FORM SIX CHEMISTRY STUDY NOTES ACIDS AND BASE
FORM SIX CHEMISTRY STUDY NOTES ACIDS AND BASE
Arrhenius concept of acids and bases .
What is an acid? (according to Arrhenius concept of acids and bases)
Arrhenius considered that an acid is a substance which when dissolved in water dissociate to produce H+ ions as the only positively charged ions i.e.
-He considered a base to be a substance which produce hydroxyl ions when dissolved in water as the only negatively charge ions i.e
The neutralization of acid with a base yields to a salt and water.
According to Arrhenius, neutralization reaction is all about formation of water.
Weakness of Arrhenius equation
i) This concept is limited to water. It refers to H+ and OH– ions derived from water. A true general concept of acid and base should be appropriate to other solvent like liquid NH3 and alcohols.
ii) The concept does not provide the room for acids and bases which do not contain H+ ions and HO – ions.
Bronsted – Lowry concept of acids and bases
-Bronsted and Lowry proposed a theory of acids and bases applicable to all solvents.
– They proposed that, an acid is any substance that can donate a proton to any other substance.
– A base is a substance that can accept a proton from any other substance.
– They are called a monoprotic acid an acid which donates only one proton.
e.g. HNO3, HCl
– Diprotic acid can donate two protons.
-A polyprotic acid is an acid that can donate more than one proton.
E.g. H2SO4, H3PO3, H2C2O4
– A polyprotic base is one which can accept more than one proton.
– A monoprotic base is one which can accept only one proton.
NOTE: HCl and Cl– are acid-base conjugate pair. Another example is HNO3 and
Amphoteric (amphiprotic) acids and bases.
These behave as bronsted – Lowry acids or bases
Conjugate acid base pair
-For every acid, there is a corresponding (conjugate) base to accept a proton
(Proton donor) (Proton acceptor)
HA and A– are conjugate pair i.e.
HA is a conjugate acid of A– and A– is a conjugate base of HA.
®In a solution, there must be a base to accept a proton
Acid Base Acid Base
A1, B1, and A2, B2, are acid base conjugate.
From Bronsted–Lowry concept of acid and bases, the stronger the acid, the weaker it’s conjugate base and the stronger the base, the weaker its conjugate acid.
-CH3COOH is a weak acid, but its conjugate base i.e. is a strong base.
– H2O is a weak base, but is strong acid.
Advantage of Bronsted–Lowry concept over Arrhenius
® It can apply to any solvent not necessarily. Here the definition of bases is much wider.
Since the concept is based on proton transfer, it does not consider other compounds which do not contain hydrogen i.e AlCl3, BF3, SO3.
In contrast to Arrhenius theory, acid and bases are no longer related to salts (by neutralization).
i) Conjugate acid-bases pair.
ii) Conjugate base.
B. For the following pairs, write down the equation to show the conjugate acid-bases pair.
a. Write the formula and give the name of the conjugate base for each of the following acids.
b. Write the name and formula of the conjugate acids for each of the following bases.
ii) Br –
In each of the following acidbase reaction. Identify the acid and the base on the left and their conjugate partners on the right.
Acid Base Acid Base
HCN, CN– is a conjugate pair and NH3, NH4+ is a conjugate pair
b)HSO–4, SO4-2, is a conjugate pair
Acid Base Base Acid
[Al(H2O] 3+, [Al(H2O) 5 OH] 2+ is a conjugate pair.
OH– and O is a conjugate pair.
Q: Conjugate acid-base pair is a pair which shows that for every proton lost by acid, there is a corresponding base to accept it.
a) Conjugate base.
LEWIS CONCEPT OF ACIDS AND BASES.
– Lewis proposed an even broader concept of acids and bases focusing on electron transfer rather than total transfer.
– According to Lewis an acid is a substance that can accept a pair of electrons. Therefore, an acid is an electron pair acceptor.
– A base is a substance that can donate a pair of electrons i.e base is an electrons pair donor.
Bronsted–Lowry acids e.g. HCl, H2SO4, HNO3, are not Lewis acid.
Thus, an acid-base reaction can occur when a base provide a pair of electrons to share with an acid resulting into coordinate compound or complex.
Therefore, ammonia chloride ions (AlCl3) are Lewis base, while H+, BF3 are Lewis acids.
NOTE: A Bronsted–Lowry base (like NH3) reacts by donating electron pair to a proton. Therefore Bronsted–Lowry bases are also Lewis bases
This is because upon donating a pair of electron, it would have accepted a proton. Therefore, Bronsted – Lowry bases are also Lewis bases.
i . F– fluoride ionSO2-
ii. Sulphate ion
iii. NH+4 ammonium ion
iv. HBr Hydrogen bromid
v. H2S Hydrogen sulphide.
These cannot accept a lone pair of electrons hence the Lewis concept of acid is usually used in special cases.
IONIC EQUILIBRIUM OF ACIDS AND BASES.
Most acids and bases are weak i.e does not ionize fully when dissolve in water. Thus a part from water equilibrium, they also establish equilibrium.
Ammonia which is a typical weak base ionizes as follows:
But the ionization of weak acid/ bases generally occurs to a greater extent than that of water.
STRENGTH OF WEAK ACIDS AND BASES.
The position of equilibrium of a reaction between the acid and water varies from one weak acid to another. The further to the left it lies, the weaker the acid is
The equilibrium constant is written as;
But H20 is constant at constant temperature.
Putting the constant on the same side
Where Ka = dissociation/ ionization constant of an acid.
Similarly for weak base, the position of equilibrium varies from base to base. The further to the left it lies, the weaker the base is
Where Kb = dissociation/ ionization constant of a base.
The Ka and Kb values are used to determine the strength of acids and bases i.e Ka and Kb values are quite small for a very weak acid/ base reflecting very title ionization of these acids/ base in solution.
The Kb value for C6H5NH2 is 4.17 x 10-10 ,NH3 is 1.78 x 10-5 Indicate which base is stronger than the other.
NH3 is stronger than C6H5NH2
The Kb value for C6H5NH2 is smaller than C6H5NH2NH3
The strength of weak acids and bases can also be determined from its degree of dissociation (Ostwald’s dilution law)
Since Ka and Kb values are inconvenient to handle usually pKa and pKb are used.
The lower the value for the stronger the acid base respectively and vice versa
THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN pka AND pkθ FOR A CONJUGATE ACID–BASE PAIR.
Consider the equilibrium.
The product of Ka and Kb gives.
Formic acid (HCOOH) has a Ka of 1.78 x 10-14 moles. Calculate the [H3O+] and the pH of 0.1M. Solution of HCOOH.
Since Ka value is small, the expression
The approximation is done when [HA]O is greater than 100 Ka
But if initial concentration [HA]O is less than 100 Ka, then the exact expression formed must be solved.
Calculate [H3O+] and pH in which has Ka value of moles/ dm3.
Question set 1:
Formic acid (HCOOH) has Ka of (HCOOH) 1.8 x 10-14 moles dm3. If you have0.001 m a solution of the acids. What is the pH of this solution, what is the concentration of HCOOH at equilibrium?
2. If the acid HA is 2% ionized in solution of concentration 0.01m, calculate
3.Calculate the degree of ionization is 9.37 in a 0.1M aqueous solution
4. Calculate pH of a 0.052m acetic acid solution if Ka is
5. For a 0.1M solution of benzoic acid, calculate.
i) Concentration of ions and molecules in solution
ii) The degree of ionization of the acid.
iii) pH of the solution
6). A hypothetical weak base (MOH) has Kb of for the reaction.
Calculate the equilibrium Concentration of MOH, M+ and OH– in a solution MOH.
The weak base methylamine has Kb of 5 x 10– 4 .It reacts with water according to the equation.
Calculate the equilibrium concentration of OH– in a solution of base. What are the of the solution?
Hydroxyl amine has a Kb of What are the of the base ?
A 0.1m solution of chloroacetic acid (ClCH2COOH) has a of 1.95. Calculate Ka for the acid.
FORM SIX CHEMISTRY STUDY NOTES ACIDS AND BASE
IONIC PRODUCT OF WATER AND PH.
– Water auto–ionizes i.e transfers a proton from one water molecule to another producing H3O and OH–
But the concentration of H2O is much larger than the two ions and is constant at constant temperature. Since the concentration of is constant it is made part of the constant.
Where = ionic product of water constant.
In pure water, Kw = 1 x 10-14 at 25°c. Since every one H3O+ ion formed also one OH– ion is formed, thus the concentrations are equal.
Since the concentrations are equal, this implies that pure water is neutral.
– Is a scale which shows degree of acidity or alkalinity of a solution:
I.e pH of 7 is neutral point.
Is the negative logarithm of base 10 hydrogen ion.
Is the negative logarithm of base 10 of hydroxyl ion concentration.
For pure water
= 7 pOH= 7
In acidic solution, the concentration of H3O+ is greater than [0H –].
In basic solution, the concentration of
, Introducing negative log on both sides
Variation of of pure water with temperature.
The formation of H3O+ and OH– ions from water is an endothermic process i.e the forward reaction absorbs heat.
-According to Le Chatelier`s principle, when you increase the temp, the forward reaction is favoured, thus concentration of H3O+ and OH– ions will increase but in equal amounts. Thus, the pH will drop but the water will not be acidic the pH scale will also change. It won`t remain as 1 to 14 and the neutral point will also shift. The direct effect on increasing temperature is to increase Kw.
The table below shows the effect of temperature on Kw and each value of Kw a new pH must be calculated.
From the table, pH of water fall as temperature increases. This does not mean that water becomes more acidic at higher temperature. This solution is only acidic, If the concentration of is great than
1. The value of Kw at physiological temperature of a body is . What is the pH at neutral point of water at this temperature.
2. At , is 15. Find at O°c, if the [H+] is
STRONG ACIDS AND BASES.
When an acid is added to water as an aqueous solution of HCl in addition to self ionization of water, the acid also ionizes.
Due to common ion effect of hydroxonium ion as HCl is fully ionized, it suppresses the ionization of water hence and [O ion from water will be less than
It is generally acceptable to consider the ionization of HCl to be the sole source of hydroxonium ions. This is also applicable in strong bases for OH– ions.
If 0.001m of NaOH is added to enough amount of 1L of water, what is the concentration of OH – and H3O+ ions?
Calculate the concentration of, and in a 100 cm3 sample of 0.015 m
HCl is the main source of H3O+
NOTE: Molar concentrations are independent of solution volume i.e [H3O+] in 0.015M HCl is the same whether we are describing 1L, 10L or 100cm3 thus the volume of acid is not involved in this calculation.
e.g. Calculate the , and in 50 cm3 of
0.01M 0.01M 2 X 0.01=0.02M
This is the reaction between H3O+ from an acid and OH – ions from a base to form water. Therefore when solutions of acids and bases are mixed together, the chemical reaction must occur in which and combine to form water.
This reaction occur in order to maintain the required value of equilibrium constant Kw. The final solution can be acidic basic or neutral depending on the and after neutralization reaction.
What is the [H3O+] obtained by mixing 100cm3 of 0.015m HCl and 50cm3 of 0.01m Ba(OH)2 solution, Is the final solution acidic or basic?
1) What is the pH of a solution obtained by dissolving 312 cm3 of HCl, measured at 30°c at 340mmHg in 3.25lL of water?
2) Calculate the pH of neutralization point when 40cm3 of 0.1m NaOH is mixed with 60cm3 of 0.1m HCl.
3) Calculate the pH of the solution obtained when.
a) 1cm3 of 0.1m NaOH is added to 100cm3 of 0.001m HCl
b) 1cm3 of 0.1m NaOH is added to 100cm3 of 0.1m HCl
A buffer solution is a solution which maintains its pH when small amount of an acid or alkali is added to it.
Is the one that resist a change in pH when small amount of acid or alkali is added to the solution.
A buffer solution usually consists of a weak acid and one of its salt or a weak base and one of its salts.
Types of buffer solutions.
i) Acidic buffer solution.
This is the buffer solution which keeps the pH below 7.
They are formed by mixing a weak acid and its salt (of a strong base)
How does the buffer system work?
Since the salts is strong, it dissociates completely into increases the concentration of shifting the equilibrium to the left hand side suppressing the dissociation of acetic acid due to common ion effect. Hence is equal to the salt concentration and due to the common ion effect becomes equal to the initial concentration of the acid.
Therefore the solution will contain these important species.
i)A lot of unionized acid
ii) A lot of acetate ions from
iii) Enough to make the solution acidic.
When little H+ are added, the following reaction occurs.
® The acetate ions concentration from the salt are large enough to consume the added hydrogen ions therefore there will be no accumulation of H+ in the solution.
® If OH– are added the following reaction occur ;
This decrease in the solution, shifting the equilibrium to the right hand side to replace used to neutralize added. Therefore no accumulation of in the solution.
NOTE: Addition of to acidic buffer increases the acid concentration, but decreases the salt concentration by the same amount of added.
Addition of to acidic buffer decreases the acid concentration but increases the i.e salt by the same amount of added.
According to Henderson Hesselbach
1. buffer solution containing 1M of acid has a of 4.742.
a) Determine the salt concentration in buffer given
b) To 1 dm3 of a buffer, is added. Calculate the of the resulting buffer solution.
c) Calculate the when are added to 1dm-3 of the buffer.
d) Calculate the of the solution when are added to 1dm3 of water sample.
e) Calculate the of the solution when are added to 1dm3 of water sample.
a) From Henderson Hesselbach equation.