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**1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data**

State whether the following salts are acidic or basic in solution. Assume all salts given are soluble and 100% ionized in solution

a) KF

**3. The attempt at a solution**

I have one major question. How can you tell which ion is a spectator ion? because without knowing this both answers are true. The answer in the worksheet is basic. So what am I not understanding?

For example in a):

[tex] KF \rightarrow K^{+} + F^{-}[/tex]

[tex] K^{+} + H_{2}O \rightleftharpoons KOH + H^{+}[/tex](The solutions is acidic - Dissociation)

[tex]F^{-} + H_{2}O \rightleftharpoons HF + OH^{-}[/tex](The solution is basic - Hydrolysis)

If the answer is basic that would mean K

^{+}is a spectator ion ... WHY? and HOW do you know that? How do you figure it out?