Problem: Which compound is more soluble in an acidic solution than in a neutral solution?a. AgClb. HgBr2 c. BaCO3d. PbI2

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We’re being asked to determine the compound that is more soluble in acidic solution than in basic solution.


For an ionic compound to be more soluble in acidic solution, it must contain a basic ion or be a basic salt.



The acidic ions are usually cations and include:

1. Transition metals with a charge of +2 or higher. Transition metals not satisfying this condition are neutral.

2. Main group metals with a charge of +3 or higher. Main group metals not satisfying this condition are neutral.

3. Amines, which are compounds that contain only N and H (i.e. NH­3) or C, N, and H (i.e. CH3NH2)


To determine if an anion is a basic ion, we should add H+ to it. 

If the addition of H+ leads to:

1. a weak acid, the anion is basic.

2. a strong acid, the anion is neutral.


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Which compound is more soluble in an acidic solution than in a neutral solution?

a. AgCl

b. HgBr

c. BaCO3

d. PbI2

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