# Questions tagged [ph]

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

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### Why is ionic strength (mu) calculated differently for these 2 examples?

In the following examples; I don't understand why $\ce{Na_3PO_4}$ is a much more complicated process when calculating $\mu$ compared to $\ce{NaH_2PO_4}$ and $\ce{Na_2HPO_4}$. Specifically, I don't ...
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### Is this problem about acid-base titration wrong?

I wouldn't post mere 'problems' here normally, but I will hopefully be starting to give chemistry education to some 10-11-12th graders and I want to make sure that it is not I that has a problem but ...
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### Investigating a factor affecting buffer capacity

I'm preparing for an experiment to investigate some factor affecting buffer capacity. At the moment, I'm looking at using a $\ce{NH_3}$ ($2\,\mathrm{M}$) $+$ $\ce{NH_4Cl}$ buffer, but I'm not sure ...
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### What is the physical quantity/magnitude of pH?

I have a database to classify variables/parameters in water resources as follows: Variable: Precipitation (P); Quantity: Length; Units of measurement: mm (millimeters). Following the example, what ...
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### Could we reach a pH of 4.9 by blowing through straws?

According to Wikipedia's article on Breathing: The permanent gases in gas we exhale are 4% to 5% by volume more carbon dioxide and 4% to 5% by volume less oxygen than was inhaled. If I started ...
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### Relationship between the water ionization constant and ionic strength

I read in a textbook that the water ionization constant ($K_\mathrm{w}$) increases as the ionic strength of the solution increases and it confused me. If the ionic strength increased, then the ...
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### Is following graph is of a dibasic or monobasic acid?

Is the above graph is of a dibasic or monobasic acid? There is slight hint of it being of dibasic around 15. But is it enough to conclude ? I am confused.
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### net charge nucleobases at alkaline conditions

While doing anion exchange chromatography of a short oligonucleotide, I have noticed that at $\rm pH=12$, the oligo retains longer on the column than the same oligo- at $\rm pH=8$. I thought the ...
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### Explanation for behavior of acetic acid in aquaponic/hydroponic systems?

Because aquaponics is hydroponics with fish & bacteria, options for adjusting pH are limited. Primarily people use phosphoric acid, hydrochloric acid, and nitric acid (heavily diluted). A less ...
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### How do indicators work when they mixed with each other?

Methyl orange, bromothymol blue and phenolphthalein indicators were mixed together to form a solution. Over what pH range would the solution be yellow? I cannot understand the question. If two or ...
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### What is exactly the pH value of distilled water?

This was asked by one of my students in my class. I know it is the pH of 7, but others say it can be 6.55 pH
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### Aluminium sulphate solubility as function of the pH

earlier I asked about how to know the aluminium sulfate solubility as function of the ph (see the previous question here). I found this diagram on the page 57 of Rubin, A. J., & Hayden, P. L. (...
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### Finding pH of a buffer

What is the pH of a solution prepared by mixing 25.00 mL of 0.10 M methylamine, $\ce{CH3NH2}$, with 25.00 mL of 0.10 M methylammonium chloride, $\ce{CH3NH3Cl}$? Assume that the volume of the solutions ...
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### Ultraviolet acid base indicator

Is there a chemical(s) that provides good discrimination between absorbance curves for different pHs in the UV light spectrum (100-400nm?)
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### How to calculate the pH of a buffered solution with Henderson Hasselbalch?

Lets say you have a buffered solution containing $0.50~\mathrm{M}$ acetic acid ($K_a = 1.8 \cdot 10^{-5}$) and $0.50~\mathrm{M}$ sodium acetate, and you want to calculate the $\mathrm{p}\ce{H}$ of ...
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### pKa and pH graphically

I'm quite a newbie in chemistry and I'm trying to learn how logarithmic diagrams work. I have been told that you can calculate pKa and pH graphically: pKa, when [HA] = [A-] pH, when [H+] = [A-] Why ...
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### Does higher [OH] not entail higher pH?

A student has equal volumes of $\pu{1.0 mol dm-3}$ sodium hydroxide and ammonia solutions. Which statement about the solutions is correct? A. Sodium hydroxide has a lower electrical conductivity ...
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### Naming convention for buffer solutions/systems

Is there an official naming convention to follow for buffer solutions/systems? I've noticed that the name of the buffer usually just follows the name of the salt (ex. sodium acetate buffer), but what ...
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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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### 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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### How to calculate pH of basic salt solution mixed with strong base?

Calculate $\mathrm{ pH }$ of $\pu{ 0.05 mol }$ of $\ce{Zn(CH3COO)2}$ and $\pu{ 0.025 mol }$ of $\ce{ NaOH }$ dissolved in $\pu{ 1 L }$ of distilled water? I tried to use the systematic method by ...
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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 does p mean −log(x)?

$\mathrm{pH} = -\log[\ce{H+}]$ while $\mathrm{pOH} = -\log[\ce{OH-}]$ Why does $\mathrm p$ represent $-\log$ of something? Is it due to some historical reason or due to some scientific reason?
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### What is the pKa Range for weak acids and bases?

Am I correct in assuming that the following is true? $\mathrm pK_\mathrm a < 3$ is for a strong acid $3 < \mathrm pK_\mathrm a < 7$ is for a weak acid $7 < \mathrm pK_\mathrm a < 11$ ...
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### Why does dissolving a salt in water get a high pH?

I dissolved some sodium carbonate in water and I measured the $\mathrm{pH}$. It turned out to be 11. I don't really understand why dissolving it in water increased the $\mathrm{pH}$. I mean, I know ...
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### pH and materials selction [closed]

I working on the Navy study guide for their nuclear engineering programs and I am not a Chemist. Thus, I have come here to try and develop a better understanding of the subject matter. Why is pH ...