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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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is water a non-metallic oxide? and hence acidic in nature?

I just read about non-metallic oxides in my textbook which says that non-metallic oxides are a compound formed of an oxide ion and a non-metal. It also said that they are acidic in nature. It gave ...
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What are the factors that affect the corrosiveness of an acid?

Acids are usually corrosive but what determines this? Is it the concentration of the acid or strength of the acid ($K_a$ value)?
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Thymolphthalein solubility

I already know that thymolphthalein is soluble in alcohols, very alkaline aqueous solutions, acetone, and propylene glycol methyl ether. My questions are what other solvents dissolve thymolphthalein, ...
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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 $\pu{0.01 mol}$ of this amino acid is ...
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How to determine the pH of a mixture of two weak acids?

We have two solutions: Solution 1 is $\ce{HCOOH}$, its concentration is $c_1 = \pu{10^-2 mol/l}$, its volume is $V_1 = \pu{50 ml}$, and its $\mathrm{pH}_1 = 2.9$. Solution 2 is $\ce{CH3COOH}$, its ...
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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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How much hydrolysis will likely occur of the following bonds at pH 1-4 in the time period of 1-3 hours?

The bonds are: (I have given pictures of what I mean in case there's any ambiguity that I leave open in these questions. Also so that if you want to number the R groups you've got a head-start) ...
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What is the unit of pH?

I'm making some graphs and I have to label the axes. I want to be extra careful and put the units in even though the meaning of $\text{pH}$ is well known. But I have a problem (though a simple one): $\...
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pH and materials selction [closed]

I working on the Navy study guide for their nuclear engineering programs and I am not a Chemist. Thus, I have come here to try and develop a better understanding of the subject matter. Why is pH ...
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Given the volumes: determine the pH and the final temperature of a mixture knowing only the initial pH and the temperature of the un-mixed components

I have a pretty basic question but the last time I took Chemistry was in 2007. I am studying the Navy's Nuclear study guide for their interviews and one of the question I am faced with is below. ...
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What is the pKa of the hydronium, or oxonium, ion (H3O+)?

Although the wikipedia page on Hydronium indicates a $\mathrm{p}K_\text{a}$ of −1.74, I noticed in the discussion of this page that the subject seems debated (cf. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:...
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Extraction of a pyridine tetrazole from the aqueous phase

I have synthesised a compound which is basically a pyridine ring connected to a tetrazole. The procedure suggested to precipitate it at pH 1, but it did not precipitate. It then suggested to extract ...
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Volume required to dilute solution for a pH change

A $\pu{100 mL}$ solution of $\ce{NaOH}$ has a $\mathrm{pH}$ of $13$. What volume of water in $\pu{mL}$ must be added to change the $\mathrm{pH}$ to $11$? My steps: Begin by calculating conc. of $[\...
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Red Cabbage Indicator colour change with Sodium Metabisulphite

I made some pH indicator by boiling and straining cabbage juice and in an effort to keep it from spoiling for a while without having to store it at fridge temperatures I added some wine making ...
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Approximate time for pure water pH to equilibrate in open air?

I'm a complete non-chemist, so I don't know how to calculate this, or even what to google for (my searches yielded esoteric research papers). I'm doing some hobby experiments, and I'd like to know ...
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How do I work out the amount of H+ ions in a sodium hydroxide and water solution?

I know the $pH$, pressure, temperature and concentration of the solution. Is there a method I can use to work out the amount of $\ce{H+}$ ions?
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What are the products of the dissociation of sodium bicarbonate in water? What is the relative pH of the solution?

I had a recent question on a test that asked what the products would be if sodium hydrogen carbonate were dissolved in water. I had a few candidate answers $\displaystyle\ce{NaHCO3 -> Na+ + HCO3-}$...
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What is the reason a grain of salt alters the perceived bitterness of coffee by such a high degree?

Coffee served hot can be quite bitter (presumably high pH). Several people I have known will add a single grain of salt to the coffee - which reduces the perceived bitterness. My question is: What ...
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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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The reason behind the steep rise in pH in the acid base titration curve

Most books refer to a steep rise in pH when a titration reaches the equivalence point. However, I do not understand why … I mean I am adding the same drops of acid to the alkali but just as I near the ...
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Shouldn't the pH at the equivalence point always be 7?

I learned in class that the equivalence point in an acid-base titration is reached when the solution contains an equal amount of substance of $\ce{OH-}$ and $\ce{H+}$ ions. However, in a weak acid and ...
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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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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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Isoelectric pH of colloids?

How did we derive the relation between the isoelectric pH and the dissociation constants for the amino and carboxyl groups on zwitterionic amino acids. $$pI=\frac {pK_{a1}+pK_{a2}}{2}$$ where $$\ce{...
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Teeth friendly alcohol drinks

What is the best alcohol for your teeth according to the pH? Is it true that if the acidity of the drink is higher (and ph is lower) than it's worse for your teeth (enamel erosion + bacteria friendly ...
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Why does water dissociate to H3O+ and OH- rather than H+ and OH-?

Why does water dissociate to $\ce{H_{3}O^{+} + OH^{-}}$ instead of $\ce{H^{+} + OH^{-}}$? This question came to surface when I was learning about acids and bases, and learned this definition: $\...
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How to estimate pH?

How you you calculate/estimate the pH of a solution with 3 components all of different pHs? Is there a paper describing this? For example: 0.1M Buffer PCTP at pH 9.5 1.6M Sodium Dihydrogen Phosphate ...
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Calculating the pH of a solution of Ca(OH)2

A solution prepared by dissolving $2.8 g$ of lime, $\ce{CaO}$ in enough water to make $1.00 l$ of lime water ($\ce{Ca(OH)_{2(aq)}}$). If solubility of $\ce{Ca(OH)2}$ in water is $1.48 g$. The $p\ce H$ ...
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Does the hydrolysis speed increase when more H+ ions are in the solution?

In hydrolysis of polysaccharides, does the hydrolysis speed increase when more $\ce{H+}$ ions are present in the solution? So if I were to use $\ce{H2SO4}$ instead of $\ce{HCl}$ (same volumes) then $\...
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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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Is a negative pH level physically possible?

A friend of mine was looking over the definition of pH, and wondering if it is possible to have a negative pH level. From the equation below, it certainly seems possible—just have a $1.1$ (or ...
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Less maintenance-dependent continuous pH testing

I am creating an automated chemical component mixing system (DIY project). One of the features required is continuous monitoring of pH value in my main solution. I do not need it to be very precise, ...
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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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Effect of dillution on titration

When we are titrating acid/base using ph meter we add distilled water to immerse the ph electrode. Won't this affect the concentration of the acid/base: I mean isn't this dillution. Won't this ...
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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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The influence of lemon juice & sugar on the ph-value

If I add equal amounts of lemon juice and sugar into water, does the ph-value remain unchanged, as both cancel each other out? This question arose in my head as I learned that pouring milk into ...
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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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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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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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Chemical reasons for choosing Salt Water or Chlorinated pool?

I am currently researching as too which is better for maintaining the chemical balance in a swimming pool. I have obviously tried the standard Google search for ...