## Pka vs Ka

DHavo_1E
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### Pka vs Ka

Hello!

Could someone explain what Pka and ka are conceptually and how they are different? Thank you!

Paige Lee 1A
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### Re: Pka vs Ka

pKa represents various Ka values on a logarithmic scale, where pKa=-log[Ka] and p=-logbase 10

preyasikumar_2L
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### Re: Pka vs Ka

Ka is the acid dissociation constant. pKa is the -log of this constant.

Michael Du 1E
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### Re: Pka vs Ka

Ka is given when there is a weak acid and is the acid dissociation constant. Since its a weak acid, the whole thing does not "fall" apart and we are given a dissociation constant as a result. Meanwhile, pKa is used to simply solve for the pH to determine its acidity on the ph scale.

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### Re: Pka vs Ka

pKa = -log[Ka], pKa usually have a range of 0 to 14

Sally Qiu 2E
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### Re: Pka vs Ka

ka is the acid dissociation constant, and pka is the -log of Ka

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pka is the negative log of Ka.

ASetlur_1G
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What is the pKa value actually describing?

Milisuryani Santoso 1L
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### Re: Pka vs Ka

ASetlur_3I wrote:What is the pKa value actually describing?

pKa is just the pH of an acid.

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### Re: Pka vs Ka

pKa is a way to represent ka and is easier on the eyes as it uses the logarithmic scale.

Shail Avasthi 2C
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### Re: Pka vs Ka

For the following reaction:

HA ---> H+ + A-

Ka = [H+][A-]/[HA]
pKa = -log(Ka)

For stronger acids, Ka will be high and pKa will be low, and vice versa.