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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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pKa calculation problem

a known amount of pure acid is dissolved in a known amount of amphoteric solvent. Given that the volume of the titrant base needed from the starting point of color change to the end point is known, ...
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How will the dielectric constant of water change when ethyl acetate is added?

How will the dielectric constant of water change when ethyl acetate is added? The $\mathrm{p}K_a$ value of weak acids in aprotic solvents will be lower than in protic solvents because the dielectric ...
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Finding Ka of a monoprotic weak acid from pH and concentration of added sodium salt

A solution of $\pu{0.36 M}$ of the sodium salt of a generic monoprotic weak acid $\ce{HA}$ has a $\mathrm{pH}$ value of $8.782.$ $K_\mathrm{a} = ?$ Why doesn't the following formula work in this ...
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How to achieve desired pH using two buffer Solutions with two different pHs? [closed]

To purify a certain protein, you were required to prepare a $\pu{0.10 M}$ glycine buffer at $\mathrm{pH} \: 9.4$. Unfortunately, the stockroom has run out of glycine. However, the lab aides were able ...
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Accurate method to calculate the pH of a salt from a weak acid and weak base

Can someone help me with this? The problem is as follows: Find the $\mathrm{pH}$ of $\pu{1M}$ solution of $\ce{NH4CN}$. Their respective hydrolysis constants are: $K_h = 5.6\times 10^{-10}$ ...
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pH After titration

$\pu{50mL}$ $\ce{SO2}$ titrated with $\pu{0.1M}$ of $\ce{KBrO4}$ with reaction: $$\ce{KBrO4 + 4SO2 + H2O -> 4H2SO4 + KBr}$$ The equivalent point is reached when the volume of $\ce{KBrO4}$ is ...
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Tap water pH adjustment using citric acid

I've lowered tap water pH from 7 to 6 using citric acid. After couple of hours pH raised again to 7. What is the reason for this raise? Citric acid overcomes waters buffering feature then raise the $...
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Calculating pH and pOH of acidic solutions [closed]

Calculate the the $\mathrm{pH}$ when $\pu{1M}$ of $\ce{HCl}$ acid dissociate in water? In this question most of books solve it by taking the concentration of $\ce{H+}$ as $\pu{1M}$ and the $\mathrm{...
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How does pH affect the degradation of ascorbic acid (vitamin C)?

I know that vitamin C degrades over time (as I understand through oxidation). However, I am having trouble understanding how changing the pH of the solution in which the vitamin C is affects the rate ...
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Is the equation pH + pOH = 14 valid at different temperatures?

$\mathrm{pH} + \mathrm{pOH} = 14$ For water at 60 degrees Celsius, $K_\mathrm{w} = 1 \times 10^{-13} = [\ce{H+}] \times [\ce{OH-}]$ Hence, $[\ce{H+}] = 1 \times 10^{-6.5} = [\ce{OH-}]$ So $\...
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Effect of Temperature on pH of Water

The $K_\mathrm w$ is a function of temperature. It is $10^{-14}$ at $25\ \mathrm{^\circ C}$. When the temperature is $50\ \mathrm{^\circ C}$, the $K_\mathrm w$ can be calculated to be somewhere around ...
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How to find the molar concentration of two compounds mixed together in a buffer solution having the Kb and its Ph [duplicate]

Calculate how many milliliters of a $\pu{8.00 \times 10^{−1} M}$ solution of $\ce{NH3}$ and how many milliliters of a $\pu{7.80 \times 10^{−1} M}$ solution of $\ce{NH4Cl}$ are needed to get to a liter ...
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pH responsive polymer which is immiscible in water?

Can anyone suggest a pH-responsive polymer, which is immiscible in water (polar solvent) but miscible in oil (e.g vegetable oil)? I want to study the change in the density of such polymers when they ...
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“Adjust pH of the solution to 5.0±0.1 with acetic acid (by potentiometry)”

In a procedure description I'm translating, there's this sentence (I here quote it literally, word for word, as it is in Russian): Adjust the pH of the solution to 5.0±0.1 with acetic acid (by ...
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How does increasing the Hydrogen Concentration of CuSO4 (electrolyte) affect electroplating of copper

I'm trying to find an answer as to how lowering the pH of the CuSO4 solution during electroplating of copper affects the amount of copper deposited onto the cathode. My very basic understanding is ...
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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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Can ascorbic acid be neutralized and keep it's elastic properties in dough?

Ascorbic acid (C6H8O6) is commonly used in dough to give it strength and elasticity. However, I need this dough to be alkaline, or at the very least neutral. I've used sodium carbonate (Na2CO3) before ...
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pH of amphoteric species

For a solution of $\ce{HA-}$, I have seen the following approximations for the $\mathrm{pH}:$ $$\mathrm{pH} = \frac{1}{2}(\mathrm{p}K_\mathrm{a1} + \mathrm{p}K_\mathrm{a2})\tag{1}$$ $$\mathrm{pH} = \...
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How to simplify these system of equilibrium equations

What is the pH when $0.025$ mol $\ce{NiCl2}$ is added to $\pu{1.00 L}$ of a $\pu{0.100 M}$ solution of $\ce{HCN}$, if the formation constant for $\ce{Ni(CN)4^2-}$ is $K_f=\pu{1.0e22}$, and the $K_a$ ...
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Acidic nature of boric acid when its concentration high

Following statement was given for boric acid $(\ce{H3BO3}):$ At low concentrations $(\leq\pu{0.02 M})$ essentially $\ce{B(OH)3}$ and $\ce{B(OH)4-}$ are present, but at higher concentration the ...
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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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Why does pH affect fermentation?

I know that the lower the pH the faster fermentation occurs. Why does this happen?
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Is there a relationship between acidity of the water solution and oxidation/reduction reactions?

What I want to know is if there is a relationship between the acidity of the water solution and redox reactions and if there is a relationship what favors the oxidation and what favors the reduction? ...
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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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Acidity comparison on R-PO3H2

Question Compare the acidity $(K_\mathrm{a1})$ of the following three acids: $\ce{H3PO4},$ $\ce{Ph-PO(OH)2}$ and $\ce{H3C-PO(OH)2}.$ Thoughts These three acids are of type $\ce{R-PO3H2},$ where ...
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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 unprotonated states for each individual histidine as a function of $\mathrm{pH}$ my titration ...
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Use of Concentration for pH

When we find the pH of a solution, do we use normality or molarity? My teacher said that if the compound is present by itself, we can use normality but in all other cases we should use molarity. Can ...
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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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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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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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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 ...