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1 Acid Vs Base Characteristics of Acids: Sour taste Change blue litmus paper red; red litmus paper does not change Produce hydronium ions (H 3 O + ) when.

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1 1 Acid Vs Base Characteristics of Acids: Sour taste Change blue litmus paper red; red litmus paper does not change Produce hydronium ions (H 3 O + ) when dissolved in water by donation of H + Acids produce positively and negatively charged ions in aqueous solution; thus acidic solutions conduct electricity and are electrolytes! Characteristics of Bases: Bitter taste Turn red litmus paper blue; blue litmus paper does not change Produce hydroxide ions (OH - ) when dissolved in water by accepting H + Bases produce positively and negatively charged ions in aqueous solution; thus basic solutions conduct electricity and are electrolytes!

2 2 Strong Vs Weak Strong acids and bases will completely dissociate in water. Strong Acids: HCl HBr HI HNO 3 H 2 SO 4 HClO 4 Strong Bases: Group IA and IIA metal hydroxides Some substances can behave as either an acid or a base, depending on the circumstances, and are called amphoteric substances. Recall that an acid and a metal hydroxide base will react in a neutralization reaction to form a salt and water.

3 3 pH Scale The pH of a solution is a measure of the H 3 O + concentration in moles/L (M). If the hydronium ion concentration is known, the pH can be found from: pH = - log [H 3 O + ] Note that the hydronium ion concentration is just the acid concentration for any strong acid since strong acids 100% dissociate in aqueous solution. If the pH is known, the hydronium ion concentration can be found from: [H 3 O + ] = 10 -pH Since pH is a log scale, a one unit increase in pH is a 10 fold decrease in the [H 3 O + ] concentration A one unit decrease in pH is a 10 fold increase in the [H 3 O + ] concentration. Problems: 1. A sample of lemon juice has a [H 3 O + ] of 3.8x10 -4 M. What is the pH? 2.A common window-cleaning solution has a [H3O + ] of 5.3x10 -9 M. What is the pH? Is this acidic, basic, or neutral? 3. Fresh, homemade apple juice was found to have a pH of What is the [H 3 O + ]?

4 4 Buffers Buffer: A solution that resists a change in pH when a moderate amount of acid or base is added. A buffer can only work if there is both a weak acid and it’s conjugate base present in solution. In a conjugate acid-base pair the acid will always contain one H more than it’s conjugate base. Examples: HC 2 H 3 O 2 /NaC 2 H 3 O 2 H 3 PO 4 /NaH 2 PO 4

5 5 Acid Rain Rainfall is naturally acidic due to carbon dioxide in the air: CO 2 (g) + H 2 O(l)  H 2 CO 3 (aq) Sulfur oxides and nitrogen oxides as pollutants from auto emissions and industrial processes can lead to formation of acid rain: SO 2 (g) + H 2 O(l)  H 2 SO 3 (aq) SO 3 (g) + H 2 O(l)  H 2 SO 4 (aq) 2NO 2 (g) + H 2 O(l)  HNO 3 (aq) + NO(aq)


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