Conjugate seesaw

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Conjugate seesaw

Postby Ami_Pant_4G » Tue Jan 21, 2020 11:23 pm

Does the conjugate seesaw apply to the opposite statement or is it just one way? The weaker an acid/base is, the stronger it's conjugate base/acid is.

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Re: Conjugate seesaw

Postby Tiffany Chao 2H » Tue Jan 21, 2020 11:24 pm

Yes. Strong base = weak conj. acid. Weak base = strong conj. acid. And the same for strong/weak acids.

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Re: Conjugate seesaw

Postby Abigail Sanders 1E » Wed Jan 22, 2020 4:46 pm

Yes, the conjugate see-saw applies both ways. This means that if an acid is very strong then its conjugate base will be very weak. Additionally, if a base is very strong then its conjugate acid will be very weak. This can be shown through the equation Ka x Kb =Kw. If an acid has a very high Ka then its Kb will be very low as the two are inverse in comparison to the Kw constant 1x10^-14.

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Re: Conjugate seesaw

Postby Vivianvelazquez_1J » Wed Jan 22, 2020 6:25 pm

Yes, the conjugate seesaw applies both ways, meaning if a base is strong its conjugate acid will be very weak, and if an acid is very strong its conjugate base is very weak.

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