Autoprotolysis of water

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Autoprotolysis of water

Postby melissa_dis4K » Tue Jan 22, 2019 9:49 pm

How do you know when the autoprotolysis of water doesn't significantly affect the pH? Is this different for different acids and bases or should it always be assumed? Thanks!

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Re: Autoprotolysis of water

Postby Max Hayama 4K » Tue Jan 22, 2019 9:54 pm

If the concentration of OH- or H+ is less than 1e^-7, which are the standard concentration for autoprotolysis of water, then you can assume that the pH of the solution is neutral or at 7. This is because naturally there exists a concentration of either OH- or H+, so any value that is less than 1e^-7 will have no impact on the pH of the solution.

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