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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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pH change with temperature

I understand that the pH of solutions decreases as the temperature increases but is there a reason as to why some solution's pH decreases more than others even if the temperature change is the same?
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Determining the pH of an organic solvent

Our work is faced with the issue of determining the charge of compounds that are dissolved in chloroform. One could realistically determine the charge of the relevant moieties knowing the $\mathrm{p}...
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Evaluate mass of salt needed to add to a buffer solution knowing only pH

This is an exercise taken from an old exam, I'm struggling with the resolution. To a solution of a generic weak acid $\ce{HA}$ were added $\pu{2.40 g}$ of a potassium salt of the $\ce{KA}$. The ...
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What could be causing noisy pH measurements?

I designed and built a hydroponics system with pH logging and I am trying to understand why pH measurements in the nutrient reservoir vary ~ ±0.2 pH while measurements in a separate bottle of probe ...
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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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Why will a strong acid neutralize as much base as a weak acid?

This is a simple concept that I can't seem to understand. Why will a strong acid neutralize as much base as a weak acid, if the acids are of the same volume and concentration? A strong acid will ...
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Why can't the strength of superacids be measured in water?

I learned about acid strength, that the strength of an acid increases with it's degree of ionization when solvated. So, in water, a strong acid is one where $\ce{[H_3O^+]}$ is large, which is equal to ...
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Why must a buffer solution contain both a weak acid and a salt solution of its conjugate base?

Doesn’t the weak acid dissociate to produce the conjugate base on its own? I understand that when a strong base is added to the buffer solution, the hydroxide ions will react with the hydrogen ions ...
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Does the number of H+ ions in solution go up on dilution of a weak acid?

In my textbook, a footnote says: In case of weak acids, on dilution the total number of $\ce{H^{+}}$ ions in solution increases because dissociation of the weak acid increases This didn't make ...
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Sugar solutions have a neutral pH in themselves, but it makes your body acidic. Why? [closed]

I'm not an expert, but as far as I understood a sugar solution is completely neutral since sugar can't take hydrogen ions out of the water or donate them in. Sugar is a non ionic compound, so it does ...
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pH of a buffer solution calculation

Calculate the pH of a mixture of $75\:\mathrm{cm^3}$ of methanoic acid solution of concentration $0.10\:\mathrm{mol\:dm^{-3}}$ and $75\:\mathrm{cm^3}$ of sodium hydroxide solution of concentration $0....
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Dissolving Tylenol Science Experiment - why is it fastest in distilled water?

My son has a science experiment for class to dissolve Tylenol (325mg acetaminophen) in 3 different solutions (125 mL volume each): Distilled water Vinegar (1 part white vinegar to 4 parts water) Salt ...
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If you add AlCl3 to water, why does the pH decrease?

You are not adding any hydrogen ions, so why does the pH of the solution decrease? Thank you in advance. EDIT: I will add the context of my asking this question to clarify some details. This is not ...
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How to solve for concentration of two equilibrium reactions with finite equilibrium constants?

I have a small problem of equilibrium that I counldn't solve. I want the exact answer. No approximations please. $$ \begin{array}{ll} \ce{H2O + H2O <=> H3O+ + OH-} &\quad\left(K_w = 1\cdot ...
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Optimum pH range for formation of Schiff bases

What is the optimum range of pH for the formation of Schiff Bases by the addition of hydroxylamine to an aldehyde or a ketone? According to Peter Sykes' A Guidebook to Mechanisms in Organic Chemistry,...
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Regarding acid-base reactions, how does one know when a hydrophobic base substance is fully protonated?

When there's a weak base substance (hydrophobic powder), and it needs to be completely protonated by adding an acid (eg: HCl), how does one know when it's completely protonated? Since the powdered ...
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Why does saline have a pH of 5.5?

I am a physician and administer 0.9% NaCl in water ("normal saline") to patients frequently. The bag says it has a pH of 5.5 (compared to the human body of 7.4). I am asking why the pH is so low. It ...
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Seeming discrepancy between pKa and corresponding Ka of methylamine

The first entry in PubChem for the $\mathrm pK_\mathrm a$ of methylamine is $10.657$ at $25\ \mathrm{^\circ C}$. My elementary understanding is that this would be found as the negative log of the $K_\...
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Why should colorimetric titration of a weak acid with a weak base not be done in laboratory? [closed]

Why should colorimetric titration of weak acid with a weak base (or vice versa) not be done in laboratory? How can I draw a pH graph for this?
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What is the necessary volume of concentrated HCl to prepare a solution with a pH of 1.8?

I am trying to solve the following exercise: What volume of a concentrated $\ce{HCl}$ solution, which is $36.0\%$ $\ce{HCl}$ by mass and has a density of $1.179~\mathrm{g~mL^{-1}}$, should be ...
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Why does an acid have a low pH value?

When study biology in class, I don't know how my teacher get to the topics on pH value. So, she says that pH stands for percentage hydrogen. Then, I thought there is something strange about it cause ...
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Understanding how the definitions of pH and activity are compatible

At $T=\pu{25 ^\circ C}$ and $P=\pu{1bar}$, the density of water is $\pu{0.997 kg L-1}$. Neglecting nonideality of the mixture $\ce{H2O(l), H+}$ and $\ce{OH-}$ (all activity coefficients are close to $...
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MgCl2 acidic or neutral in water?

I'm currently taking chemistry 12. On our test we were asked, when given a $0.1~\mathrm{M}$ solution of certain compounds whether the resulting solution when added to water would be acidic, basic, or ...
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Experimental determination of pH [closed]

I am trying to determine the experimental pKa for two weak acids that were titrated against 0.20M NaOH. I have read elsewhere that you can take the point where the graph becomes steep and divide the ...
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When an acid is added to water, why does the hydroxide ion concentration decrease?

At equilibrium in pure water, we have $$\ce{[H_3O+][OH-]} = 10^{-14}$$ Since $\ce{H3O+}$ and $\ce{OH-}$ ions are produced in pairs, we may conclude $$\ce{[H_3O+]}=\ce{[OH-]} = 10^{-7}$$ So far so ...
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Should the 'a' in the acid dissociation constant (Ka or pKa) be capitalised?

In science, the negative logarithm of the acid dissociation constant is denoted $\mathrm{p}K_\mathrm{a}$ or $\mathrm{p}K_\mathrm{A}$ depending on the source (lowercase "a" or uppercase "A"). Since it ...
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Alkaline glycine buffer molarity

Having never prepared a buffer solution before, I am hoping for a little help in understanding the process. This method I plan to use calls for a $\pu{0.1M}$ glycine buffer at pH $10.6$. Some ...
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What are standard controllers for automatic pH control?

My background in control theory comes from electrical engineering (robots, motors, etc.) and I want to build a control system for automatic pH control. Can I directly apply my knowledge from ...
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neutralization of a strong acid with a strong base [closed]

When a 1M H2SO4 is mixed with an equal volume of 1M NaOH, is the mixture acidic, basic, or neutral?
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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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How do I calculate the amount of polyprotic acid and base needed to achieve a certain buffer pH?

e.g. Citric Acid and Trisodium Citrate $\ce{H3C6H5O7 <=>[ka_1] H2C6H5O7- + H+ <=>[ka_2] HC6H5O7^2- + H+ <=>[ka_3] C6H5O7^3- + H+}$ Using the definition of Ka and substituting for ...
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Why the pH of xanthan gum in aqueous solution is 7 (neutral) when it has glucuronic and pyruvic acids in its chemical structure?

Since xanthan gum has both glucuronic and pyruvic acids in its chemical structure, it should release $\ce{H+}$ ions upon solvation in an aqueous solution and make it acidic. However, the meausured $\...
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How to find pH by mixing two solutions of different concentrations?

A mixture is made by combining 110 mL of 0.15 M $\ce{HCl}$ and 215 mL of 0.055 M $\ce{HI}$. What is the pH of the solution? $$\ce{HCl -> H+ + Cl-}$$ $$\ce{HI -> H+ + I-}$$ According to what I ...
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Wood Hydrolysis

According to this article on Live Strong, children have an average saliva pH of 7.5, while adults tend to be more acidic, with a saliva pH of 6.5 or lower. Even though a pH of 6 is not very ...
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Does a solution of pH zero contain hydroxide ions? [closed]

Are there hydroxide ions in a solution of pH 0?
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Where on the backbone does a peptide get protonated at low pH?

As a particular example, how does the backbone of a peptide look at $\mathrm{pH}~2$? Where does the backbone get protonated in such an acidic solution? I know that at low $\mathrm{pH}$ the free ...
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Which salt will best be able to buffer the addition of HCl?

From these three salts, which will be best able to buffer the addition of $\ce{HCl}$? ammonium chloride sodium carbonate ammonium acetate. I think sodium carbonate is the right choice ...
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Why doesn't pH = pKa1 in the buffer zone for this titration?

Below is an image from my textbook representing the titration curve for the titration of $5.00\ \mathrm{mL}$ of $0.010\ \mathrm M$ $\ce{H2S2O3}$ with $0.010\ \mathrm M$ $\ce{KOH}$, which has $\mathrm ...
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pH throughout a titration

Estimate the $\ce{pH}$ of the solution that results when $\ce{75.0 mL}$ of $\ce{0.275 M HCl}$ is added to $\ce{50.0 mL}$ of $\ce{0.275 M Na2HPO4 (aq)}$. My book gives the successive $\ce{Ka}$ values ...
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Acid neutralization [closed]

I am working on a biogas plant, digester volume 3000 liter, right now pH condition is acidic at 4.00 my requirement is to maintain pH to 6.50 to 7.20 what should I do? some suggestions are there like, ...
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How do I find the theoretical pH of a buffer solution after HCl and NaOH were added, separately?

This question is about the theoretical pH of a buffer solution. Calculate the theoretical pH values expected for a $\pu{200mL}$ buffer solution containing a 1:1 ratio of acetic acid and sodium ...
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Water values and water hardness

We have drinking water with the following values: Calcium mg/l 62.7 Magnesium mg/l 10.3 total hardness 7.) dH 11.1 Total hardness 7) mmol/l CaCO3 1,99 Carbonate hardness °dH 8.5 ...
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Can Henderson-Hasselbalch equation be used to determine the pH of a solution when a strong base and a strong salt of that base stay together?

The following problem I have stated was not given to me as a homework. I have found this one in my textbook. I have solved it in my own way, but I'm not sure about the correctness of my procedure. I ...
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What are the products of the dissociation of sodium bicarbonate in water? What is the relative pH of the solution?

I had a recent question on a test that asked what the products would be if sodium hydrogen carbonate were dissolved in water. I had a few candidate answers $\displaystyle\ce{NaHCO3 -> Na+ + HCO3-}$...
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Calculating the pH of a highly dilute solution of HCl

For relatively high concentrations of $\ce{HCl}$, I usually just assume that $[\ce{H+}] = [\ce{HCl}]$, because $\ce{HCl}$ is a strong acid and is completely ionized in solution. By taking the negative ...
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What is the pH of CsBr?

What is the pH of CsBr? 3.8 7 9 12 According to me, $\ce{Cs+ + H2O <<=> CsOH + H+}$ (because $\ce{CsOH}$ is a strong base, the forward reaction should not occur, right?) ...
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EQPt pH of a Monoprotic Acid-Base Titration: Product of Molarites Over Their Sum

Context The Henderson-Hasselbalch equation is as follows. $$pH=-\log\big(K_a\big)+\log\bigg(\frac{[A^-]}{[HA]}\bigg)$$ One may follow its derivation in order to understand how it came to be, yet ...
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Calculate pH of a weak acid and weak base neutralization reaction

I'm an industrial pharmacist needing some help with some chemistry basics. I'm trying to calculate the theoretical pH of an effervescent preparation containing 2 mmol citric acid ($\ce{H3C6H5O7}$), 4 ...
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What chemicals are in tap water that gives it a slightly basic pH level

In chemistry, we recently did a lab where we observed the different ways of reading pH of several different substances. We used things such as red cabbage juice, litmus paper, pH paper and a pH probe. ...
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Confusion About Acid/Bases That Don’t Follow the Arrhenius Definition [closed]

I understand that acidity is merely a reflection of how many free hydrogen ions are in water, and basisicity is just a reflection of the number of hydroxide ions, but I don’t understand how this ...