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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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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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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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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}...
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pH change with temperature

I understand that the pH of solutions decreases as the temperature increases but is there a reason as to why some solution's pH decreases more than others even if the temperature change is the same?
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Determining the pH of an organic solvent

Our work is faced with the issue of determining the charge of compounds that are dissolved in chloroform. One could realistically determine the charge of the relevant moieties knowing the $\mathrm{p}...
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Evaluate mass of salt needed to add to a buffer solution knowing only pH

This is an exercise taken from an old exam, I'm struggling with the resolution. To a solution of a generic weak acid $\ce{HA}$ were added $\pu{2.40 g}$ of a potassium salt of the $\ce{KA}$. The ...
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What could be causing noisy pH measurements?

I designed and built a hydroponics system with pH logging and I am trying to understand why pH measurements in the nutrient reservoir vary ~ ±0.2 pH while measurements in a separate bottle of probe ...
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Why will a strong acid neutralize as much base as a weak acid?

This is a simple concept that I can't seem to understand. Why will a strong acid neutralize as much base as a weak acid, if the acids are of the same volume and concentration? A strong acid will ...
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Why can't the strength of superacids be measured in water?

I learned about acid strength, that the strength of an acid increases with it's degree of ionization when solvated. So, in water, a strong acid is one where $\ce{[H_3O^+]}$ is large, which is equal to ...
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Why must a buffer solution contain both a weak acid and a salt solution of its conjugate base?

Doesn’t the weak acid dissociate to produce the conjugate base on its own? I understand that when a strong base is added to the buffer solution, the hydroxide ions will react with the hydrogen ions ...
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Does the number of H+ ions in solution go up on dilution of a weak acid?

In my textbook, a footnote says: In case of weak acids, on dilution the total number of $\ce{H^{+}}$ ions in solution increases because dissociation of the weak acid increases This didn't make ...
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Sugar solutions have a neutral pH in themselves, but it makes your body acidic. Why? [closed]

I'm not an expert, but as far as I understood a sugar solution is completely neutral since sugar can't take hydrogen ions out of the water or donate them in. Sugar is a non ionic compound, so it does ...
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pH of a buffer solution calculation

Calculate the pH of a mixture of $75\:\mathrm{cm^3}$ of methanoic acid solution of concentration $0.10\:\mathrm{mol\:dm^{-3}}$ and $75\:\mathrm{cm^3}$ of sodium hydroxide solution of concentration $0....
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Dissolving Tylenol Science Experiment - why is it fastest in distilled water?

My son has a science experiment for class to dissolve Tylenol (325mg acetaminophen) in 3 different solutions (125 mL volume each): Distilled water Vinegar (1 part white vinegar to 4 parts water) Salt ...
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If you add AlCl3 to water, why does the pH decrease?

You are not adding any hydrogen ions, so why does the pH of the solution decrease? Thank you in advance. EDIT: I will add the context of my asking this question to clarify some details. This is not ...
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How to solve for concentration of two equilibrium reactions with finite equilibrium constants?

I have a small problem of equilibrium that I counldn't solve. I want the exact answer. No approximations please. $$ \begin{array}{ll} \ce{H2O + H2O <=> H3O+ + OH-} &\quad\left(K_w = 1\cdot ...
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Optimum pH range for formation of Schiff bases

What is the optimum range of pH for the formation of Schiff Bases by the addition of hydroxylamine to an aldehyde or a ketone? According to Peter Sykes' A Guidebook to Mechanisms in Organic Chemistry,...
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Regarding acid-base reactions, how does one know when a hydrophobic base substance is fully protonated?

When there's a weak base substance (hydrophobic powder), and it needs to be completely protonated by adding an acid (eg: HCl), how does one know when it's completely protonated? Since the powdered ...
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Why does saline have a pH of 5.5?

I am a physician and administer 0.9% NaCl in water ("normal saline") to patients frequently. The bag says it has a pH of 5.5 (compared to the human body of 7.4). I am asking why the pH is so low. It ...
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Seeming discrepancy between pKa and corresponding Ka of methylamine

The first entry in PubChem for the $\mathrm pK_\mathrm a$ of methylamine is $10.657$ at $25\ \mathrm{^\circ C}$. My elementary understanding is that this would be found as the negative log of the $K_\...
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Why should colorimetric titration of a weak acid with a weak base not be done in laboratory? [closed]

Why should colorimetric titration of weak acid with a weak base (or vice versa) not be done in laboratory? How can I draw a pH graph for this?
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What is the necessary volume of concentrated HCl to prepare a solution with a pH of 1.8?

I am trying to solve the following exercise: What volume of a concentrated $\ce{HCl}$ solution, which is $36.0\%$ $\ce{HCl}$ by mass and has a density of $1.179~\mathrm{g~mL^{-1}}$, should be ...
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Understanding how the definitions of pH and activity are compatible

At $T=\pu{25 ^\circ C}$ and $P=\pu{1bar}$, the density of water is $\pu{0.997 kg L-1}$. Neglecting nonideality of the mixture $\ce{H2O(l), H+}$ and $\ce{OH-}$ (all activity coefficients are close to $...
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MgCl2 acidic or neutral in water?

I'm currently taking chemistry 12. On our test we were asked, when given a $0.1~\mathrm{M}$ solution of certain compounds whether the resulting solution when added to water would be acidic, basic, or ...
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Experimental determination of pH [closed]

I am trying to determine the experimental pKa for two weak acids that were titrated against 0.20M NaOH. I have read elsewhere that you can take the point where the graph becomes steep and divide the ...
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When an acid is added to water, why does the hydroxide ion concentration decrease?

At equilibrium in pure water, we have $$\ce{[H_3O+][OH-]} = 10^{-14}$$ Since $\ce{H3O+}$ and $\ce{OH-}$ ions are produced in pairs, we may conclude $$\ce{[H_3O+]}=\ce{[OH-]} = 10^{-7}$$ So far so ...
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Should the 'a' in the acid dissociation constant (Ka or pKa) be capitalised?

In science, the negative logarithm of the acid dissociation constant is denoted $\mathrm{p}K_\mathrm{a}$ or $\mathrm{p}K_\mathrm{A}$ depending on the source (lowercase "a" or uppercase "A"). Since it ...
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Alkaline glycine buffer molarity

Having never prepared a buffer solution before, I am hoping for a little help in understanding the process. This method I plan to use calls for a $\pu{0.1M}$ glycine buffer at pH $10.6$. Some ...
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What are standard controllers for automatic pH control?

My background in control theory comes from electrical engineering (robots, motors, etc.) and I want to build a control system for automatic pH control. Can I directly apply my knowledge from ...
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neutralization of a strong acid with a strong base [closed]

When a 1M H2SO4 is mixed with an equal volume of 1M NaOH, is the mixture acidic, basic, or neutral?
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How do I calculate the amount of polyprotic acid and base needed to achieve a certain buffer pH?

e.g. Citric Acid and Trisodium Citrate $\ce{H3C6H5O7 <=>[ka_1] H2C6H5O7- + H+ <=>[ka_2] HC6H5O7^2- + H+ <=>[ka_3] C6H5O7^3- + H+}$ Using the definition of Ka and substituting for ...
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Why the pH of xanthan gum in aqueous solution is 7 (neutral) when it has glucuronic and pyruvic acids in its chemical structure?

Since xanthan gum has both glucuronic and pyruvic acids in its chemical structure, it should release $\ce{H+}$ ions upon solvation in an aqueous solution and make it acidic. However, the meausured $\...
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How to find pH by mixing two solutions of different concentrations?

A mixture is made by combining 110 mL of 0.15 M $\ce{HCl}$ and 215 mL of 0.055 M $\ce{HI}$. What is the pH of the solution? $$\ce{HCl -> H+ + Cl-}$$ $$\ce{HI -> H+ + I-}$$ According to what I ...
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Wood Hydrolysis

According to this article on Live Strong, children have an average saliva pH of 7.5, while adults tend to be more acidic, with a saliva pH of 6.5 or lower. Even though a pH of 6 is not very ...
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Does a solution of pH zero contain hydroxide ions? [closed]

Are there hydroxide ions in a solution of pH 0?
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Where on the backbone does a peptide get protonated at low pH?

As a particular example, how does the backbone of a peptide look at $\mathrm{pH}~2$? Where does the backbone get protonated in such an acidic solution? I know that at low $\mathrm{pH}$ the free ...
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Which salt will best be able to buffer the addition of HCl?

From these three salts, which will be best able to buffer the addition of $\ce{HCl}$? ammonium chloride sodium carbonate ammonium acetate. I think sodium carbonate is the right choice ...
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Why doesn't pH = pKa1 in the buffer zone for this titration?

Below is an image from my textbook representing the titration curve for the titration of $5.00\ \mathrm{mL}$ of $0.010\ \mathrm M$ $\ce{H2S2O3}$ with $0.010\ \mathrm M$ $\ce{KOH}$, which has $\mathrm ...
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pH throughout a titration

Estimate the $\ce{pH}$ of the solution that results when $\ce{75.0 mL}$ of $\ce{0.275 M HCl}$ is added to $\ce{50.0 mL}$ of $\ce{0.275 M Na2HPO4 (aq)}$. My book gives the successive $\ce{Ka}$ values ...
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Acid neutralization [closed]

I am working on a biogas plant, digester volume 3000 liter, right now pH condition is acidic at 4.00 my requirement is to maintain pH to 6.50 to 7.20 what should I do? some suggestions are there like, ...
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How do I find the theoretical pH of a buffer solution after HCl and NaOH were added, separately?

This question is about the theoretical pH of a buffer solution. Calculate the theoretical pH values expected for a $\pu{200mL}$ buffer solution containing a 1:1 ratio of acetic acid and sodium ...
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Water values and water hardness

We have drinking water with the following values: Calcium mg/l 62.7 Magnesium mg/l 10.3 total hardness 7.) dH 11.1 Total hardness 7) mmol/l CaCO3 1,99 Carbonate hardness °dH 8.5 ...

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