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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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Does dilution of a buffer affect pH?

The Henderson-Hasselbalch equation for the $\mathrm{pH}$ of a buffer solution of the monoprotic acid $\ce{HA}$ is given by $$\mathrm{pH}=\mathrm pK_\mathrm a+\log{\frac{[\ce{A-}]}{[\ce{HA}]}}$$ Since ...
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Why is a buffer solution best when pH = pKa i.e. when A-/HA=1

Buffers work best when $\mathrm{pH}$=$\mathrm{p}K_\mathrm{a}$ From the Henderson-Hasselbalch equation, $\mathrm{pH}= \mathrm{p}K_\mathrm{a} + \log_{10}\left(\frac{[\ce{A-}]}{[\ce{HA}]}\right)$ If $...
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What is the pH of this H2SO4 solution? [duplicate]

I'm trying to solve a simple problem which is driving me crazy. It says: Estimate the pH of a solution that contains 1 gram of $\ce{H_2SO_4}$ dissolved in 1 liter of water. When I solve the ...
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Calculating the pH of a weak acid from the Kb of its conjugate base

I'd start off by saying it's been many years since I was in chemistry lessons and have forgotten much, but recently I have had to relearn a lot of basic chemistry. The following doesn't really impede ...
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Safely lowering bleach pH without chlorine gas?

According to Eurekalert, by lowering the pH of household bleach (e.g., by adding vinegar or citric acid), we can increase $\text{[HOCl]}$ and consequently greatly improve the disinfecting capabilites ...
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The effect of pH and solubility on coagulation in water treatment

In water treatment, a specific pH range must be met in order for the process of coagulation to occur properly. Sources have stated this is due to the pH affecting the solubility of the coagulant, but ...
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Working out pH of solution when excess NaOH is added

In a pH titration, $30\text{cm}^3$ of $\ce{NaOH}$ is added to $\pu{20 cm3}$ $\ce{CH3COOH}$. The concentrations of both solutions was $\pu{0.5 mol dm-3}$. $K_\mathrm{a} = \pu{1.7 x 10^{-5}}$ for $\ce{...
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Finding the pH value of HF [closed]

Find the pH value of HF. $pH = -\log[H+]$ for strong acids $pOH = -\log[OH-]$ for strong bases $pH = 1/2(pKa - \log C)$ for weak acid $pOH = 1/2(pKb - \log C)$ for weak base HF is weak acid so $...
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What is the pH of starch?

We need to identify an unknown for a chemistry lab. It's either starch or zinc sulfate. We know that zinc sulfate is acidic, but what is the pH of starch?
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Finding pKa from equivalence point on titration curve [closed]

Is there a mathematical proof/explanation of why $\mathrm{p}K_\mathrm{a}$ corresponds to the $\mathrm{pH}$ at $\text{Volume of titrant}/2$ at the equivalence point? A concise proof will suffice.
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Why does gaseous HCl not change dry blue litmus paper to red?

I am doing a practical in lab, in which HCl is to be evolved. I found that when blue litmus is near the evolved gas, it doesn't turn red. But, when litmus is dipped in water and then brought near the ...
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Calculating PH of solution after adding strong acid (equilibrium)

Consider the classic example when talking about acids and bases: Say you have 1M of $\ce{HCL}$ and you throw it into water, calculate the resulting pH (= concentration of $\ce{H3O+}$). The way this ...
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Determining volume of acid needed to be added to reach a specific pH

Suppose there are $\pu{0.024}$ moles of $\ce{Na2HPO4}$ in a $\pu{0.250L}$ solution. How would we calculate the amount of $\pu{0.145M}$ $\ce{HCl}$ needed to reach a $\mathrm{pH}$ of 6.60? I have ...
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Find the concentration of proton after adding a acid to NaOH [closed]

I have this simple problem that I cannot figure out though, only the first part. 100 ml of 1.0 $\frac{mol}{L}$ $NaOH_(aq)$ contains ( a ) g of NaOH. After mixing 100 ml of 1.0 $\frac{mol}{L}$ $...
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What mass of potassium lactate is needed to 300.0 mL of 0.238 M Lactic acid solution to make a solution with a pH of 4.00? pKa (lactic acid) =3.86

Upon attempt, I've yielded an answer of 11.91g. My calculations do not take 300 mL Lactic acid solution into account, and now I somewhat know the error is at least partially due to the fact that my ...
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How to calculate the amount of citric acid to neutralise the pH within wastewater?

We have an effluent tank, with a consent to discharge at between 5.5 - 11 pH, the tank holds 100000 liters of dirty water. When the pH reaches 10.5 we add citric acid to bring the pH down. How ...
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Finding concentration and moles given final and initial pH

Questions: How many moles of $\ce{NaOH}$ are needed to change $500~\mathrm{L}$ of solution with $\mathrm{pH}\ 2$ to $\mathrm{pH}\ 11$? A swimming pool contains 2 million litres of water at $\...
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What does 0.12 N mean on a bottle of sulfuric acid?

I just bought a bottle of sulfuric acid in order to simulate acid rain for an experiment. I was wondering what $0.12\:\mathrm{N}$ on the bottle means. I need a simplified version of the explanation as ...
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pH value of HF, hydrogen fluoride or hydrofluoric acid?

I've been looking for a source but I find different results when I try looking for an answer to this. I'm looking for weight percentages of 1 to 10% HF (~0.5 to ~5.1M) and what their pH values are. ...
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Composition and pH of water produced by air conditioners

I would like to know if there are specific studies or research regarding the condensed water that is generated by air conditioners. Many people feel that this water is acid and corrosive but could ...
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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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Is LiOH a weaker base than NaOH?

Is LiOH a weaker base than NaOH? Note: I'm not interested in "why," but rather what the "real" pKb values are. $$ \begin{array}{lcc} \text{Data for Alkali Metal Hydroxides} \\ \hline \text{Cation} &...
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What happens to a quaternary ammonium cation at a pH above its pKa?

I am working with a lipid and I have firm reasons to believe that its pKa is around 8. This lipid is a cationic lipid where the nitrogen is a quaternary amine with two lipid chains and two methyl ...
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Calculating the pH of a solution of sodium carbonate

I've seen similar questions on this site, but I'm having trouble as my book said something else. For a $\pu{0.09989 M}$ solution of $\ce{Na2CO3}$, my book said: $$\ce{Na2CO3 + 2H2O -> H2CO3 + 2Na+ ...
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Does salinity affect seawater's pH?

If so, how? It seems like excessive salinity within seawater has the same destructive effect on marine organisms just like excessive acidity. But in real terms, is there any relation between salinity ...
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What is the citric acid concentration, [HCit], in the lemon juice?

The pH of lemon juice is about 2.1. What is the citric acid concentration, [HCit], in the lemon juice? I am given that $HCit \leftarrow \rightarrow H^+ + Cit^-$ and that $K_a = 8.4 \times 10^{-4}$. ...
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What is the ionization constant, $K_a$, of the acid?

A 0.45 M solution of a weak acid, HX, has a pH of 4.5. What is the ionization constant, $K_a$, of the acid? Attempt at solution: [HX] is already given as 0.45 M. [H+] is given by $10^{-4.5}$. ...
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Does negative pH mean it is a stronger acid than one with positive pH?

I've searched this site but I don't think this has been asked yet. Does negative pH indicate a stronger acid than a positive pH (since it's further down the scale)? I'm asking this because in one of ...
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Calculation of the pH of a mixture of a strong acid and weak acid

The question is to find out the $\mathrm{pH}$ of a mixture of weak acid and strong acid. My book just states the formula as $$\mathrm{pH}=-\log \frac{C_2+\sqrt{C_2^2+4K_\mathrm{a}C_1}}{2}$$ where $...
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pH range outside conventional 0-14 [duplicate]

Is a pH value outside 0 - 14 possible? I asked my teacher who said: yes, it is, but very difficult to achieve. Then on the internet, I found multiple answers, one saying it is but because of a fault ...
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What's the difference between isoionic point and isoelectric point?

What's the difference between isoionic point and isoelectric point? My teacher uses them interchangeably, but Wikipedia states that isoionic point is when charges are balanced, while isoelectric point ...
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Is endpoint pH concentration dependent? Choosing an acid/base indicator

We use titrations to determine analyte concentrations with a standardized titrant and an acid/base indicator, BUT how do we choose the indicator? It is my understanding that indicators are supposed to ...
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What is the true formula of pH scale? [closed]

I'm learning Acid and Base at school, and I have a confusion in that topic. The $\mathrm{pH}$ scale is measure of the $\ce{[H+]}$ in a solution. So why is its formula $-\log(\ce{[H+]})$? I don't ...
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Why does CO2 lowers the pH of water below 7?

Ok so I understand that having a pH below 7 is considered to be acidic and I also understand that part of the definition of an acid is that it gives off H+ when dissolved in water(even though not all ...
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Henderson-Hasselbalch approximation

The Henderson-Hasselbalch approximation gives us a method to approximate the pH of a buffer solution. The basic equation is as follows: $$\mathrm{pH} \approx \mathrm{p}K_\mathrm{a} + \log\dfrac{\ce{[...
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Does the pH of Water affect how Acidic or Basic it is?

I've noticed a lot of people have been recently uploading videos in which they test the pH of multiple brands of bottled water and claim that the more acidic ones (5.5 < pH < 6.5) are worse for ...
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How does pH change during the electrolysis of water? [closed]

How does the pH change during electrolysis of a water and magnesium sulphate solution? Also, will this pH change happen every time? Does the pH change differently when there is just water in the ...
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Best way to raise pH without alkali metal? [closed]

I have a process that requires pH~14-14.5 to work. I’ve been achieving this with concentrated NaOH solutions, but the Na cations are later causing side reactions which are detrimental. Is there any ...
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What is the charge of the amino acid lysine at pH 2?

What is the charge of the amino acid lysine at $\mathrm{pH}=2$? $\mathrm{p}K_\mathrm{a}$'s are carboxylic: 2.18; amino: 8.95; side chain: 10.79. The side chain of lysine is an amine group, so I ...
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What is so special about positive hydrogen ions that they are used in pH calculation?

I just learned about pH. If I understand it correctly, all it really tells is the concentration of positive hydrogen ions (protons) there are in a given liquid. Why is this pH scale entirely ...
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Why does pOH increase when pH decreases?

Let's say you add $\ce{HCl}$ to water. The $\ce{H+}$ ion concentration increases and that causes a decrease in $\mathrm{pH}$. But why would the $\mathrm{pOH}$ increase? I can't see why added $\ce{H+}$...
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Difference in pH of water and rainwater

In my textbook (Olmsted and Williams 4th ed) it is given that pH of pure water is 7, pH of unpolluted rain water is between 5-6 and pH of acid rain is between 4-5. It is obvious that pH for acid ...
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Find the half equivalence point

How to find the half equivalence point knowing the pH, molarity, titrant added at equivalence point? This a fairly straightforward and simple question, however I have found many different answers to ...
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Numerical on acetic acid - sodium acetate buffer

Starting with 1 L of 2.0 M $\ce{CH3COOH}$, we wish to make a buffer solution of pH=4.00. Consider two ways to make the buffer: a) One way would be to add sodium acetate. How many moles must be added?(...
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Titration of sodium carbonate and nitric acid

I am trying to find the pH of the following problem (Answer key is $\mathrm{pH}=10.77$) Calculate the $\mathrm{pH}$ of a $\pu{100 mL}$ solution containing $\pu{40.0 g}$ of $\ce{Na2CO3}$ after $\...
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pH value of a very dilute alkaline solution [closed]

What is the pH of a $\pu{10^-9 M}$ $\pu{NaOH}$ solution? I think it is 5.
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Computation of pH when an acid and base are mixed in solution

I'm doing a basic chemistry course, and we are currently learning how to compute $\text{pH}$ from the acid dissociation constant (using $\left[\text{H}^{+}_{(\text{aq})}\right]=\sqrt{K_{a}\left[\text{...
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Deriving the buffer formula

Essentially I want to derive the buffer formula: $\ce{pH}$ = $\mathrm{p}K_\mathrm {a}$ + $\log$ $\left(\frac{\alpha}{1-\alpha} \right)$ to $\alpha$ = $\left(\frac{1}{10^{\mathrm{p}K_\mathrm{a}-\ce{pH}}...
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Equilibrium constants for lewis acids such as Ca2+

I need to calculate the theoretical $\mathrm{pH}$ in a $50~\mathrm{mL}$ water solution where $6.4\times10^{-4}~\mathrm{g}$ of $\ce{Ca^{2+}}$ is present. The reaction I base this on is the following $$...
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Why was my soap measured as acidic?

I've always been told soap is basic in pH. A few years back in a high school chemistry class, we measured the pH of various substances with universal pH indicator. We measured some liquid hand soap ...