We are being asked to calculate the Ka of a weak acid if 0.060 M solution of the weak acid has a pH of 5.12.
We're going to represent the weak acid as HA. Since we’re dealing with a weak acid and Ka is an equilibrium expression, we will have to create an ICE chart to determine the equilibrium concentration of each species:
• HA → weak acid → proton donor
• H2O → will act as the weak base → proton acceptor
Equilibrium reaction: HA(aq) + H2O(l) ⇌ A-(aq) + H3O+(aq)
A 0.060 M solution of an acid has a pH of 5.12. Calculate the Ka of the acid.
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