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Nuetralization Reaction involving a weak acid and weak base

  1. Dec 2, 2004 #1
    CH3OOH (aq) + NH3 (aq) ‹———› NH4+ (aq) + CH3COO- (aq)

    Would the above reaction, involving acetic acid and ammonia qualify as a proper neurtalization reaction involving a weak acid and weak base? Or, would a reaction involving acetic acid and sodium bicarbonate be better?

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  3. Dec 2, 2004 #2


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    It depends on what you understand from "neutralization". If you mean pH=7 point for it, then ammonium acetate will almost just give pH=7 level. If you mean equimolar acid/base pair, then the second one will fit better.

    Ammonia is okay, but it is a gas and there is a probablity of improper neutralization.

    By the way, welcome to the forum.
  4. Dec 5, 2004 #3


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    Probably not. The salt formed through such a reaction will contribute to the pH, NH4 is a significant acid.
  5. Dec 5, 2004 #4
    The above could be treated as a buffer solution, right?
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