Using Ka or Kb to find pKa or pKb

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ashwathinair
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Using Ka or Kb to find pKa or pKb

Postby ashwathinair » Sun Dec 08, 2019 12:37 am

We have the formulas to find pKa and pKb, but if we are given an acid or base without the Ka or Kb how do we find the pKa or pKb? Or do we need to be given the Ka or Kb to find this?

Julie_Reyes1B
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Re: Using Ka or Kb to find pKa or pKb

Postby Julie_Reyes1B » Sun Dec 08, 2019 1:51 am

I don't think we would have to calculate KA or KB without being given pKA or pKB because that requires ICE calculations (which we will learn in 14B). However, if you are given KA and asked to find KB or vice versa, you can do that with the equation KW=10-14=KAKB

Anna Heckler 2C
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Re: Using Ka or Kb to find pKa or pKb

Postby Anna Heckler 2C » Sun Dec 08, 2019 1:56 am

We will be given the ionization constants (Ka and Kb) if needed


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