How to find percentage ionization of a basic solution

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Hannah Lee 2F
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How to find percentage ionization of a basic solution

Postby Hannah Lee 2F » Tue Jan 21, 2020 11:38 am

Is it possible to find the % ionization/de-protonation (not protonation) of a basic solution, or does it only apply to acids?

Brian_Ho_2B
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Re: How to find percentage ionization of a basic solution

Postby Brian_Ho_2B » Tue Jan 21, 2020 11:43 am

You can find the percent protonation of a basic solution by calculating [HB+]/[B initial] times 100%. The [HB+] is the concentration of the base's conjugate acid.

JasonLiu_2J
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Re: How to find percentage ionization of a basic solution

Postby JasonLiu_2J » Tue Jan 21, 2020 11:48 am

Percentage deprotonation only applies to acids since acids donate a proton in solution. A base does not donate protons, but rather accepts protons, so you can only find percentage protonation for bases. Thus, percentage deprotonation is for acids whereas percentage protonation is for bases. However, when given a base, you could find the percentage deprotonation for the conjugate acid, but this would still be an acid in the end. Hope this helps!


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