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Chapter 8 Monoprotic Acid-Base Equilibria. 8-1 Strong Acids and Bases. HBr is a strong acid , so the reaction goes to completion. HBr + H 2 O  H 3 O 3+ + Br - pH = -log[H + ] = -log(0.10) = 1.00. Box 8-1 Concentrated HNO 3 Is Only Slightly Dissociated 2.

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Chapter 8 Monoprotic Acid-Base Equilibria

8-1 Strong Acids and Bases

HBr is a strong acid, so the reaction goes to completion.

HBr + H2O  H3O3+ + Br-

pH = -log[H+] = -log(0.10) = 1.00


Box 8-1 Concentrated HNO3 Is Only Slightly Dissociated2

The figure shows a Raman spectrum of solutions of nitric acid of increasing concentration.


KOH is a strong base (completely dissociated), so [OH-] = 0.10 M.

pH = -log[H+] = 13.00

Relation between pH pH + pOH = -logKW = 14.00 at 250C (9-1)

and pOH:


The Dilemma

[H+] = KW/(1.0 X 10-8) = 1.0 X 10-6M  pH = 6.00

The Cure


Step 1Pertinent reactions. The only one is H2O = H+ + OH-.

Step 2Charge balance. The species in solution are K+, OH-, and H+. So,

[K+] + [H+] = [OH-] (9-2)

Step 3Mass balance. All K+ comes from the KOH, so [K+] = 1.0 X 10-8 M.

Step 4Equilibrium constant expression. KW = [H+][OH-] = 1.0 X 10-14.

Step 5Count. There are three equations and three unknowns ([H+], [OH-], [K+]), so we have enough information to solve the problem.


Step 6 Solve. Because we are seeking the pH, let’s set [H+] = x. Writing [K+] = 1.0 X 10-8 M in Equation 9-2, we get

[OH-] = [K+] + [H+] = 1.0 X 10-8 + x

[H+] = 9.6 X 10-8 M  pH = -log[H+] = 7.02


When the concentration is “high” (≥10-6M), pH is calculated by just considering the added H+ or OH-. That is, the pH of 10-5.00M KOH is 9.00.

When the concentration is “low” (≤10-8M), the pH is 7.00. We have not added enough acid or base to change the pH of the water itself.

At intermediate concentrations of 10-6 to 10-8M, the effects of water ionization and the added acid or base are comparable. Only in this region is a systematic equilibrium calculation necessary.


8-2 Weak Acids and Bases

Let’s review the meaning of the acid dissociation constant, Ka, for the acid HA:

Weak-acid equilibrium:

A weak acid is one that is not completely dissociated. That is, Reaction 9-3 does not go to completion. For a base, B, the base hydrolysis constant, Kb, is defined by the reaction

Weak-base equilibrium:

A weak base is one for which Reaction 9-4 does not go to completion.

pK is the negative logarithm of an equilibrium constant:

pKW = -log KW

pKa = -log Ka

pKb = -log Kb


The acid HA and its corresponding base, A-, are said to be a conjugate acid-base pair, because they are related by the gain or loss of a proton.

Relation between Ka and Ka· Kb = Kw(9-5)

Kb for conjugate pair:

Weak Is Conjugate to Weak

The conjugate base of a weak acid is a weak base. The conjugate acid of a weak base is a weak acid.


Using Appendix G

Appendix G lists acid dissociation constants. Each compound is shown in its fully protonated form.


A Typical Weak-Acid Problem


Charge balance:

Mass balance:

Equilibrium expressions:

x2 + (1.07 X 10-3) x – 5.35 X 10-5 = 0

x = 6.80X 10-3 (negative root rejected)

[H+] = [A-] = x = 6.80X 10-3 M

[HA] = F – x = 0.0432 M

pH = -logx = 2.17


[A-] (from HA dissociation) = 6.8 X 10-3 M

[H+] from HA dissociation = 6.8 X 10-3 M

[OH-] (from H2O dissociation) = 1.5 X 10-12 M

[H+] from H2O dissociation = 1.5 X 10-12 M


Fraction of Dissociation

The fraction of dissociation, α, is defined as the fraction of the acid in the form A-:

Fraction of dissociation of an acid:

Weak electrolytes (compounds that are only partially dissociated) dissociate more as they are diluted.

The Essence of a Weak-Acid Problem

Equation for weak acids:


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CelluloseㅡCH2OH = cellulose ㅡ CH2O- + H+


Fraction of dissociation

fraction of dissociation


A handy tip: Equation 9-11 can always be solved with the quadratic formula. However, an easier method worth trying first is to neglect x in the denominator.


8-4 Weak-Base Equilibria


B + H2O = BH+ + OH-

[B] = F – [BH+] = F-x

Equation for weak base:


B + H2O = BH+ + OH-


[H+] = KW/[OH-] = 1.0 X 10-14/3.1 X 10-4 = 3.2 X 10-11

pH = -log[H+] = 10.49

What fraction of cocaine has reacted with water? We can formulate α for a base, called the fraction of association:

Fraction of association of a base:


Conjugate Acids and Bases-Revisited

Earlier, we noted that the conjugate base of a weak acid is a weak base, and the conjugate acid of a weak base is a weak acid.

Isomer of hydroxyl benzoic acid Ka Kb(= Kw/Ka)

ortho 1.07X 10-3 9.3 X 10-12

para 2.9 X 10-5 3.5 X 10-10

pH of 0.050 0 M o-hydroxybenzoate = 7.83

pH of 0.050 0 M p-hydroxybenzoate = 8.62


8-5 Buffers

A buffered solution resists changes in pH when acids or bases are added or when dilution occurs. The buffer is a mixture of an acid and its conjugate base.

Mixing a Weak Acid and Its Conjugate Base

If you mix A moles of a weak acid with B moles of its conjugate base, the moles of acid remain close to A and the moles of base remain close to B.

HA = H+ + A- pKa = 4.00


Fraction of dissociation


A- + H2O = HA + OH- pKb = 10.00


Fraction of dissociation

HA dissociates very little, and adding extra A- to the solution will make the HA dissociate even less. Similarly, A- does not react very much with water, and adding extra HA makes A- react even less.


Henderson-Hasselbalch Equation

The central equation for buffers is the Henderson-Hasselbalch equation, which is merely a rearranged form of the Ka equilibrium expression.

Henderson-Hasselbalch equation for an acid:

Henderson-Hasselbalch equation for a base:



Show that, when activities are included, the Henderson-Hasselbalch equation is

Properties of the Henderson-Hasselbalch Equation

Regardless of how complex a solution may be, whenever pH = pKa, [A‑] must equal [HA]. This relation is true because all equilibria must be satisfied simultaneously in any solution at equilibrium. If there are 10 different acids and bases in the solution, the 10 forms of Equation 9-16 must all give the same pH, because there can be only one concentration of H+ in a solution.


Notice that the volume of solution is irrelevant, because volume cancels in the numerator and denominator of the log term:

moles of B/L of solution

moles of BH+/L of solution

moles of B

moles of BH+


Box 8-3 Strong Plus Weak Reacts Completely

B + H+ = BH+

Weak Strong

base acid

Ka(for BH+)

OH- + HA = A- + H2O

Strong Weak

base acid

Kb(for A-)

Ka(for HA)

H+ + OH- = H2O

Strong Strong

acid base


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We see that the pH of a buffer does not change very much when a limited amount of strong acid or base is added.

But why does a buffer resist changes in pH? It does so because the strong acid or base is consumed by B or BH+.


Preparing a Buffer in Real Life!

  • Weigh out 0.100 mol of tris hydrochloride and dissolve it in a beaker containing about 800 mL of water.
  • Place a calibrated pH electrode in the solution and monitor the pH.
  • Add NaOH solution until the pH is exactly 7.60.
  • Transfer the solution to a volumetric flask and wash the beaker a few times. Add the washing to the volumetric flask.
  • Dilute to the mark and mix.

Buffer Capacity14

Buffer capacity, β, is a measure of how well a solution resists changes in pH when strong acid or base is added. Buffer capacity is defined as

Buffer capacity:

Buffer capacity reaches a maximum when pH = pKa.

That is, a buffer is most effective in resisting changes in pH when pH = pKa (that is, when [HA] = [A-]).

In choosing a buffer, seek one whose pKa is as close as possible to the desired pH.

The useful pH range of a buffer is usually considered to be pKa±1 pH unit.

Buffer pH depends on Ionic Strength and Temperature

The correct Henderson-Hasselbalch equation, 9-18, includes activity coefficients.


When What You Mix Is Not What You Get

Mass balance: FHA + FA- = [HA] + [A-]

Charge balance: [Na+] + [H+] = [OH-] + [A-]

[HA] = FHA – [H+] + [OH-] (9-20)

[A-] = FA- + [H+] – [OH-] (9-21)


The Henderson-Hasselbalch equation (with activity coefficients) is always true, because it is just a rearrangement of the Ka equilibrium expression.