Ch 13: Acids & Bases in Chemistry

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In this overview of acids and bases in chemistry, you will learn about Bronsted-Lowry equations, acid-base equilibrium, and more. The short lessons in this chapter can be a valuable resource to use when preparing for a test or working on class assignments.

Acids & Bases in Chemistry - Chapter Summary

As you go through these lessons on acids and bases in chemistry, you will learn about acid-base buffers and compounds classified as amphiprotic. How to calculate pH during titrations is also covered in this chapter. By the end of the chapter, you should be ready to:

  • Write Bronsted-Lowry equations
  • Provide examples of a Bronsted-Lowry base
  • Discuss acid and base dissociation
  • Recall the history of the pH scale
  • Explain the benefits of having our blood buffered
  • List amphiprotic substances
  • Define autoionization of water
  • Discuss titration of a strong acid

As you go through these lessons on acids and bases in chemistry, you can send a message to instructors if you get stuck on a topic. You can review all of the lessons in order, or just the topics that you need to review. Quizzes are available for each lesson to gauge your knowledge of the topics covered.

10 Lessons in Chapter 13: Acids & Bases in Chemistry
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Bronsted-Lowry Acid: Definition & Examples

1. Bronsted-Lowry Acid: Definition & Examples

Two scientists came to a conclusion: an acidic solution behaves as proton donors, which is in the form of a hydrogen ion. This is what we call the Bronsted-Lowry definition of an acid, which is the main focus of this lesson.

Bronsted-Lowry Base: Definition & Examples

2. Bronsted-Lowry Base: Definition & Examples

There are different definitions of bases from different scientists, so what classifies a solution as basic? In this lesson, we will learn about the definition of a basic solution proposed by two scientists, Bronsted and Lowry.

Writing BronstedLowry Equations

3. Writing BronstedLowry Equations

In this lesson you will learn about Bronsted-Lowry acids and bases, as well as how to write them in an equation. You will also learn how to balance charges and atoms, ensuring a correctly written equation.

Acid-Base Equilibrium: Calculating the Ka or Kb of a Solution

4. Acid-Base Equilibrium: Calculating the Ka or Kb of a Solution

In this lesson, you will review acid and base strength and acid and base dissociation. You will then learn what acid and base dissociation constants (Ka and Kb) are, what they mean, and how to perform calculations involving them.

The pH Scale: Calculating the pH of a Solution

5. The pH Scale: Calculating the pH of a Solution

Learn the history of the pH scale, how to describe it and why it is used by scientists. Discover how to calculate the pH of an acid or base solutions given either the hydroxide ion concentration or the hydronium ion concentration. Learn how to start with the pH and calculate the hydroxide and hydronium ion concentrations.

Acid-Base Buffers: Calculating the pH of a Buffered Solution

6. Acid-Base Buffers: Calculating the pH of a Buffered Solution

Learn what a buffer is, how it works, and why we benefit from having our blood buffered. Learn how to calculate the pH of a buffered solution before an acid or base is added and how the pH changes after an acid or base is added.

Amphiprotic Substances: Definition & Examples

7. Amphiprotic Substances: Definition & Examples

In acid-base chemistry, did you know water is a very common amphiprotic substance? Explore this lesson to learn what amphiprotic is and identify different compounds classified as amphiprotic.

Dissociation Constant and Autoionization of Water

8. Dissociation Constant and Autoionization of Water

Learn the meaning of auto-ionization of water, sometimes called self-ionization, where water acts as a proton donor and acceptor to form both hydronium and hydroxide ions. Learn what the auto-ionization constant is and how to use it to determine the concentration of either hydroxide or hydronium ions in a solution when given the other value.

Titration of a Strong Acid or a Strong Base

9. Titration of a Strong Acid or a Strong Base

Discover what titration is and how to calculate the concentration of an acid or base that has been titrated to equivalence. Learn the meaning of titrant, standard solution and equivalence point. Study titration curves and learn how to determine pH during any point of a titration between a strong acid and strong base.

Titrations with Weak Acids or Weak Bases

10. Titrations with Weak Acids or Weak Bases

Learn about titrations with weak acids or weak bases in this lesson. Study their titration curves and learn about some of their important characteristics. Learn how to calculate pH during titrations involving weak acids and strong bases.

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