# Chapter 16 - Sections 16.1-16.8 - Exercises - Conceptual Problems: 149a

Therefore, pH $\lt$ pKa.

#### Work Step by Step

The pH formula for buffers is pH = pKa + log[base]/[acid]. From this we can intuitively figure out our relationships. In this problem, the ratio of the base to the acid is less than one.

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