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Acids and Bases

Strong and Weak Acids

What is the difference between a strong acid and a weak acid? Give one example of each. What is meant by the ionic product for water, Kw? Define pH and hence calculate the pH of a solution of a) 0.01 M hydrochloric acid b) 0.1 M sodium hydroxide c) 0.2 M sulphuric acid d) 0.1 M butanoic acid, given that Ka = 1.51 x 10-5

Determining the pH of an aqueous solution

Determine the pH of an aqueous solution prepared by mixing 50 mL of .125 M KOH with 50 mL of .125 M HCl while maintaining the temperature of the the system at 50 degrees C.

Understanding acid-base chemistry.

Amide ion (H<sub>2</sub>N-) is a stronger base than the hydroxide ion (OH-). Which would you expect to be a stronger acid, NH<sub>3</sub> or H<sub>2</sub>O? Why?

Understanding acid strength, pKa.

Picric acid (C<sub>6</sub>H<sub>3</sub>N<sub>3</sub>O<sub>7</sub>) has a pKa of 0.3. Formic acid (CHO<sub>2</sub>H) has a pKa of 3.7. Which is the stronger acid?

Understanding buffers and weak acids.

Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) has a pKa of 4.2 at 24 degrees Celsius. State the pH of the solution when the ratio of unprotonated to protonated forms of ascorbic acid is (a) 1:1 (b) 1:10 (c) 10:1 (d) 1:3 (e) Which form of ascorbic acid predominates at physiological pH?