# Homework Help: PH of molecular salt

1. Feb 2, 2014

### Qube

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

Find the pH of 0.20 M Iron (III) sulfate.

2. Relevant equations

The metal ion becomes hydrated (water is a ligand) and forms iron hexahydrate.

The sulfate ion is a weak base.

3. The attempt at a solution

Now, in considering the pH of this solution, should I consider the below reaction even though it's small extent? This reaction consumes the acid, but the reaction extent is small!

$Fe(OH_{2})_{6}^{3+} + SO_{4}^{2-} \leftrightharpoons HOSO_{2}^{-} + Fe(OH_{2})_{5}(OH)^{2+}$

Or should I ignore that reaction and only consider the below reaction?

$Fe(OH_{2})_{6}^{3+} + H_{2}O \leftrightharpoons H_{3}O^{+} + Fe(OH_{2})_{5}(OH)^{2+}$

2. Feb 3, 2014

### Staff: Mentor

Question is slightly ambiguous.

When you dissolve Fe3+ some of it will precipitate as Fe(OH)3, substantially lowering solution pH (check Ksp). Question doesn't say whether 0.20 M was the initial concentration of the sulfate, or is the final concentration after the precipitation. Not that the difference will be large.

3. Feb 3, 2014

### Qube

Good idea. We haven't covered solubility products yet; that's the next chapter. I'll just ignore precipitation but that is a valid concern. The 0.2M is referring to initial concentration of sulfate.

However, is the first, small extent reaction worth considering?

4. Feb 3, 2014

### Staff: Mentor

I would ignore sulfate and concentrate on the Fe3+ behavior, as it is much stronger acid than the sulfate anion is a base.

Unfortunately, this is kind of a problem that is hard to answer without guessing what the teacher had on mind [PLAIN]http://www.bpp.com.pl/IMG/grumpy_borek.png. [Broken]

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