Problem: An amphoteric salt is one that contains an anion that can act as either an acid or a base in water. Baking soda, NaHCO3, is an example. By combining the ionization and hydrolysis reactions of the anion, we get the principle reaction that occurs when this salt is dissolved in water. 2 HCO3- → CO32- + H2CO3The pH for such a solution is (pka1+pka2)/2Calculate the pH of the NaHCO3 solution.

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We’re being asked to calculate the pH of the NaHCO3 solution

NaHCO3 will break up in the solution:

NaHCO3- → Na+ + HCO3- 

HCO3- is the conjugate base of carbonic acid. Carbonic acid is a diprotic acid, it can donate two protons (H+and it will have two equilibrium reactions

Ka1 = 4.3x10-7

1st equilibrium reaction:                H2CO3(aq) + H2O(l) → HCO3­-(aq) + H3O+(aq)

Ka2 = 5.6x10-11

2nd equilibrium reaction:               HCO3-(aq) + H2O(l) → CO32­-(aq)H3O+(aq)


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An amphoteric salt is one that contains an anion that can act as either an acid or a base in water. Baking soda, NaHCO3, is an example. By combining the ionization and hydrolysis reactions of the anion, we get the principle reaction that occurs when this salt is dissolved in water. 

2 HCO3- → CO32- + H2CO3

The pH for such a solution is (pka1+pka2)/2

Calculate the pH of the NaHCO3 solution.

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