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Unformatted text preview: he equilibrium constant for dissociation of an acid is:
+ - [H ] [A ]
Ka = , with concentrations given in M.
- We are given that the total concentration of the acid is 8.4 mM = 0.0084 M = [HA] + [A ]
Hence, if we set [A ] as X, Ka =
0.0084 M - X
+ + Since we are given the pH, and pH is defined as - log [H ], we can calculate [H ], as follows:
+ [H ] = 10-3.15 = 7.079 x 10-4 M
+ - - Furthermore, [H ] = [A ] and we set [A ] = X, thus
[7.079 x 10-4 M] [7.079 x 10-4 M]
Ka = -3 -4 = 6.52 x 10-5 M 8.4 x 10 M — 7.079 x 10 M Finally, the definition of pKa is - log Ka, hence this organic acid has a pKa = 4.18 Benzoic acid has a pKa = 4.18 Question 3. Citric acid (see right) is often used
as a biological buffer for several reasons. As
thoroughly as possible, answer each of the
following queries about citrate below.
(a) Citric acid and its salts are very soluble in water. For example, at 20˚ C, 100 ml of water will
dissolve 146 g of citric acid. Why is citrate such a water-soluble molecule?
Citrate is a very polar molecule. It has three potential charged groups (three -COO-) that will
become hydrated by shells of water molecules, and it also has a hydroxyl group (-OH), which
can form H-bonds with water molecules. For these reasons, citrate will be very well solvated in
water and, hence, is highly soluble in aqueous solution.
(b) Citrate is a symmetrical molecule with three chemically identical ionizable groups; yet, those
ionizable groups have distinct pKa values (pK1 = 3.1, pK2 = 4.8, a...
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