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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 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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Effect of pH on positive and negative charges of a zwitterion

I read that the isoionic point is defined as the pH at which a zwitterion molecule has an equal number of positive and negative charges and no adherent ionic species. I have two questions ...
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Identifying unknown solution with indicators. why is one pKa value ignored and how to treat negatives values?

Three test tubes contain an identical solution of unknown pH. The first one is tested with thymolphthalein and turns colourless The second is tested with a-naphtholphthalein and turns blue ...
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Calculating charge of amino acids (am I doing it right?)

Please consider this picture of a peptide chain: I've done some examining on the different amino acids and concluded that the chain is as follows: Lys-Leu-Gly-Ser-Citrullin (variant of arginine). I ...
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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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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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Acidity comparison on R-PO3H2

Question Compare the acidity $(K_\mathrm{a1})$ of the following three acids: $\ce{H3PO4},$ $\ce{Ph-PO(OH)2}$ and $\ce{H3C-PO(OH)2}.$ Thoughts These three acids are of type $\ce{R-PO3H2},$ where ...
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Effects of gamma irradiation on pH buffer

Does anybody know if it is possible to gamma-irradiate a bottle of pH buffer to sterilise it? Are there any known effects (short-term or long-term) of the irradition process on the pH qualities of the ...
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pH of CH3CH2NH2 buffer solution [closed]

For $\pu{550.0 mL}$ of a buffer solution that is $\pu{0.170 M}$ in $\ce{CH3CH2NH2}$ and $\pu{0.150 M}$ in $\ce{CH3CH2NH3Cl}$, calculate the initial pH and the final pH after adding $\pu{0.020 mol}$ ...
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How can I preserve chlorophyll for long periods of time?

I'm currently working on a XIX century photographic process called Anthotype. It relies on organic colored substances that fade when exposed to sunlight. For the substances I've tried alcoholic ...
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Why does pH change with temperature? [duplicate]

Why does pH change with temperature? I recently read up on some chemistry notes, and found out that the higher the temperature of distilled water, the lower the pH. Why? Does this apply to other ...
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What pH indicators are commonly used for non-polar medium?

Compounds, commonly used as pH-indicators, are soluble in aqueous media and polar solvents (DMSO, DMF, NMP etc.) and are functional pretty much across all these solvents. However, practically none ...
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Help with idea for an optical ph sensor

I am experimenting at home with the idea of making an optical ph sensor that can read the colour of ph indicator using photodiodes. I am wondering if there is some kind of ion permeable membrane ...
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pH Determination

I have a cubic box of length $L=12.42\ \mathrm{\overset{\circ}A}$, containing $60\ \ce{H2O}$ and $1\ \ce{H+}$ ion. What is the $\mathrm{pH}$ of the system? Following the basic definition, $\mathrm{pH}...
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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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Finding concentration and moles given final and initial pH

Questions: How many moles of $\ce{NaOH}$ are needed to change $500~\mathrm{L}$ of solution with $\mathrm{pH}\ 2$ to $\mathrm{pH}\ 11$? A swimming pool contains 2 million litres of water at $\...
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Find the concentration of the HCl solution when mixed with 1.265g of ACES-K+

$1.265\ \mathrm g$ of N-(2-acetamido)-2-aminoethanesulfonic acid potassium salt (ACES-K+, $M=220.29\ \mathrm{g/mol}$) is dissolved in $88.42\ \mathrm{mL}$ of water. $27.59\ \mathrm{mL}$ of $\ce{HCl}$ ...
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Positive charge on a zwitter ion at pH=7?

I faced this question. But I am having some problems understanding the solution to this: How can the negative charge on the peptide vanish on $\pu{pH = 7}$? Suppose, we have some $\ce{H+}$ donor on ...
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How concentrated can an acid be?

How concentrated can an acid be without it being supersaturated? Is there a certain limit to how concentrated an acid or base can be? When I mean concentration, I mean molarity; so how concentrated ...
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How to verify the accuracy of a pH meter

One suggestion I received is that I prepare a solution of a known activity and probe the solution with the pH meter. The problem I see with this is that any error in solution preparation can lead us ...
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Why isn't CH3OH basic if it contains OH?

I was asked to find the most basic solution from the following: $\ce{K2SO4}$ $\ce{CH3OH}$ $\ce{Na2CO3}$ $\ce{(NH4)2CrO4}$ $\ce{BaCl2}$ I know that I have to identify the solution that ...
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Using non-food grade NaOH for pH control

I would like to use non-food grade $\ce{NaOH}$ for $\ce{pH}$ water treatment. Any problem with this mixing with water that contains iron? The $\ce{NaOH}$ will be pumped into a well. As a $25\%$ ...
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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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Mixing Ca(OH)2 with Ca(NO3)2

Mixing $\ce{Ca(OH)_2}$ with $\pu{0.1 M}$ concentration of $\ce{Ca(NO3)2}$. What will actually happen in the process? What I will see with my eyes? I know that $\ce{Ca^2+}$ cation with concentration ...
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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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The percentage of ingredients in a glass of tea [closed]

When a pot, pitcher, glass, etc of tea is brewed, how do I find the exact concentrations of tea and water in the end result. I realize it depends on the amount tea and water used when brewing. Is it ...
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Chalcogens' hydrides as acids?

I've noticed that chalcogens never form binary acids, and instead end up like water, with very little acidity. Why is this? Or am I wrong and there's a counterexample, if so please give it.
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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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Can I use my extech pH 60 meter to measure soil pH if so how?

Can I use my extech pH60 meter to measure soil pH if so how? I included a link to the meter. Extech pH 60
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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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Can I use litmus paper to test unknown liquid that contains a concentrated strong acid?

Can I use litmus paper to test unknown liquid that contains a concentrated strong acid (example $\ce{H2SO4}$)? Can concentrated strong acid destroy litmus paper?
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How do I calculate the pH of this buffered solution?

Calculate the $\mathrm{pH}$ of a buffered solution containing $\pu{0.5 M}$ ammonia and $\pu{0.5 M}$ ammonium chloride when $\pu{0.15 M}$ $\ce{HCl}$ is added into it. The $\mathrm{p}K_\mathrm{b}$ of ...
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Effect of pH on electrolysis

I understand (more or less) that acidification of water helps in the dissociation of water into ions. Acids easily dissociate into ions in aqueous solution. So, accordingly, the hydrogen from the acid ...
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Regarding Kw, titrations, and pH

So I have need of performing a titration upon a fruit juice to determine acid concentration. I will be using 1M NaOH as my base. Seeing as the solution will be coloured, it would be difficult to use ...
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Understanding how to calculate the pH of a buffer with ice tables

Let's say you are asked to calculate the pH of a solution with: $\mathrm{0.1~M}~\ce{HCl}$ $\mathrm{0.2~M}~\ce{CH3COOH}$. $K_\mathrm a = 2\times 10^{-5}$ This is how I would do it: $$\ce{CH3COOH ...
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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?
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How to calculate the number of protons in a sphere given the volume and the pH?

The spherical radius of a nano-droplet of a solution ($\mathrm{pH}$ of which is $6$) is given as $\pu{20nm}$. I can find the molar concentration of $\ce{H+}$ and subsequently the number of $\ce{H+}$ ...
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Ratio of uncharged to charged side chains [closed]

The $\mathrm{p}K_\mathrm{a}$ of the side chain imidazole group of histidine is $6.0.$ What is the ratio of uncharged to charged side chains at $\mathrm{pH}~7?$ Here's my attempt to the solution: $$7 ...
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Why does pH of a buffer solution change according to Henderson–Hasselbalch equation? [closed]

If I add a little amount of acid or base to a buffer solution, the pH of the buffer won't change. That's what the diagramatic mechanism tells us. But according to Henderson–Hasselbalch equation, the $...
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Calculating molecular weight of an acid based on given values of mass, volume, pH and pKa

This is what I thought was an easy problem but according to a given answer I am doing it wrong: $\pu{11 mg}$ of a monoprotic acid was dissolved in $\pu{0.5 l}$ of water. The resulting $\mathrm{pH}$ ...
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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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Why does slaked lime water lose alkalinity over time?

When I throw 3 handfuls of white lime $\ce{Ca(OH)_2}$ into 60 gallons of tap water, the initial pH value is 11.4, but unknowingly it changes to pH 7. What is the chemistry behind it? How long does ...
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Bleach in drain cleaners

I have a clogged pipe in my bathroom so I went to the store to get something to unclog it. Basically there are two types that you can find in my area: Sodium hydroxide pellets "Liquid plumber" ...
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How to get specific concentration of carbonic acid in solution?

I wanted to know if there is a way of getting specific quantities of carbonic acid? Carbonic acid is water + $\ce{CO2}$ but not all the $\ce{CO2}$ dissolves in water. So if I wanted $5\:\mathrm{g}$ of ...
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Titration curve of a diprotic acid with a strong base titrant

I have wonders regarding the titration curve of the titration of sulphuric acid, or any diprotic acid, with a strong base. I am aware of the fact that a diprotic acid is protolysed in two steps but, ...
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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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Potentiometric titration using a pH meter

Why is the pH of a buffer solution measured before measuring the pH of an unknown solution? I do not have any idea about it. I had read a chapter about ionic equilibrium and electrochemistry, but have ...
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What is the pH of CsBr?

What is the pH of CsBr? 3.8 7 9 12 According to me, $\ce{Cs+ + H2O <<=> CsOH + H+}$ (because $\ce{CsOH}$ is a strong base, the forward reaction should not occur, right?) ...
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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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What ratio of bicarb to vinegar do I need in order for the result to be pH neutral?

This question stems from one I just asked over at Seasoned Advice, where my recipe tasted decidedly off because the pH was wrong. The recipe called for $\pu{16 g}$ bicarb of soda (sodium bicarbonate, ...