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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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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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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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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 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 ...
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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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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{...