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Buffer solution + equilibrium + Organic compound

  1. Dec 28, 2014 #1
    For this question,why Ka =(ch3coo-)(h+)/(ch3cooh) instead of Ka =(ch3coo +x)(x)/(ch3cooh-x) ?
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    First equation uses equilibrium concentrations, second uses initial concentrations modified by the extent of the dissociation, to calculate equilibrium concentrations. Do you understand what these means?
  5. Dec 29, 2014 #4


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    You have now modified your initial post. I do not understand what you have in mind by your x.
    You might have been confused by the CH3COONa. That is a conventional formula, it really just represents the composition of sodium acetate but in aqueous solution and for that matter in crystal sodium acetate is all Na+ and CH3COO-. When you add to this "HCl" - I.e. H+ + Cl- - a fraction of the acetate ions CH3COO- become protonated to form CH3COOH and then the calculations you are asked about involve that fraction, which actually determines the pH as you can see from the given formulae.
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