50mL $\ce{SO2}$ titrated with 0.1M of $\ce{KBrO4}$ with reaction: $$\ce{KBrO4 + 4SO2 + H2O -> 4H2SO4 + KBr}$$ The equivalent point is reached when the volume of $\ce{KBrO4}$ is used as much 50mL. ...
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How to determine the pH of a mixture of two weak acids?

We’ve two solutions: Solution 1 $\ce{HCOOH}$ its concentration is $c_1=10^{-2}\ \mathrm{mol/l}$ and its volume is $V_1 = 50\ \mathrm{ml}$ and its $\mathrm{pH}_1 = 2.9$. Solution 2 $\ce{CH_3COOH}$ ...
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Applying Henderson–Hasselbalch equation to amino acids: which pKa to use to calculate Z-/HZ ratio?

I was wondering which $\mathrm{p}K_\mathrm{a}$ to use when calculating the ratio of $\ce{HZ}$ to $\ce{Z-}$ of amino acids, the Henderson–Hasselbalch formula used: $$\mathrm{pH} = \mathrm{p}K_\text{a} ...
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How do I find pH of a mixture of weak acids? [duplicate]

Suppose that we are given two weak bases $\ce{HA_1}$ and $\ce{HA_2}$. We are also given the $K_\ce{HA_1}$ and $K_\ce{HA_2}$. How can we calculate the $\mathrm{pH}$ of the mixture?
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How do I calculate the ensemble-average net charge of an amino acid at given pH?

I am given an amino acid with an ionizable side chain at a certain pH. How do I determine the net charge of that amino acid when there are mixed protonation states of one or more of the groups at that ...
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Why is maximum buffer capacity for some diprotic buffers not when pH = pKa?

According to Rajkovic et al. [1]: $$β = \frac{[\ce{H+}]}{K_\mathrm{w}} + 2.303\cdot\frac{[\ce{H+}]\cdot K_\mathrm{a}\cdot c}{[\ce{H+}] + K_\mathrm{a}}$$ where $K_\mathrm{a}$ is the ...
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When there is an increase in temperature, how is the pH of the ocean affected? (Question is related to ocean acidification)

This is my current understanding: Ocean acidification is the result of atmospheric $\ce{CO2}$ dissolving in the ocean's water. When this occurs the $\mathrm{pH}$ of the ocean decreases (from the ...
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Effect of pH on electrolysis

I understand (more or less) that acidification of water helps in the dissociation of water into ions. Acids easily dissociate into ions in aqueous solution. So, accordingly, the hydrogen from the acid ...
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Understanding the increase in pH of a buffer solution upon incremental additions of NaOH analytically

So let's say we have $200\ \mathrm{mL}$ of $1\ \mathrm M$ $\ce{CH3COOH}$ solution. In this solution we have the equilibrium $\ce{CH3COOH <=> CH3COO- + H+}$. To that we add $100\ \mathrm{mL}$ of $...
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Iterative method for calculating pH of a weak acid / base

The problem asks to determine the $[\ce{H+}]$ in a $0.20~\mathrm{M}$ solution of $\ce{Na3PO4}$. The $K_\mathrm{a}$ of $\ce{HPO4-}$ was given as $4.5\times 10^{-13}$, which then allows one to calculate ...
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pH probe bulb - what is happening within the glass?

I am trying to understand how the glass bulb of a pH electrode of a pH meter works - the glass bulb itself. Not the reference electrode or the rest of the electrode (HCl, Ag/AgCl wire, etc...), the ...