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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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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 $\pu{0.020 mol}$ ...
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Calculating the pH of a buffer made by a diprotic acid and its double salt

The concentration of the diprotic acid (tartaric acid) will be constant at $\pu{ 0.1 M}$. I want to find the concentration of its double salt (potassium sodium tartrate) needed to create a buffer of $\...
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Is it possible to determine the pH that results in maximum buffer capacity from a Bjerrum plot?

If buffer capacity is normally at a maximum when pH=pKa because there is an equal concentration of acid and conjugate base in the buffer (so there's an equal amount of substance that can absorb acid ...
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Buffer Capacity Calculation

I know buffer capacity is the following: $$β=\frac{Δ(\ce{H+})}{Δ(\mathrm{pH})}$$ specifically the amount of acid/base that needs to be added to change pH by 1 unit. If I have data about how pH of a ...
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Calculating Buffer Capacity

I completed a titration of Ammonium Acetate buffer solution and to it I added $\pu{2M}$ Hydrochloric Acid. I measured the initial $\ce{pH}$ of the buffer solution before any acid was added and I ...
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Why does buffer capacity of tartrate buffer generally decrease as the buffer pH increases?

From what I see, the buffer capacity of tartrate buffer is generally decreasing as buffer pH increases. Why is this? Also, does this mean that tartrate buffer doesn't have a maximum buffer capacity at ...
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Effects of Ka on the Half-Equivalence Point

I'm new to studying chemistry at a university level and am currently reviewing acid-base titrations. I am wondering about the relationship between your ionization constant for a weak acid ($K_\mathrm{...
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Dissociation degree hell, Ostwald's law of dilution

Greetings dear chemists! I got a nice exam problem on wich i am stuck for hours, well maybe the problem is with me. I know the problem can be solved. So here we go. We got a weak monoprotic acid, we ...
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Drug pH and pKa known, is it an acid or a base? [closed]

I want to answer the question if a drug which is analysed for pH and pKa is ionised or not ionised in a cow stomach with a pH of 6. The drug has a pH of 8,52 and a pKa of 8,78. Since the pH is 8,52 ...
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How to make a pH 6.8 Tris buffer?

To preface this, I am a biologist. I need to make a $\mathrm{pH}=6.8$, $\pu{1 M}$ Tris buffer. We have access to Tris base and Tris Hydrochloride. (Unfortunately, none of the fancy Tris compounds ...
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The pH scale/calculating pH level [closed]

How much water do you need to add to 10 mL of a solution of HCl with a pH of 4 to change the pH to 5?
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Identifying Lewis acid

What is the Lewis acid on the reactants side? $$\ce{HNO2(aq) + HPO4^{2-}(aq) <=> NO2-(aq) + H2PO4-(aq)}$$ The book says it is the $\ce{H+}$ only, not the whole molecule of the nitrous acid, ...
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not understanding buffering region vs equivalence point [closed]

"During the titration of a weak polyprotic acid with a strong base, the first stoichiometric equivalence point occurs when the moles of added base are equal to the moles of the initial acid species. ...
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Can hydrofluoric acid etch glass at a pH of 7.0?

Will it still etch glass when very dilute? Will the reaction still proceed slowly? At what pH will the reaction stop completely? From Wikipedia on hydrogen fluoride: "Although hydrofluoric acid is ...
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Calculating the pH of buffer solution made of two salts of a polyprotic acid

When we are making a buffer solution by solutions of a weak acid and its salt like $\ce{CH3COOH}$ and $\ce{CH3COONa}$, or by a weak base and its salt like $\ce{NH3}$ and $\ce{NH4Cl}$, we can use the ...
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Identifying unknown solution with indicators. why is one pKa value ignored and how to treat negatives values?

Three test tubes contain an identical solution of unknown pH. The first one is tested with thymolphthalein and turns colourless The second is tested with a-naphtholphthalein and turns blue ...
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How to calculate concentrations when dissolving two salts?

Some solid silver bromate was dissolved together with solid silver acetate what would be the highest achievable pH? \begin{align} K_\mathrm{sp}(\ce{AgBrO3}) &= 5.38 \times 10^{-5}\\ K_\mathrm{sp}...
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Determination of pKb of a mono acidic base

$20$ mL of a weak monoacidic base($\text{BOH}$) requires $12$ mL of $0.3$ M $\text{HCl}$ solution for the equivalence point. During titration, the pH of the base solution was $10$ upon the addition of ...
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How to calculate pH of solution made of H3PO4 and Na3PO4? [closed]

I am unable to calculate the $\mathrm{pH}$ of a solution made of $\pu{0.1 M}$ $\ce{H3PO4}$ and $\pu{0.05 M}$ $\ce{Na3PO4}$. How to set the approximation and which ions are present at the ...
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NMR Prediction for compounds at variable pH values

Like the title says, I'm looking for any software package that may be able to simulate a variety of NMR at a variety of different pHs. The majority of the software programs that I've found do not have ...
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Why proton concentration is divided by 10⁻⁷?

I am reviewing the book Biochemistry Concepts and Connections by Appling, Cahill, and Mathews and I cannot understand why they divide by the hydrogen concentration by $10^{-7}$. Why not just leave it ...
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How can I preserve chlorophyll for long periods of time?

I'm currently working on a XIX century photographic process called Anthotype. It relies on organic colored substances that fade when exposed to sunlight. For the substances I've tried alcoholic ...
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How do I calculate how much sodium hydroxide I need to add to get a new pH?

A 100 ml $\ce{HCl}$ solution has a pH of $3.7$. You want the solution to be of pH 4.5. You have a solution of $10\ \mathrm M$ $\ce{NaOH}$. How much $\ce{NaOH}$ do you need to add to to the $100\ \...
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Should the tip of the burette of an automatic titrator be immersed in the analyte?

In all the tutorials I found online, the tip of the burette (containing the titrant - NaOH) was immersed into the analyte solution. My question is: shouldn't the tip be out of the solution? Isn't ...
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What are the concentration changes when diluting an equimolar acetic acid: acetate buffer?

When a buffer (for example, a mixture of 100 mM acetic acid and 100 mM acetate), is diluted 10-fold, all the concentrations change drastically. Surprisingly, after re-establishment of equilibrium, the ...
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How is preparing a buffer possible?

I understand the concept of an equilibrium buffer solution, however I am a bit hung on how creating it doesn't shift the weak acid equilibrium. $$\ce{CH3COOH + H2O <=> CH3COO- + H3O+}$$ $$ K_\...
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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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The effect of NaCl on the ability of an acid to protonate benzoate

I've been doing several experiments using soda to quantify the amounts of caffeine and benzoate. Because of our methods of analysis, we had to decarbonate our soda. The experiment offered two ways for ...
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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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What alkali and alkaline earth metal oxides will turn moist red litmus blue and finally white? [closed]

How many of the following will turn moist red litmus blue and finally white? $\ce{Li2O}$, $\ce{KO3}$, $\ce{RbO2}$, $\ce{Cs2O2}$, $\ce{BeO}$, $\ce{MgO}$, $\ce{BaO2}$, $\ce{SrO}$. Since bleach ...
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What is the benefit of using a pH indicator reagent over pH strips or a meter?

I've recently started getting into chemistry a bit as a hobby. Nothing serious, just amateur level stuff mostly, primarily just to educate myself. Whenever I need to determine the pH level of a ...
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Dissociation behaviour of polyelectrolytes

Assuming a solution of 100 polycationic molecules, each of them carrying 100 amino groups and an apparent pKa of 6.5. Would it mean that, at a pH of 6.5, 50 molecules will be fully protonated 50 ...
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Can an acid have a high pH? [closed]

I am studying anesthetics and came across thiopental which is considered a weak acid. However it has a pH of 10.5. I always learned that greater than 7 is alkaline. I’m looking for some guru to help ...
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How is seawater alkaline?

If when water and carbon dioxide react they form carbonic acid, carbonate, and bicarbonate, how does seawater still have a pH of around 8? Doesn't a compound need an hydroxide ion to be a base?
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Concentration of Hydrogen Ions

I am slightly confused about one certain task. There are 4 different solutions ($\ce{NH3}$, $\ce{HCl}$, $\ce{NaOH}$, $\ce{CH3COOH}$), their concentration is the same $(c = \pu{1 mol L-1}).$ Which ...
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Solubility and pH

I was reading about antacids. It stated that in earlier times $\ce{NaHCO3}$ and a mixture of aluminium and magnesium hydroxide were used as antacids. In excess $\ce{NaHCO3}$ can make the medium ...
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Acidic and alkaline salt solutions: why do some salt form acid/bases while others don't

I have a question regarding salts and their solutions. How come some salts, like sodium carbonate and ammonium chloride, produce acids/bases when dissolved in water? Moreover, how can you predict ...
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Calculating dissociation degree from pH and Ka without given initial acid concentration

Is it possible to calculate the dissociation degree (DD) from pH and Ka without directly been given the initial acid concentration? I found the following formula: $$\text{DD} = \frac{K_\mathrm{a}}{...
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Calculating the pH of a ammonium hydrogen sulfate solution

I am attempting to complete a question in which I need to use an ICE table to calculate the pH of a $\pu{2.61 mol L-1}$ $\ce{NH4HSO4}$ (ammonium hydrogen sulfate) solution. When $\ce{NH4HSO4}$ ...
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How to calculate the pH of a solution given the concentration and pKa's of solutes? [closed]

For example, if I have a solution of 50mM acetlycholine (pKa = 4.5), how would I go about calculating the pH of the solution? Thanks
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What is the pKa of iodous acid?

Searching the web readily gives the $\mathrm{p}K_\mathrm{a}$ of hydroiodic acid, hypoiodous acid, and iodic acid, however, extensive searching did not result in any value of the $\mathrm{p}K_\mathrm{a}...