Chemistry: The Central Science (13th Edition)

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Chapter 16 - Acid-Base Equilibria - Exercises - Page 720: 16.83e


The aqueous solution of this compound will be basic.

Work Step by Step

1. Identify the ions present in the salt: - ($Na^+$) - ($HC_2{O_4}^-$) 2. Compare, and determine which one is stronger: - $Na^+$ is the conjugate acid of a strong base (NaOH), therefore, it has negligible acidity. - $HC_2{O_4}^-$ is the conjugate base of a weak acid: (Oxalic acid), therefore, it is a weak base. So, the base $HC_2{O_4}^-$ is stronger, and the solution will be basic.
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