Chemistry: The Molecular Science (5th Edition)

Published by Cengage Learning
ISBN 10: 1285199049
ISBN 13: 978-1-28519-904-7

Chapter 15 - Additional Aqueous Equilibria - Questions for Review and Thought - Topical Questions - Page 693a: 18c


$CH_3COOH$ and $CH_3COO^-$ are capable of making a buffer with $8.3 \times 10^{-6}M$ of $H_3O^+$ This happens because the $K_a$ value for $CH_3COOH$ is close to this hydronium ion concentration value.

Work Step by Step

1. Analyze the $[H_3O^+] (8.3 \times 10^{-6}M)$, and find the conjugate acid-base pair with the closest $K_a$ value. - Use Table $15-1$ on page $659$. - $CH_3COOH$ and $CH_3COO^-$: $K_a$ = $1.8 \times 10^{-5}$ Therefore, this is the best pair that can be used to make a buffer with hydronium ion concentration equal to $8.3 \times 10^{-6}.$
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