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    I'm doing some questions from my text book and I actually can't find any answers. But my Ph calculation on part C looks very wrong.What have I done wrong?
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    You seem to have found Ka from the pKa, then used that Ka to find pKa again - you've then used the original pKa instead of Ka
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    You use the pKa value of 4.32 rather than the Ka value.

    Ka = 10-pKa

    Also, when working out the new concs of HA and A-, you should have just realised that HA is a 1:4 dilution and a A- is 3:4 dilution. Notice that the conc of HA is 1/4 what it was before adding the A-
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    (Original post by Pigster)
    You use the pKa value of 4.32 rather than the Ka value.

    Ka = 10-pKa

    Also, when working out the new concs of HA and A-, you should have just realised that HA is a 1:4 dilution and a A- is 3:4 dilution. Notice that the conc of HA is 1/4 what it was before adding the A-
    (Original post by h3rmit)
    You seem to have found Ka from the pKa, then used that Ka to find pKa again - you've then used the original pKa instead of Ka
    Ah okay thank you
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    Actually, question a.) the Ka= [H+] because a [HA] and [A-] cancel out as both their conc is 0.1moldm-3

    Since Ka= [H+] and and Ka= 4.786x10-5

    Then [H+] also = 4.786x10-5
    So ph = -log[H+]
    -log[4.786x10-5]
    Ph= 4.32

    Do get my reasoning? Why would this be wrong?
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    (Original post by Onthedancefloor)
    Actually, question a.) the Ka= [H+] because a [HA] and [A-] cancel out as both their conc is 0.1moldm-3

    Since Ka= [H+] and and Ka= 4.786x10-5

    Then [H+] also = 4.786x10-5
    So ph = -log[H+]
    -log[4.786x10-5]
    Ph= 4.32

    Do get my reasoning? Why would this be wrong?
    It would me much simpler to just note that:

    Ka = [H+] x [A-]/[HA] = [H+]
    -log Ka = -log [H+] i.e. pKa (given in Q) = pH

    This works when [HA] = [A-]. The easiest way to do this is to get a weak acid and add half the number of mol of OH- needed to fully neutralise it.
 
 
 
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