## pH vs. pOH

Delaney Smith 1C
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### pH vs. pOH

What do you do again when you are calculating pOH? Also, how do you know if you are calculating for a base or for an acid?

Catherine Daye 1L
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### Re: pH vs. pOH

To calculate pOH, you use the concentration of a base. Alternatively, you calculate the pH using the concentration of an acid. The question may also include a Ka or Kb value. The Ka indicates the equilibrium constant of an acid (uses concentration of hydronium ions), and the Kb indicates the equilibrium constant of a base (uses concentration of hydroxide ions).

Elena Bell 1C
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### Re: pH vs. pOH

The pOH is used when you have the concentration of OH- and is calculated the same way you would calculate pH. You can tell if you are calculating for an acid if it is giving off a proton and you are getting the H3O+ concentration. If it is a base, it would accept a proton and give you the OH- concentration.

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### Re: pH vs. pOH

to calculate pOH. You find the concentration of OH- molecules and then take the -log[OH-] to find the pOH

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### Re: pH vs. pOH

You know whether you are calculating for a base or for an acid based on whether there is OH being produced or H3O+.

Shail Avasthi 2C
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### Re: pH vs. pOH

You calculate pH and pOH by taking the negative log (-log) of [H3O+] or [OH-]. You typically calculate pH for acids and pOH for bases, but questions will often ask you for pH no matter what. Use pH+pOH=14 to convert from pOH to pH.

lauraxie2e
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### Re: pH vs. pOH

you use the concentration of a base

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### Re: pH vs. pOH

to find the pH use the concentration of an acid to find pOH use the concentration of a base. IF given pH you can simply subtract that from 14 to find the pOH

kausalya_1k
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### Re: pH vs. pOH

pOH=-log[OH-] and you would use that for bases
pH=-log[H3O+] and you would use this for acids
pH+pOH=14

Tanmay Singhal 1H
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### Re: pH vs. pOH

pH+pOH=14 and pOH = -log[OH-}

J Medina 2I
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### Re: pH vs. pOH

Sometimes certain problems will make it easier to calculate pH, and if the pOH is being asked then you can take the pH (-log(H3O+)) and subtract that value from 14 (since pH + pOH + 14).

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### Re: pH vs. pOH

p before anything means to take the -Log of that thing. pH and pOH are the -log of the H concentrations and the OH concentrations. We can use the K equation to solve for the concentrations. We know we're solving for pH or pOH depending on if the reaction we are using, whether its a weak base or weak acid, and whether its Ka or Kb.

kevinolvera1j
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### Re: pH vs. pOH

To calculate pOH it is simply =-log[OH-] , and to find pH it is -log[H+] or -log[H30+]. pOH is used to calculate the strength of bases, while pH is used to calculate the strength of acids. To find one if the other is given the equation is pH+pOH=14.

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### Re: pH vs. pOH

you find pOH by taking the -log[OH- concentration]. you find pH by taking the -log[H30+ concentration].When it is base you use the OH- concentration and when it is an acid you use the H30+ ion concentration. Also when the equation/problem only gives you one, you can find the other because pH + pOH=14

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