Problem: weak acids

1. Jun 8, 2005

Aly

hi forum,
would nebody be able to help me solve this problem?

0.18mol of potassium cyanide (KCN) was dissolved in 1.00L of a solution in which the pH was held constant at 9.70 at a temperature of 298K.

the equilibrium concentration of CN- was 0.13M.

Calculate Ka for the weak acid HCN.

ne help would be greatly appreciated. :)

2. Jun 8, 2005

Staff: Mentor

Use Henderson-Hassebalch equation. It wont be difficult to calculate equilibrium concentrations of HCN and CN- - just enter them into HH and solve for pKa.

3. Jun 8, 2005

GCT

$$Kb= \frac{[OH-][HCN]}{[CN-]}$$