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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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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 ...
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How does a pH glass electrode work?

Every source I read mentions the potential difference building up at the glass membrane (according to the Nernst equation). But how is this difference actually measured? Sticking an electrode into a ...
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Calculating pH when weak base is added to an strong acid

$\ce{NH3}$ solution of $\pu{0.1 mol dm-3}$ is being added to a $\pu{25.0 cm3}$ of $\pu{0.1 mol dm-3}$ $\ce{HCl}$ solution. Calculate the pH of the solution when volume of added $\ce{NH3}$ solution is $...
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Why do weak acids like ethanol not act as a strong base in water?

In water, ethanol has a $\mathrm{p}K_\mathrm{a} = 15.9$ which means that its $\mathrm{p}K_\mathrm{b}$ is $-1.9$. Which implies that all weak acids in water are in fact strong bases. But this is not ...
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Can I use litmus paper to test unknown liquid that contains a concentrated strong acid?

Can I use litmus paper to test unknown liquid that contains a concentrated strong acid (example $\ce{H2SO4}$)? Can concentrated strong acid destroy litmus paper?
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Will strong concentrated acid destroy litmus paper and pH paper if they are dipped in acid?

I am curious to know what will happen if I have litmus paper and pH paper, and I dip them into strong concentrated acid like conc. $\ce{H2SO4}$ to test its acidity or basicity. Will acid destroy ...
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Can I use the Henderson–Hasselbalch for calculating the pH of non-buffer systems?

Can I use the Henderson–Hasselbalch equation on reactions that are not buffers? When I read up on the derivation of the equation, I noticed that there is absolutely no assumption on the relative ...
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pH of a buffer made with boric acid and potassium dihydrogen borate

The Problem Calculate the pH of a buffer that is $\pu{0.200M}$ $\ce{H3BO3}$ and $\pu{0.122M}$ $\ce{KH2BO3}$. The $K_\mathrm{a}$ for $\ce{H3BO3}$ is $7.3\times10^{-10}$ What I Tried For each of ...
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Can Acids have pH of more than 7? [duplicate]

Consider a solution of $\text{HCl}$ with a concentration of $10^{-10}$ $\text{M}$. Now, if I find it's pH: $$\text{pH} = -\log([\text{H}^+])$$ $$\text{pH} = -\log(10^{-10}) = 10$$ At room temperature, ...
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What's wrong in this? [duplicate]

While calculating pH of $10^{-8}$M HCl, we take into account the $\ce{H^+}$ ions released by water. But water also releases $\ce{OH-}$ions.So she shouldn't they neutralise the $\ce{H+}$ ions?
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Measuring pH in ferric oxalate solutions

I have a problem with measuring $\mathrm{pH}$ in ferric oxalate solutions ($\sim 5~\text{to}~\pu{10 g L-1}$ $\ce{Fe},$ $\pu{0.8 M}$ oxalic acid, $\pu{25 °C}$). While I am sure about the $\mathrm{pH}$-...
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Calculation of resultant pH

A solution with $\mathrm{pH}=4$ is mixed with a solution with $\mathrm{pH}=10$ in equal volumes. Calculate resultant $\mathrm{pH}$. Please note both solution consists of strong acids and/or bases i....
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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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How to find the pH of acetic acid after adding sodium hydroxide?

$3\cdot 10^{-2}\ \mathrm{mol}$ of $\ce{NaOH}$ are added to a $1\,\mathrm{l}$ solution of $2\cdot10^{-2}~\mathrm{M}\ \ce{CH3COOH}$. Find the $\mathrm{pH}$ of the solution. I don't understand why my ...
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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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Calculate the pH of buffer solution

PROBLEM: A solution was prepared by mixing $\pu{25.00 mL}$ of $\ce{NaOH}$ $\pu{(c = 1mol/L)}$ and $\pu{10.00 mL}$ of acetic acid $\pu{(c = 2.5 mol/L)}$ in water to give $\pu{250 mL}$ of solution. ...
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Is it possible to raise pH in RO water without Na, Mg, K, Ca, S addition?

Maybe the question in the title is simple (=stupid) and the answer is 'simple No' but I have the urge to ask. Some background, I have an aquarium which I use RO water and I use some portions of $\ce{...
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pH of strong acid weak acid mixture [closed]

Question: $\ce{H2S}$ ($\pu{0.1M}$; $K_\mathrm{a} = 1.2×10^{-20} $) and $\ce{HCl}$ ($\pu{0.3M}$) with same volume are mixed together. What is the resultant $\mathrm{pH}$? My approach: Let the volume ...
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Calculating molecular weight of an acid based on given values of mass, volume, pH and pKa

This is what I thought was an easy problem but according to a given answer I am doing it wrong: $\pu{11 mg}$ of a monoprotic acid was dissolved in $\pu{0.5 l}$ of water. The resulting $\mathrm{pH}$ ...
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Calculating pH of solution

What is the $\mathrm{pH}$ when you dissolve equal amounts of $\ce{NaHCO3}$ and $\ce{Na2CO3}$ in water? When both of the compounds are dissolved, we will have equal amounts of $\ce{HCO3-}$ and $\ce{...
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Calculating the ph of an unknown solution by measuring the precipitate [closed]

You have an unknown metal hydroxide, but no meters or indicators. You have lead (II) nitrate, which is soluble in it, and lead (II) hydroxide that is insoluble in it. You take one liter of the unknown ...
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Calculate pH of a buffer solution

Calculate the pH in a buffer prepared from $\pu{50 mL, 0.30 M}$ formic acid ($\ce{HCOOH}$) and $\pu{30 mL, 0.40 M}$ sodium formate ($\ce{HCOONa}$). My way of solving: $n_{\ce{HCOOH}} = 0.05 \times ...
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How accurately does (pKa1 + pKa2) / 2 estimate the pH of an amphoteric salt?

This question came up when answering Find the pH and amphiprotic salt is added to water at room temperature. If we dissolve $\ce{NaHA}$ in water, the species $\ce{HA-}$ can act as acid or base: $$ \...
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In the graph provided, which of the substances is the most efficient in acting as an antacid?

If every dot represents the addition of 0.1 g of the respective base. I suppose that the best would be the one that reaches the highest pH, in the shortest time, for example Calcium Carbonate, but if ...
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Calculating pH of weak base and strong acid: Why is K(a) not required?

Question: 35mL of 1.5M $\ce{HCN}$, a weak acid(K(a)= $6.2*10^{-10}$) is mixed with 25mL of 2.5M $\ce{KOH}$. Calculate the pH of final solution. The solution given in my textbook is as follows:- $\ce{...
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Could this solution be resolved by titration?

I have a mixture of $\ce{NH_4NO_3}$ and $\ce{NH_3}$ at $\ce{pH}$ of about 13. It is possible to determine the concentration of both on them by acid-base titration? I was told it's possible, and that ...
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Is there a pH range for “neutral” detergents?

There exist many home made pH scales like these But do any of you know if there is an "official" scale that defines if a neutral detergent is 7 sharp or within a range _______?
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pKa value of an indicator

Can we deduce the actual value of $\mathrm{p}K_\mathrm{a}$ of an indicator if the $\mathrm{pH}$ range has been given? I know that $\mathrm{pH}$ range is physically the range of values over which an ...
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How to make an alkaline wax mixture?

I want to treat a wax so that it has an alkaline pH of at least 10. I tried just mixing sodium hydroxide with beeswax but the sodium hydroxide reacted with the beeswax and changed its properties. I ...
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Citric acid and ammonium nitrate

Soil based question. I have soil with to much Ammonium Nitrate in it. I am wondering if I use citric acid and water mixed will that flush out the extra Ammonium Nitrate that has built up in the soil. ...
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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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Can solid acids and bases have pH values? If not, how are they classified as acids or bases?

This answer states $\mathrm{pH}$ is the aqueous concentration of $\ce{H3O+}$ or $\ce{H+}$ ions in soution. I would not say that ice lacks $\ce{H3O+}$ and $\ce{OH-}$ ions as ice's structure would ...
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At what acid concentration does potassium metabisulfite react?

I'm in the process of developing a well preserved food-stuff containing potassium metabisulfite and a number of acids (acetic, ascorbic, malic, tartaric, citric, lactic). Wine-making literature ...
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pH of CH3COOH + HCl solution (shouldn't be a buffer)

$\pu{0.05 L}$ of a solution containing $\pu{0.3 M}$ acetic acid $(\ce{CH3COOH}$, $K_\mathrm{a} = \pu{1.8e-5})$ are added to $\pu{75 mL}$ of a solution containing $\pu{0.02 M}$ hydrochloric acid ($\ce{...
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Weight of sodium acetate required to get to certain pH

How many grams of $\ce{CH3COONa}$ we need to dissolve in $\pu{2.50 L}$ of water to get a solution with $\mathrm{pH} = 9.00$? Given $K_\mathrm{a}(\ce{CH3COOH}) = 1.75\cdot 10^{-5}$ Like solving a ...
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pH of a Calcium Hydroxide vs Magnesium Hydroxide solution [closed]

In an AQA 2017 Chemistry paper, a $0.0131 \pu{mol}\cdot\pu{dm^-3}$ saturated solution of calcium hydroxide is prepared and then the question asks to predict the pH of a similar solution of magnesium ...
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How do I calculate the hydronium ion concentration if I know the strontium hydroxide concentration?

This is my first question so I would appreciate feedback on how to ask better questions. Forgive me if I don't know how to properly format math/chem. The guide is confusing. I was taking a practice ...
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Determining the reduction potential of a half cell reaction at a given pH

$E^\circ_\ce{Cu^2+|Cu} = \pu{0.34 V}$. What will be reduction potential at $\mathrm{pH} = 14$ for the same couple? Given that $K_\mathrm{sp}$ of $\ce{Cu(OH)2}$ is $10^{-19}$. My Attempt I think ...
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Calcium Phosphate Dissolution

For what reason does Calcium Phosphate dissolute at low pH? What makes it pH dependent? This question arised after reading about the calcium phosphate bridges in casein micelles and how they 'break ...
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By how many pH units does rain vs distilled water change a soil pH test?

Sources state that the concentration of $\ce{H2CO3}$ in rain is of a few µmol; I don't know if that's per ml. The buffering effect of most soils is >1000 µmol $\ce{H+}$/kg. Is the difference from low ...
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Preparation of Copper (II) Sulfate Pentahydrate Solution

how would you make a solution of Copper (II) Sulfate Pentahydrate to achieve 150, 200, 250 and 300 mgL−1 concentration of copper? I do not have the anhydrous version of the solute. Also, when I ...