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Buffer Capacity Lab. Buffer Solutions A buffer solution is a solution that changes pH only slightly when small amounts of a strong acid or a strong base.

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1 Buffer Capacity Lab

2 Buffer Solutions A buffer solution is a solution that changes pH only slightly when small amounts of a strong acid or a strong base are added. A buffer contains significant concentrations of both – a weak acid and its conjugate base, or – a weak base and its conjugate acid.

3 Importance of Buffers Our blood is buffered to a pH of 7.4 Buffers are used when pH must be controlled in experiments. – Proteins – Enzymes

4 Sodium Acetate Buffer This buffer relies on the dissociation reaction of acetic acid. CH 3 COOH CH 3 COO - + H +

5 Pure water increases in pH by about 5 pH units when the OH – is added, and decreases by about 5 pH units when the H 3 O + is added. In contrast, the same amounts of OH – and H 3 O + added to a buffer solution barely change the pH.

6 Buffer Capacity and Buffer Range There is a limit to the ability of a buffer solution to neutralize added acid or base. This buffer capacity is reached before either buffer component has been consumed. As a rule, a buffer is most effective if the concentrations of the buffer acid and its conjugate base are equal or nearly so.


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