## seesaw

Acidity $K_{a}$
Basicity $K_{b}$
The Conjugate Seesaw $K_{a}\times K_{b}=K_{w}$

Alison Trinh 1E
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### seesaw

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

VioletKo3F
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### Re: seesaw

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

Nick Fiorentino 1E
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### Re: seesaw

KA x KB= KW

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.

Daniel Yu 1E
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### Re: seesaw

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?

AKhanna_3H
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### Re: seesaw

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.