Problem: Calculate the pH of a solution that is 1.15×10−3 M in HCl and 1.20×10−2 M in HClO2.

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We’re being asked to calculate the pH of a solution that is 1.15×10−3 M in HCl and 1.20×10−2M in HClO2.


HClO2 is an oxyacid, and in order to be considered strong, there must be 2 or more oxygens than Hydrogens. 

HClO2 having only one more oxygen than hydrogen is not enough to make it a strong acid, therefore it a weak.



Remember that weak acids partially dissociate in water and that acids donate H+ to the base (water in this case): 


The dissociation of HClO2 is as follows.


HClO2(aq) + H2O(l)  H3O+(aq) + ClO2(aq) Ka = 1.1 × 10–2



HCl is a strong acid. It dissociates completely in aqueous solution with HClO2


                      HCl(aq)    →         H(aq)       +      Cl – (aq)

                After dissociation    (1.15 x 10-3)    (1.15 x 10-3)



That is why initially, we already have a [H3O+] concentration of 1.15 x 10-3 M. 


From this, we can construct an ICE table. Remember that liquids are ignored in the ICE table.



The Ka expression for HClO2 is:

Ka = productsreactants= [H3O+][ClO2-][HClO2]  Liquids are ignored in the Kexpression.

Note that each concentration is raised by the stoichiometric coefficient: [HClO2], [H3O+] and [ClO2] are raised to 1. We also have a common ion from the 1.15 x 10-3 M HCl which is [H3O+].


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Calculate the pH of a solution that is 1.15×10−3 M in HCl and 1.20×10−2 M in HClO2.

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