Weak Acid & Salt

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Melody P 2B
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Weak Acid & Salt

Postby Melody P 2B » Fri Jan 18, 2019 7:04 pm

I just want to make sure I understand something, for the example we did in class today:

Calculate the pH of solution with 0.100 M HNO2 and 0.15 M KNO2, Ka= 4.3x10^-4

The chemical equation is: HNO2(aq) + H2O (l) (eq. arrows) NO2- + H3O+ because in the chemical equation

(NO2+) + (K-) + (HNO2) (eq. arrows) (NO2-) + (H3O+) + (K-) + (NO2+)

the (K-) and (NO2+) cancel on both sides?

Hovik Mike Mkryan 2I
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Re: Weak Acid & Salt

Postby Hovik Mike Mkryan 2I » Fri Jan 18, 2019 7:11 pm

I believe that the potassium onion is present on both sides alone, therefore they have no affect on the concentration of the pH or POH and they cancel as mentioned. But the HNO2 is present only on the left and the deprotonated NO2 is on the right. There isn't another separate NO2 molecule on the left. Hope this helped!

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Re: Weak Acid & Salt

Postby 204929947 » Fri Jan 18, 2019 7:50 pm

The Potassium, K, cancels on both sides which is why we don't write it on the equation. We only write NO2-

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Re: Weak Acid & Salt

Postby Niveda_B_3I » Sat Jan 19, 2019 5:17 pm

since it's a asalt, the potassium ions dissociate completely on both sides, and don't really count toward finding your equilibrium constant value.

Kriti Goyal 4K 19
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Re: Weak Acid & Salt

Postby Kriti Goyal 4K 19 » Sat Jan 19, 2019 5:29 pm

Because it is a salt, KNO2 will completely dissociate in a solution. Now when you write the reaction both K+ and NO2- show up both sides of the equation, NO2- on the product side does not have the same concentration as the NO2- on the reactant side as it adds up to the concentration of NO2- dissociated from HNO2. but because there is no extra K+ added, its concentration is equal on both sides of the equation.
Now the reason you cancel out the K+ is because when you put it in the expression for Ka, it would cancel out anyway because of the numerator and denominator values being the same for it. This would not hold true for NO2- however.

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