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After completing this activity, students will be able to:

  • Recall basic calculations and definitions about acid-base chemistry.
    • Interpret the pH scale and use Kw to draw relationships between [H+] and [OH].
    • Write reactions represented by Ka and Kb for monoprotic acids.
    • Interpret the magnitudes of Ka and Kb.
    • Identify conjugate acid-base pairs.
    • Calculate the pH of strong acid, strong base, weak acid and weak base solutions
  • Determine when using the quadratic formula is necessary to determine the pH of a solution.
  • Find the fractions of association for weak acids and weak bases

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