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On Pg. 150-151 of the course reader, there is a calculation completed in order to calculate pH and pOH. The equation is Ba(OH)2 --> Ba^2+ + 2OH-. One of the first steps was to find the concentration in H3O+. I understand the how the value was obtained, but I do not understand why the concentration of H30+ was calculated if it is not in the chemical equation.
H3O+ and OH- are in equilibrium with water. 2H20<-->H3O+ + OH-. Therefore their Kc(written as Kw)=[H3O+][OH-]=1x10^-14. Therefore, in any aqueous system, their concentrations will equal 1x10^-14. Therefore, obtaining the concentration of OH- in the equations above will allow you to obtain the concentration of H3O+.
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