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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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Calculating pH for titration of weak base with strong acid

Calculate the pH at the equivalence point for the titration of $\pu{0.130 M}$ methylamine ($\ce{CH3NH2}$) with $\pu{0.130 M}$ $\ce{HCl}$. The $K_\mathrm{b}$ of methylamine is ${5.0 \cdot 10^{–4}}$. ...
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Bicarbonate decomposition and pKa [closed]

I want to understand why the p$K_{\mathrm a}$ of $\ce{HCO3-}$ is approximately 10.2 and not less. My hypothesis is this : Bicarbonate could react in two ways in an aqueous solution: $[1]\qquad\ce{...
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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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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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Solubility Product and Buffers

I've been assigned a homework and the question looks like this :- The ionization constant of benzoic acid is $6.46 \times 10^{-5}$ and solubility product for silver benzoate is $2.5 \times 10^{-13}$...
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What is the pKa Range for weak acids and bases?

Am I correct in assuming that the following is true? $\mathrm pK_\mathrm a < 3$ is for a strong acid $3 < \mathrm pK_\mathrm a < 7$ is for a weak acid $7 < \mathrm pK_\mathrm a < 11$ ...
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Predicting the pH of a weak acid and weak base solution

I know that it is possible to predict whether combinations of acids and bases will be acidic, basic, or neutral: weak acid (WA) and strong base (SB) reacts basic strong acid (SA) and and weak base (...
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Software/server for calculation of protonation states of small molecules depending on pH

For docking calculations at different values of pH, I am working with flavonoids and would like to know about any software/server that can prepare ligands depending on the pH. Up to now I read about ...
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How to determine and derive the protonation state of a functional group based on its pKa?

In our biochemistry class we were introduced to a rule of thumb, which goes something like this: "If the pH of a solution is one or more units below the $\mathrm{p}K_\mathrm{a}$ of a group, then ...
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Can a negative pH exist? [duplicate]

I am programming a small model to simulate diffusion of $\ce{H+}$ ions in human tissue. It's quite a simplistic model based on a naive algorithm, and I'm mostly doing it to familiarize with the ...
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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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On the scale of stuff with a pH

I am a confused (and somewhat anal retentive) non-chemist who is trying to understand what pH is. I have come to understand it is a measure of acidity, but I have not yet figured out what that means ...
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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 chemicals are in tap water that gives it a slightly basic pH level

In chemistry, we recently did a lab where we observed the different ways of reading pH of several different substances. We used things such as red cabbage juice, litmus paper, pH paper and a pH probe. ...
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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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If the pH is zero, what would be the normality of a sulphuric acid solution?

If pH of the solution is zero, what would be the normality of $250 \, \mathrm{ml}$ $\ce{H2SO4}$ solution? My work: $\mathrm{pH} = 0$, hence the concentration of $\ce{H+}$ ions is $\pu{1 mol L^-1}$, ...
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How can I measure the pH of high-viscosity fluids like dough?

I would like to measure the pH value of dough with a pH-Meter, to ensure a pH value of 4.1 (max). Because of the high viscosity I would thin down the dough with demineralized water for two reasons: I ...
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Difference in calculated pH and the real pH of a phosphate buffer?

I'm from Colombia and I joined this site to ask a question that I could not solve yet. I am calculating the amounts to prepare a phosphate buffer with two salts. I want to prepare a buffer system with ...
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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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Aluminium sulphate solubility as function of the pH

earlier I asked about how to know the aluminium sulfate solubility as function of the ph (see the previous question here). I found this diagram on the page 57 of Rubin, A. J., & Hayden, P. L. (...
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How to calculate the pH of a buffer after HCl was added?

A buffer is made from $50~\mathrm{mL}$ of $1.0~\mathrm{M}$ benzoic acid, $K_a = 6.3\cdot10^{-5}$, and $50~\mathrm{mL}$ of $1.0~\mathrm{M}$ sodium benzoate. a) Calculate the pH of this buffer For this ...
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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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Amphoteric amino acid titration

Glycine $(\ce{NH2CH2COOH})$ is an amino acid with two $\mathrm{p}K_a$ values $(\mathrm{p}K_{a,1}=2.0, \ \ce{COOH};\ \mathrm{p}K_{a,2}=10.0, \ \ce{NH2})$. (a) If $0.01~\mathrm{mol}$ of this amino ...
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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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Why do we neglect the protons from water's autoprotolysis?

Why don't we need to consider the $\ce{H+}$ ions of water when finding the $\ce{pH}$ of $0.01~\mathrm{M}$ of $\ce{HCl}$ solution? The $\ce{pH}$ value of something is depending on the molarity of $\ce{...
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Calculating pH: Weak Acid, Strong Base

This is a question that had me puzzled for quite a while. I feel that information is missing. A weak acid, $\ce{HA}$, $K_a = 1.0$ x $10^{-4}$, is titrated with $\ce{NaOH}$. At the equivalence point,...
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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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Finding new pH after NaOH added to buffer solution

I have a buffer containing 0.2 M of the acid $\ce{HA}$, and 0.15 M of its conjugate base $\ce{A-}$, with a pH of 3.35. I need to find the pH after 0.0015 mol of $\ce{NaOH}$ is added to 0.5 L of the ...
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Calculating approximate pH of polyprotic acids

When I took up ionic equilibria and titrations after a long break, I found it hard to solve the questions regarding pH calculations of polyprotic acds. Consider these two questions as examples:- ...
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How to know the aluminium sulfate solubility as function of the pH?

I'm trying to find a diagram or a reference for to know the solubility of aluminium sulfate $\mathrm{Al_{2}(SO_{4})_{3}}$ in differents pH values. Something like:
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Finding pH after dilution?

Assume that $\ce{pKa}$ is 4.76 Mix $\pu{50 mL}$ of $\pu{0.1M}$ $\ce{HA}$ and $\pu{50 mL}$ $\pu{0.1M}$ $\ce{NaA}$. This is solution (i). Calculate concentrations of $\ce{HA}$ and $\ce{A-}$, ...
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Why does this shortcut work for calculating pH (proof required)?

My teacher gave me a shortcut regarding calculation of resultant pH if the solutions are mixed and if the difference between the pH of individual solutions is 1. If there are two solutions, the pH is ...
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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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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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Why is the ionic product for water $10^{-14}$? [closed]

Why is the reference value of $K_w=10^{-14}\ \mathrm{M}^2$, such that $[\ce{H+}]= 10^{-7}\ \mathrm{M}$ and $[\ce{OH^-}]= 10^{-7}\ \mathrm{M}$ for pure water at $20\ ^\circ \mathrm{C}$? For example, ...
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pH of a weak base calculation

Calculate the $\ce{pH}$ of a $100$ $\ce{mL}$ solution containing $0$$.0375$ moles of the weak base, Sodium Benzoate, $\ce{C6H5COONa}$. $$\ce{C6H5COO + H2O -> C6H6COO- + OH-}$$ $$\frac{0.0375 ~\...
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How to calculate pH of the Na2CO3 solution given ambiguous Ka values

This is the exact question I faced on an exam. Calculate the pH of $\pu{0.05 M}\ \ce{Na2CO3}\ (\ce{H2CO3}: K_\mathrm{a,1}= 4\times 10^{-7},\ K_\mathrm{a,2}= 4.7\times 10^{-11})$ Solution $$\ce{...
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confusion about pH of a substance

Let's take an acid, $\ce{HCl}$; Now what do you mean by the $p\ce{H}$ of $\ce{HCl}$? Does $\ce{HCl}$ have free floating ions in it like water does? Also, why can't the $p\ce{H}$ value of a ...
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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?