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Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:08 am
Does the pH of water increase or decrease with increasing temperature? Why?
Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2018 2:10 pm
pH decreases with increase in temperature. But this does not mean that water becomes more acidic at higher temperatures. In the case of pure water, there are always the same concentration of hydrogen ions and hydroxide ions and hence, the water is still neutral (even if its pH changes)
Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2018 2:20 pm
When we increase the temperature, water's ability to ionize increases, so [H+] increases, which means pH decreases. Essentially, a record of a pH value without a corresponding temperature value is not enough information in something like a lab report. If it is just water by itself, I don't think temperature will affect the pH level of water; I believe pure H2O will always be pH 7.