Chemistry: The Central Science (13th Edition)

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Chapter 16 - Acid-Base Equilibria - Exercises - Page 720: 16.84c


A $NaClO$ solution will be basic.

Work Step by Step

1. Identify the strength of each ion in the salt: $Na^+$: Insignificant acidity. - Since $Na^+$ is the conjugate acid of a strong base $NaOH$, it has a negligible acidity. $ClO^-$: Weak basicity: - Since $ClO^-$ is the conjugate base of a weak acid: $HClO$, it has a weak basicity too. Therefore, since the stronger ion is the base, the solution is going to be basic.
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