The Conjugate Seesaw

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Alison Trinh 1E
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Postby Alison Trinh 1E » Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:56 pm

What exactly is the conjugate seesaw and why is it important?

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Re: seesaw

Postby VioletKo3F » Mon Dec 02, 2019 12:30 am

It is relevant in describing conjugate acids or bases that define a Brønsted-Lowry acid-base reaction.

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Re: seesaw

Postby Nick Fiorentino 1E » Mon Dec 02, 2019 1:18 pm


So, as KA increases, KB will decrease. As KB increases, KA will decrease. The two values must always equal KW so they will change in accordance with the concentration of one another.

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Re: seesaw

Postby Daniel Yu 1E » Mon Dec 02, 2019 2:35 pm

Conceptually, how are Ka and Kb related to Kw? High Ka means strong acid and low Kb means weak base and vice versa, but why do they have to balance out to be equal to Kw?

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Re: seesaw

Postby AKhanna_3H » Mon Dec 02, 2019 3:59 pm

Dr. Lavelle said in a previous post that the seesaw is a topic covered in 14B and we do not need to explicitly know this for the final.

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