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Homework Help: Chemical Equlibrium of BaCrO4

  1. Feb 9, 2015 #1
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    Hi everyone,

    I'm trying to finish my lab report but I'm stuck on this question and don't even know how to start it. Could anyone let me know how to board it or a starting clue?

    I'm given these two equations

    1. BaCrO4 (s) <---> Ba2+ (aq) + CrO42- (aq)

    2. 2CrO42- (aq) + 2H+ (aq) <----> Cr2O72- (aq) + H2O (l)

    Question: How would you precipitate BaCrO4 from a solution of Ba(NO3)2 and K2Cr2O7 ? And I need to show it in chemical equations.

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    3. The attempt at a solution

    I honestly have no clue...
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  3. Feb 9, 2015 #2


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    You're working on the chromate-dichromate equilibrium in another thread; can you apply that equilibrium to this problem?
  4. Feb 9, 2015 #3
    Sure, if I knew how to that is...:)
  5. Feb 10, 2015 #4


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    Do you need low, or high concentration of CrO42- to precipitate BaCrO4?

    How does concentration of CrO42- depend on pH? (That's a direct conclusion of the question you posted in another thread, changing pH shifts the CrO42-/Cr2O72- equilibrium; how?)
  6. Feb 10, 2015 #5

    I was just looking at that and this is what I came up with: so I would need a high concentration of CrO42- to precipitate BaCrO4 and I can increase the concentration of CrO42- by lowering the concentration of H+ by adding NaOH so it will neutralize the H+. This way my equilibrium will shift to the left forming more CrO42-. Then by adding Ba(NO3)2...the NO3 would be a spectator ion but Ba2+ would form the BaCrO4 precipitate because BaCr2O7 is more soluble...would that be right?
  7. Feb 10, 2015 #6


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    It would.
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