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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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Do TDS meters measure HCO₃⁻/CO₃²⁻?

I am trying to add $\pu{2 g}$ of $\ce{KHCO3}$ to $\pu{20 L}$ of RO water $(\mathrm{pH} = 5.2)$ which theoretically it will add $$ \begin{array}{lr} \hline \ce{K+} &\pu{10.32 ppm} \\ \ce{HCO3-} &...
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Is it possible to raise pH in RO water without Na, Mg, K, Ca, S addition?

Maybe the question in the title is simple (=stupid) and the answer is 'simple No' but I have the urge to ask. Some background, I have an aquarium which I use RO water and I use some portions of $\ce{...
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Impact of pH? Change in Binding Affinity of protein-ligand complex based on pH and Kd?

When the $\mathrm{pH}$ was $5.0$, the temperature was $\pu{25 °C}$,the $K_\mathrm{D}$ was $\pu{5 μM}$, and [L] was equal to $K_D$, the protein(s) were half bound. Question considers half bound ...
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Why is maximum buffer capacity for some diprotic buffers not when pH = pKa?

According to Rajkovic et al. [1]: $$β = \frac{[\ce{H+}]}{K_\mathrm{w}} + 2.303\cdot\frac{[\ce{H+}]\cdot K_\mathrm{a}\cdot c}{[\ce{H+}] + K_\mathrm{a}}$$ where $K_\mathrm{a}$ is the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Why does [H3O+] of a buffer change very slightly when diluted?

I am confused as to why the [H3O+] of a buffer changes very slightly when diluted (at least in an intuitive sense). Consider: $\ce{HNO2 + H2O <=> H3O+ + NO2-}$ [$\ce{HNO2}$] = 0.45 M and [$\...
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pH at different concentrations

In making gummies with pectin, the pH is very important and needs to be at or below 3.4. USP indicates dissolving it in a 10% solution to test the pH, while some use a 50% solution. I'm told the ...
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Can buffers regulate the pH, or do they just smooth out pH bumps?

Hydrogen carbonate can react with hydrogen ions to create carbonic acid which degrades into water and carbon dioxide that can be exhaled or excreted otherwise. That lowers the pH, yes. However, in ...
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Determining pH of immunoprecipitation buffer recipe

I'm following a protocol for extraction of proteins from yeast, and I came across this recipe for immunoprecipitation buffer: $\pu{50 mM}$ HEPES-$\ce{KOH}$, pH 6.8, $\pu{150 mM}$ $\ce{KOAc}$, $\pu{...
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Determining the acid dissociation constant change with temperature in sparkling water

I already have the different values of pH at the different temperatures, but what I'm trying to figure out is obtaining the acid dissociation constant using these pH values. Is there a way I can do ...
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Wondering how I should have graded this question (freshman lab, about buffer capacity)

I TA the intro freshman lab course. In a lab about buffers and buffer capacity, the students were instructed to make 50 mL of a 0.1 total molar pH 6.70 buffer by dissolving solid $ KH_2PO_4 $ and $ ...
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What is the pH of a solution that results of a mixture of two others with known pH?

Solution A has a pH of 1, soultion B has a pH of 6. If I mix the same volume V of each solution into one, what will be the pH of the resulting solution? I'm guessing here as no more information has ...
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How to calculate the gas-liquid interaction for dissolved HNO3 in water with air?

Thanks for reading this and (maybe) helping me in advance! I have to face the following problem: I have got $\ce{HNO3}$ dissolved in water (roughly $\pu{50\%}$) and I want to know how much $\ce{HNO3}...
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How can you perform an acid-base titration with antacids if substances, like aluminium hydroxide, are insoluble?

I am trying to perform an experiment in order to determine the efficiency of different antacids. An online search later shows that you add an HCl solution in a solution created with a base/antacid. ...
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pH notation in text

When referring to units of pH in continuous text (i.e. not in a table), which is the recommended usage? pH 7 to pH 8 pH 7 to 8 What about when the term "pH" has already been mentioned in the text? ...
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How to find pH of an aqueous ammonia solution at high pressures?

Here's the simplified question: I start with $15~\%$ of $\ce{NH_3}$ and I want to find the $\mathrm{pH}$ of the following reaction at $25~\mathrm{^\circ C}$ and $5\ \mathrm{kbar}$: $$\ce{NH_3 + H_2O -&...
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The potential range of the cyclic voltammetry of CoCat in KPi made of D2O

I have a phosphate buffer adjusted to pH 7, and another phosphate buffer made of deuterium oxide (D2O) adjusted to pH 6.6 (pD 7). I want to conduct cyclic voltammetry of cobalt oxide catalyst in these ...
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Derivation of buffer capacity

I read an article about Buffer capacity The reaction is: $\ce{HA <=> H+ + A-}$ They have given that: But shouldn't $C_{buf}=[HA]+[A^-]+[H^+]$ ? The total concentration at equilibrium is $c(...
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Is the pH of a solution (orange juice) affected by the presence of a metal?

Is the pH of a solution (orange juice) affected by the presence of a metal (aluminium, tin or iron for example)? I know that the metal will corrode in the presence of an acid (citric acid in this case)...
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Find H3O+ of weak acid salt solution which compose of solute that can gain and give protons

Find $[\ce{H3O+}]$ of 0.100 M $\ce{NaHCO3}$ ($K_{\ce{H2CO3},1}=4.45×10^{-7}$, $K_{\ce{H2CO3},2}=4.7×10^{-11}$) My work is: $$\ce{HCO3- + H2O<=>H2CO3 + OH-}$$ Initial: $[\ce{HCO3-}]$ = 0.100 M, ...
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Deviation from ideal solutions - activities and concentrations

What are some examples of solutions deviating significantly from ideal behavior, and, by extension, showing pHs significantly different from those predicted by usage of concentrations instead of ...
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Calculation of partial charges and protonation/deprotonation states depending on pH

What is the best method for calculating partial charges and protonation/deprotonation states of a small molecule such as phenol or caffeine, depending on the pH? For instance, it is well known that ...
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Hydrolysis of a salt B2X

An aqueous solution of soluble salt $\ce{B2X}$ has concentration of 0.1 M. Given data : $\ce{K_b(BOH) = 2 × 10^{–5}}$ $\ce{K_{a1}(H2X) = 2 × 10^{–7}}$ $\ce{K_{a2}(H2X) = 5 × 10^{–10}}$ ...
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Adding hydrogen ion concentration while calculating pH

I have just started learning how to calculate pH and I have noticed that adding [$\ce{H+}$] makes a negligible difference in few cases whereas in other cases it makes a major change in the final value....
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Will strong concentrated acid destroy litmus paper and pH paper if they are dipped in acid?

I am curious to know what will happen if I have litmus paper and pH paper, and I dip them into strong concentrated acid like conc. $\ce{H2SO4}$ to test its acidity or basicity. Will acid destroy ...
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Strong Base and weak acid reaction problem

I got the above problem correct by setting up the net ionic equation and finding the limiting reactant. I found that there were 0.01076 moles of NaOH left, and then calculated it's molarity which led ...
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How does the pKa of a neutral molecule inform the protonation state of its positively charged molecule?

Let's say we have some neutral molecule A and its protonated form, A+. The pKa of molecule A is known, but we do not know the pKa of molecule A+. Can the pKa of molecule A+ be determined only knowing ...
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Order of adding reactants on growth of Cu

I am reading the following paper which details the steps to control growth of Copper. They fabricate Copper powders from $\ce{CuNO3, NaOH, and C6H8O6}$. Specifically, in this paper they add the sodium ...
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How to add components in visual MINTEQ

I need to figure out speciation of a mixture of metal nitrates and chloroplatinic acid. I am using visual MINTEQ to do this. But platinum ion is not there in the visual MINTEQ component list. I need ...
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Change in pH when changing the sequence of acidic solution

I have 4 acidic solutions: Barium nitrate, aluminium nitrate monohydrate, cobalt nitrate hexahydrate, and hexachloroplatinic acid. Everything is dissolved in water. I mixed them in order to create a ...
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How will the dielectric constant of water change when ethyl acetate is added?

How will the dielectric constant of water change when ethyl acetate is added? The $\mathrm{p}K_a$ value of weak acids in aprotic solvents will be lower than in protic solvents because the dielectric ...
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pH responsive polymer which is immiscible in water?

Can anyone suggest a pH-responsive polymer, which is immiscible in water (polar solvent) but miscible in oil (e.g vegetable oil)? I want to study the change in the density of such polymers when they ...
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Finding Ka of a monoprotic weak acid from pH and concentration of added sodium salt

A solution of $\pu{0.36 M}$ of the sodium salt of a generic monoprotic weak acid $\ce{HA}$ has a $\mathrm{pH}$ value of $8.782.$ $K_\mathrm{a} = ?$ Why doesn't the following formula work in this ...
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Is contribution to pH by an acid or base always greater than salt hydrolysis?

I was solving a titration question and the reaction I came to was this: $$ \begin{array}{lcccc} \ce{&BOH(aq) &+ &HCl(aq) -> &BC(aq) &+ &H2O(l) }\\ \text{Initial} & x &...
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Hydronium ion concentration to compare pH values

I'm having a bit of trouble with this question: Which has a higher $\mathrm{pH}$ value, $\pu{0.001 M}$ $\ce{HCl}$ or $\pu{0.1 M}$ $\ce{CH3COOH}$ $(K_\mathrm{a} = \pu{1.8E-5})?$ I have calculated ...
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How to calculate Revelle factor using only pH, DIC and TAlk for seawater?

I have the temperature, salinity, $\mathrm{pH},$ dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) and total alkalinity (TAlk) values for an estuarine water sample. I want to calculate the Revelle factor. The Revelle ...
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Can a universal indicator turn colorless?

I learned that litmus paper could be bleached by chlorine to turn colorless. I’m wondering if any chemical substances can react with all the components of a universal indicator such that it turns ...
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pKa values for amino acid

To calculate the pI value, we take the average of the pKa values from the 2 groups that result in a net charge of 0. For that to happen, the pKa values should be at the midpoint of titration where ...
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What is the pH of a solution of iron acetate?

What is the pH of a $\ce{0.1 M}$ solution of $\ce{Fe(CH_3COO)_3}$? I'm not sure how to do this, as it would involve complicated mass balance equations, but I think I can apply the approximation $\ce{...
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What is the cause for the difference in pH between NaCl and Ringer Lactate

Reading this article, I came across a passage which got me to think of this question: "Normal saline contains approximately $\pu{154mM}$ of each $\ce{Na+}$ and $\ce{Cl-}$ with average pH of 5.0 and ...
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Calculate the pH

Calculate the pH of a dissolution of 100 ml of 0.1 M solution of ammonium chloride in the style of 100 ml of 0.1 M hydrochloric acid solution $\ce{NH4Cl -> NH4+ + Cl-}$ $\ce{HCl -> H+ + Cl-}$ ...
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Calculating pH of solution

What is the $\mathrm{pH}$ when you dissolve equal amounts of $\ce{NaHCO3}$ and $\ce{Na2CO3}$ in water? When both of the compounds are dissolved, we will have equal amounts of $\ce{HCO3-}$ and $\ce{...
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pH After titration

$\pu{50mL}$ $\ce{SO2}$ titrated with $\pu{0.1M}$ of $\ce{KBrO4}$ with reaction: $$\ce{KBrO4 + 4SO2 + H2O -> 4H2SO4 + KBr}$$ The equivalent point is reached when the volume of $\ce{KBrO4}$ is ...
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Preparation of Copper (II) Sulfate Pentahydrate Solution

how would you make a solution of Copper (II) Sulfate Pentahydrate to achieve 150, 200, 250 and 300 mgL−1 concentration of copper? I do not have the anhydrous version of the solute. Also, when I ...
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NMR Prediction for compounds at variable pH values

Like the title says, I'm looking for any software package that may be able to simulate a variety of NMR at a variety of different pHs. The majority of the software programs that I've found do not have ...
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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 ...