Midterm Q3D

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Midterm Q3D

Postby sharonvivianv » Sun Mar 17, 2019 2:22 am

Can someone help me figure out how to think through this questions. Thnx

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Re: Midterm Q3D

Postby Matthew Tran 1H » Sun Mar 17, 2019 9:31 am

H3PO4 is a polyprotic acid, so it will have three deprotonations where it gives up H+. Ka2 is the acidity constant for the second deprotonation, so you have to use H2PO4- (it lost H+ in the first deprotonation, it may be helpful to write this reaction out too) and have it react with water, donating one H+ to form H3O+ and HPO42-. You can then find the expression for Ka2 from this reaction.

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