## pH

Abigail Menchaca_1H
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### pH

How would you find the pH of a solution only given the pKa?

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### Re: pH

It really depends on what information you are given, I feel like for most problems this is how I've been dealing with it...
1) convert pKa to Ka
Ka = 10^(-pKa)
2) write Ka concentration out and figure out [H+]
3) plug into pH = -log [H+]

Callum Guo 1H
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### Re: pH

You would probably take the 10^-pka to convert it into Ka and then make a ICE table to find the concentration of H+ ions. After that, you would take the -log of the H+ concentration.

Hussain Chharawalla 1G
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Also be careful to check whether you’re given pKa or pKb and whether you want to find OH or H+ concentration

Areli C 1L
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Prasanna Padmanabham 4I wrote:It really depends on what information you are given, I feel like for most problems this is how I've been dealing with it...
1) convert pKa to Ka
Ka = 10^(-pKa)
2) write Ka concentration out and figure out [H+]
3) plug into pH = -log [H+]

I like this, clear and not too wordy :)

Caroline Zepecki
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if you know the pka, you can use the equation PkW = PkA x PkB.

Charysa Santos 4G
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If they give you the pKa, they would likely also have given the concentration of either [OH-] or [H3O+] or you would have to solve for them, and then you could use that value to do -log([H3O+]/[OH-]) and find the pH/pOH.

Hannah Pham
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### Re: pH

You could convert pKa to Ka, then use Ka = 10^(-pKa). Use the Ka to find [H3O+]. Determine pH by this equation: pH = -log [H3O+].

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