Science questions not covered in Chem 14A and 14B. Try to limit questions to chemistry (inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, organic chemistry, biophysical chemistry, biochemistry, materials science, environmental chemistry).
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For the 6th edition textbook homework 12.23 part (a), how do you know that since the Kw provided is 2.1x10^-14 that that is equivalent to x^2. So the problem can be set up as (H3O+)(OH-)=x^2. Is this because if you take the square root of 2.1x10^-14 is 1.4x10^-7 mol/L? I wouldn't have thought of this as a way to solve this problem, so some clarification would be nice :)
Just remember that pure water has the neutral pH of 7, so as the comment above states, [H3O+] and [OH-] should always be equal. If they are not equal, the solution will either be more acidic (higher concentration of H3O+) or more basic (higher concentration of OH-).
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