Problem: Which of the following could be added to a solution of acetic acid to prepare a buffer?Select one:a. sodium hydroxide onlyb. hydrofluoric acid or nitric acidc. sodium acetate onlyd. sodium acetate or sodium hydroxidee. nitric acid only

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Recall that a buffer can be composed of the following:

weak base and its conjugate acid
weak acid and its conjugate base
weak acid and a strong base 

▪ concentration of weak acid > concentration of strong base

weak base and a strong acid 

concentration of weak base > concentration of strong acid

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Which of the following could be added to a solution of acetic acid to prepare a buffer?

Select one:

a. sodium hydroxide only

b. hydrofluoric acid or nitric acid

c. sodium acetate only

d. sodium acetate or sodium hydroxide

e. nitric acid only

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