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bicarbonate-carbonic acid buffer system

Preparing a Buffer. The pH of blood is 7.40. Calculate the [HCO3-] / [H2CO3] ratio of a bicarbonate-carbonic acid buffer system that will effectively maintain a sample of blood at a pH of 7.40. Hint: the Henderson-Hasselbalch equation is useful for this type of problem.

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For this you need to use the BUFFER equation

Ka = [H+] x A-/HA

(which is the ...

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It shows how to prepare the bicarbonate-carbonic acid buffer system that will effectively maintain a sample of blood at a pH of 7.40.

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