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How is weak acid concentration measured?

  1. Nov 16, 2011 #1
    Is a weak acids concentration determined from when it is in equilibrium, or if it hasn't dissociated at all?
    i.e. 0.100M CH3COOH. Would this be the concentration of CH3COOH during it's equilibrium:
    CH3COOH <-|-> CH3COO- + H+
    Or just by itself?

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  3. Nov 17, 2011 #2


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    0.100M is usually total concentration of acid - both dissociated and not dissociated.
  4. Nov 21, 2011 #3
    Yeah the molarity of a weak acid solution is a measure of the amount of the acid in there, regardless of whether its dissociated or not. So if I add 0.1 moles of acetic acid to a litre of water, I get a 0.1M acetic acid solution.
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