# Chem I: Determining Acidic, Basic or Neutral Salt

by markelmarcel
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 P: 21 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data Predict if the following salts are acidic, basic, neutral or undetermined. 2. Relevant equations a. NaOCl b. NH4I c. Sr(ClO3)2 d. KCN 3. The attempt at a solution A. NaClO = Na+ and ClO- So, if Na+ gives up a proton, that would turn it into Na... and make ClO into HClO... and HClO is a strong acid. B. NH4I = NH4+ and I- So if NH4+ gives up a proton it turns into NH3 and HI... which is a strong acid. C. Sr(ClO3)2 = Sr2+ and ClO3- So if Sr gives away a proton it's left with Sr+ and ClO3 becomes neutral?? D. KCN = K+ and CN- K can give up a proton and be K and make CN- have no charge... CN? Neutral? I know that C is netural but I don't know why and I'm pretty sure I'm right on the two acids, but the last one I think is supposed to be basic, but I don't know how....
 HW Helper PF Gold P: 2,841 You must be wrong about NaClO; One would imagine an anion with more oxygens could be for an acidic protonated form, but the ClO-1 is not from a strong acid. (Hypochlorite). KCN ? K+ from strong base, and CN- from weak acid.
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 Quote by symbolipoint You must be wrong about NaClO; One would imagine an anion with more oxygens could be for an acidic protonated form, but the ClO-1 is not from a strong acid. (Hypochlorite). KCN ? K+ from strong base, and CN- from weak acid.

See... I don't understand how this works. Haha. I got one at least! My prof went through all this a little too fast for me. Any online resources to help me better understand this? (I like to be active with learning, not a whiner who just wants the answers)

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Chem I: Determining Acidic, Basic or Neutral Salt

Originally Posted by symbolipoint:
 You must be wrong about NaClO; One would imagine an anion with more oxygens could be for an acidic protonated form, but the ClO-1 is not from a strong acid. (Hypochlorite). KCN ? K+ from strong base, and CN- from weak acid.