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The question was:

When you add solid NaHCO3 to water the solution becomes basic. As you stir the mixture to dissolve all the NaHCO3 (or as the solution sits) bubbles of CO2 are released. This occures because HCO3- ions react with one another to a small extent according to:

2HCO3- ---> CO3^2- + H2CO3

H2CO3 <----> H20 + CO2

The conjugate acid/base of HCO3- are H2CO3 and CO3^2- respectively. When CO2 is lost from the solution, the concentration of _____ (acid/base) decreases. Therefore, the more CO2 that is lost, the ____(more/less) basic the solution becomes.

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution

Looking at the second equation, I want to say that if CO2 decreases, this would drive the reaction to the right to compensate for the loss, decreasing H2CO3, the acid. Therfore, the concentration of acid decreases and the solution becomes more basic. However, other students in my class for the most part disagreed with me, and I can't seem to find out what is the right answer. If I am right, can someone let me know? And if I am wrong, can someone explain to me why??

Thank you!

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# Homework Help: Acid/Base Solution question

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