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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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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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pH After Titration

50mL $\ce{SO2}$ titrated with 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 used as much 50mL. ...
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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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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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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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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 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 ...
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Influence of pH on precipitate crystallite sizes?

It's normally assumed that a higher pH of solution would slow nucleation rates and hence lead to larger crystal formation. I've found literature that it is due to solid-liquid inter-facial tension. ...
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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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Formation of silica from TEOS

Usually tetraethyl orthosilicate/tetraethoxy silane (TEOS) is mixed with both ethanol and water to produce silica in a sol-gel process. I am curious what happens if one adds TEOS to water at a high pH,...
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Reference Books on Electrolysis and Chemical Titration process [closed]

I'm in a General Chemistry course in college. We have laboratory, and then we are supposed to make a report on what we did, etc. I'm not entirely sure what the last laboratory was about, but it was ...
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Calculate pH at equivalence point [closed]

Calculate the pH at the equivalence point of a titration of 62 mL of 0.1 M $\ce{CH_3NH_2}$ with 0.20 M HCl. The $\ce{K_b}=4.4\cdot10^{-4}$. At the equivalence point, the moles of CH3NH2 equals the ...
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Can buffer solutions be used to control the pH of ethanol?

For my experiment, I want to investigate the effect of differing pH on the solubilities of a sparingly soluble drug. However, the solubility is too low for me to conduct a reliable study on the ...
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Getting pH of a weak acid and conjugate base with a given ratio [closed]

A practice question reads What is the $\ce{pH}$ of a solution of a weak acid and its conjugate base when the ratio of the concentrations of the conjugate base/weak acid is 1/3? (the weak acid $K_\...
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Adding weak acid to strong base, find pH [closed]

30mL 3M acetic acid (pka 4.7) is added to 50mL 2M NaOH. what is the resulting pH a) <2 b) between 2 and 7 c) 7 d) >7 ans =d can someone explain how to actually solve for pH? the solution ...
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Using electrolysis of water as a proton generator [closed]

I'm working on a project right now, where the challenge is to try to use electrolysis as a way of controlling the $\ce{pH}$ of water. I've set up an experiment where I have two separate chambers or ...
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pH of CH3CH2NH2 buffer solution [closed]

For $\pu{550.0 mL}$ of a buffer solution that is $\pu{0.170 M}$ in $\ce{CH3CH2NH2}$ and $\pu{0.150 M}$ in $\ce{CH3CH2NH3Cl}$, calculate the initial pH and the final pH after adding $\pu{0.020 mol}$ ...