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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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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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Can someone explain how a water molecule reacts to form ions? [on hold]

How does a water molecule react in order to form ions? Please explain. H20 apparently separates into H+ and OH-.
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Determine the pH of 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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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 ...
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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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Calculating ionic strength and pH of a buffer solution [closed]

Im trying to calculate ion strength and pH of solution. Components of the solution: 47 ul of 1000 pmol DNA in Elution Buffer (10 mM Tris-HCl pH 8.5) was bound to 3 ul of 10 µM YoYo1 (flourescent dye) ...
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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 a negative pH level physically possible?

A friend of mine was looking over the definition of pH, and wondering if it is possible to have a negative pH level. From the equation below, it certainly seems possible—just have a $1.1$ (or ...
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Impact of pH? Change in Binding Affinity of protein-ligand complex based on pH and Kd?

When the $\mathrm{pH}$ was $5.0$, the temperature was $\pu{25 °C}$,the $K_\mathrm{D}$ was $\pu{5 μM}$, and [L] was equal to $K_D$, the protein(s) were half bound. Question considers half bound ...
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How can I prepare two phosphate buffer of different concentrations but give same pH? [closed]

How is it that buffers of different compositions can have the same pH? For example, it is possible to prepare 0.01 M phosphate buffer of pH 7.0 and 0.1 M phosphate buffer of pH 7.0? How? I used ...
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Why can Neutral Red (indicator) not test values below its pKa?

It is the only indicator I have found that does not test below its pka, and can't think of any reason for this. Neutral Red has a pKa value of 6.8. ( Reference 1, Reference 2 ), but looking at its pH ...
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Is methyl orange acidic or basic?

It has been saying that if adding too much indicator in solution, the ph value of solution would be changed. From this, it can be saying that indicators have a pH value. Methyl orange is the indicator ...
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Calculating amount of base needed to achieve a specific pH in a mixed ethanol-water solvent

I'm looking for some way to calculate how much base I will need to add to an unbuffered solvent consisting of a mixture of ethanol and water in order to basify it to a specific reading (10) on an a pH ...
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How a titration curve is affected when a poorly soluble salt is formed?

Suppose that I have $\pu{100 mL}$ solution of strong acid, $\ce{HA}$, at $\pu{0.10 mol L^{-1}}$. This solution is titrated with a strong base solution, $\ce{BOH}$, at $\pu{0.10 mol L^{-1}}$. Suppose ...
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How to control pH in a fermenter based on the acid produced by mircoorganism

I have got a bioreactor with an aqueous medium which produces biomass (yeast; S.cerevisiae) after inoculation. I am observing and collecting data over the whole process via probes/etc. on different ...
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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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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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What is the formula for theoretical buffer capacity for a diprotic buffer system?

According to Chembuddy, the formula for theoretical buffer capacity for a monoprotic buffer system is as follows: $$β = 2.303\left(\frac{K_\mathrm{w}}{[\ce{H+}]} + [\ce{H+}] + \frac{C_\mathrm{buf}...
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The time-dependent pH value in a fermentation

I want to know if someone has supporting tips or solutions to my problem: In biotechnology, fermentations are used to grow microorganisms. These need a specific media/broth in which temperature, pH, ...
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How to predict whether a salt will act as an acid or as a base in aqueous medium? [closed]

How to would we know if a salt such as $\ce{CO_2}$ reacts acidic or basic in water. The explanation I see everywhere is that you have to see the acid and base that makes up the salt, in the case of $\...
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How does sodium carbonate reduce pH?

Sodium carbonate is used in pools to raise pH. From my understanding, it would dissociate in water like so: $$\ce{Na2CO3 <=> 2 Na+ + CO3^2-}$$ To raise pH, doesn't it have to absorb hydrogen ...
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pH of very dilute acids

From doing some research on the site I have found that many people have posted about solutions of $\ce{HCl}$ where $[\ce{HCl}] = \pu{1e-8 mol dm-3}$ Here they are able to deduce $$[\ce{H+}] = \frac{[...
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Acid solution — lower pH when diluted

Today I came across a "thought experiment" regarding $\mathrm{pH}$ of a diluted acid solution. This idea looks somewhat logical but obviously contradicts the reality. Can you show me where is the ...
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Effects of gamma irradiation on pH buffer

Does anybody know if it is possible to gamma-irradiate a bottle of pH buffer to sterilise it? Are there any known effects (short-term or long-term) of the irradition process on the pH qualities of the ...
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What is the pH of a solution of iron acetate?

What is the pH of a $\ce{0.1 M}$ solution of $\ce{Fe(CH_3COO)_3}$? I'm not sure how to do this, as it would involve complicated mass balance equations, but I think I can apply the approximation $\ce{...
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Doubt on process to calculate pKa [closed]

I have to solve an exercise that I've been trying for a long time without success. Information that I have: pH @ certain temperature of an aqueous dissolution of an acid molar concentration ...
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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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Calculating the pH upon titrating barium hydroxide and hydrochloric acid

Question: Calculate the pH produced from mixing $\pu{25.0 mL}$ of $\pu{0.420 M} $ $\ce{Ba(OH)_2}$ with $\pu{125 mL}$ of $\pu{0.120 M}$ $\ce{ HCl}$. Attempt: I'm learning about acids and bases ...
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Titration of barium(II) hydroxide by hydrochloric acid

$\pu{25 ml}$ of $\pu{0.024 M}$ $\ce{HCl}$ is titrated into a volumetric flask which initially contains $\pu{45 ml}$ of $\pu{0.034 M}$ $\ce{Ba(OH)2}$. Calculate the $\mathrm{pH}$. This is how I ...
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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 might litmus paper and universal indicator give conflicting pH readings in an acid-carbonate reaction?

The resulting neutralised (which wasn't actually neutralised due to not realising CaCO3's insolubility) solution between Hydrochloric Acid and Calcium Carbonate, as per balanced equation CaCO₃ + 2HCl ...
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Acid/Base Indicator [closed]

I'm not sure how the concept and math work on this problem. Can someone show me how you can get the answer, both conceptually and using math?
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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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Amending soil pH to change the color of hydrangea flowers

I would like to ensure that my hydrangeas are blue. I am told that adding ammonium sulfate or aluminium sulfate will cause the soil to be more acidic. I am also told that adding elemental sulfur will ...
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Why does slaked lime water lose alkalinity over time?

When I throw 3 handfuls of white lime $\ce{Ca(OH)_2}$ into 60 gallons of tap water, the initial pH value is 11.4, but unknowingly it changes to pH 7. What is the chemistry behind it? How long does ...
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Why does pH of a buffer solution change according to Henderson–Hasselbalch equation? [closed]

If I add a little amount of acid or base to a buffer solution, the pH of the buffer won't change. That's what the diagramatic mechanism tells us. But according to Henderson–Hasselbalch equation, the $...
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Do TDS meters measure HCO₃⁻/CO₃²⁻?

I am trying to add $\pu{2 g}$ of $\ce{KHCO3}$ to $\pu{20 L}$ of RO water $(\mathrm{pH} = 5.2)$ which theoretically it will add $$ \begin{array}{lr} \hline \ce{K+} &\pu{10.32 ppm} \\ \ce{HCO3-} &...
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What is the cause for the difference in pH between NaCl and Ringer Lactate

Reading this article, I came across a passage which got me to think of this question: "Normal saline contains approximately $\pu{154mM}$ of each $\ce{Na+}$ and $\ce{Cl-}$ with average pH of 5.0 and ...
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Acid and base separation on an anion exchange column [closed]

I'm new with this concept and so I would need some advice. I want to separate an acid and a base in a water solution. The acid has $\mathrm{p}K_\mathrm{a}(\ce{HA}) = 5$ and the corresponding acid of ...
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Is there a means to measure pH without indicators?

I have created a solution that should contain hydroxide ions. Therefore, the pH > 7, but is there any way to roughly estimate the pH in absence of any indicator? Maybe using current, or checking ...
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Calculate the pH

Calculate the pH of a dissolution of 100 ml of 0.1 M solution of ammonium chloride in the style of 100 ml of 0.1 M hydrochloric acid solution $\ce{NH4Cl -> NH4+ + Cl-}$ $\ce{HCl -> H+ + Cl-}$ ...
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Why are synthetic pH indicators used over natural indicators?

Synthetic indicators seem to be exclusively used when determining the pH of a substance with an indicator (with the exception of that school experiment where you boil cabbage to demonstrate natural pH ...