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Salt solution: acidic or basic?

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Predict whether aqueous solutions of each of the following salts are acidic, neutral, or basic.

Sodium hydrogen carbonate

In class we just learned to look on the table and see if one was a weak acid or strong base, then decide what the solution would be.

However, I can't find some of them on the table so then I believe that I would need to find the Ka and Kb and I am totally confused as to where you find the information to figure them out. Please help and try to explain as if you were teaching a 2 year old :)

Thank you for your patience.

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Well, I don't know about explaining it to a 2-year old child, but I'll give it my best shot.

First of all, this sort of stuff can be a little confusing to a lot of people -- or even a lot confusing to a lot of people!

Let's start with basics. Sodium hydrogen carbonate is also called sodium bicarbonate. Its chemical formula is NaHCO3. And, thankfully, you ...

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This solution discusses whether aqueous solutions of a salt is acidic, neutral, or basic. The aqueous solutions are provided.