# Questions tagged [ph]

pH (or the potential of hydrogen) is a scale used to measure how acidic or basic an aqueous solution is.

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### What is the pH of 1M Glycerol?

If the pKa of Glycerol is 14.15. How do you calculate the pH for it? I assume that the Henderson-Hasselbalch derivative that works for weak acids and bases is not applicable here.
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### What is the pKa of 2-methyl-2,4-pentanediol?

What is the pKa of 2-methyl-2,4-pentanediol? Is there a reference that contains a list of pKa values for various molecules that I can consult or is there a way to determine/estimate the pKa of this ...
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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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### Why is buffer capacity at a maximum when the ratio of its components is 1? [duplicate]

A buffer consists of a weak acid and its salt or weak base and its salt. When the ratio of weak acid and its salt in a buffer (or the ration of weak base and its salt) is equal to 1, we say that the ...
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### What is the importance of using a pKa value instead of a pKb value when describing drug chemistry?

Why do we only consider the $\mathrm{p}K_\text{a}$ value of a drug regardless of whether it is an acid or base? Why do we not use the $\mathrm{p}K_\text{b}$ value?
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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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### 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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### Isoelectric point pH, mV, for a metal oxide nanopowder

I'm trying to make a solution of $\ce{TiO2}$ that will coat stuff in as dense a monolayer as possible. To do so, I'm using nano sized $\ce{TiO}$ particles and trying to get them to get as close to ...
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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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### What are the properties of various solutions at pH <2 that may cause injuries?

For example, why do some solutions not cause any injuries at pH 2 while HCl does?
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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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### Dissolving Organic Tissues [duplicate]

Watching some movie/TV this question came to mind, purely theoretical of course, if one wanted to dissolve a human corpse, like getting rid of a body after killing someone, is it better to use an acid ...
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### How does the litmus pH indicator work?

I'm wondering about how does the litmus solution work as a pH indicator. And another question: When you put drops of litmus solution into an colorless acid (e.g. $\ce{HCl}$), it turns red. But then ...
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### How useful is the assumption that water doesn't auto-ionize in the following?

Now in the first row of the iCe-table, $[\ce{H3O+}]$ is said to be 0. But water autoionizes to some extent, so it shouldn't really be 0. I accept that, because the pH of this solution is 2.5, the ...
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### How would I neutralize a PEP (Phosphoenolpyruvic) acid?

PEP (Phosphoenolpyruvic acid) is acidic but I need to make it neutral. I need a solution (pH 6-8) of PEP in a final 1 mL volume with a concentration of 100 mM. How would I make this?