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### Course: AP®︎/College Chemistry > Unit 13

Lesson 2: Titrations- Acid–base titrations
- Worked example: Determining solute concentration by acid–base titration
- Titration of a strong acid with a strong base
- Titration of a strong acid with a strong base (continued)
- Titration of a weak acid with a strong base
- Titration of a weak acid with a strong base (continued)
- Titration of a weak base with a strong acid
- Titration of a weak base with a strong acid (continued)
- 2015 AP Chemistry free response 3b
- 2015 AP Chemistry free response 3c
- 2015 AP Chemistry free response 3d
- 2015 AP Chemistry free response 3e
- 2015 AP Chemistry free response 3f
- Titration curves and acid-base indicators
- Redox titrations

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# Titration of a weak base with a strong acid

In a weak base-strong acid titration, the acid and base will react to form an acidic solution. A conjugate acid will be produced during the titration, which then reacts with water to form hydronium ions. This results in a solution with a pH lower than 7. An example of this is the titration of hydrochloric acid (strong acid) into ammonia (weak base), which forms the conjugate acid ammonium and produces an acidic solution. Created by Jay.

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- How do we know in the beginning when doing the ICE procedure whether to use the molarity or the moles??(13 votes)
- It is always okay to use either molarity or moles in an ICE table. The only catch is that if you use molarity, you must use concentrations based on the entire mixed volume, not necessarily just the concentration of the solution that was added. For example, if you mixed 100 mL (=0.100 L) of 2.0 M CH3COOH and 100 mL (=0.100 L) of 1.0 M NaOH, then you could:

(1) calculate moles and use them in your ICE table, so you'd have 0.20 mol CH3COOH and 0.10 mol NaOH as your initial values OR

(2) use molarity in your ICE table, but you'd first need to calculate the concentration of the mixture. So, the [CH3COOH]=(2.0 M)(0.100 L)/(0.100 L + 0.100 L)=1.0 M and [NaOH]=(1.0 M)(0.100 L)/(0.100 L + 0.100 L)=0.05 M(11 votes)

- at11:46will the log[A+]/[HA] always be 0 for half equivalence?(11 votes)
- Strong acid - strong base reactions do not have half-equivalence points nor do they have buffer regions.(2 votes)

- At5:49, it's said that HCl is the same thing as H30+, how so?(6 votes)
- HCl is a strong acid, and therefore dissociates completely in an aqueous environment. In other words, all the H+ and Cl- break apart. H+ is like H3O+, because it is pretty much that hydrogen ion attached to a water molecule.(17 votes)

- hi, i was just wondering the initial question: what is the pH of the solution prior to adding the base, we didn't need to find the m of NH3. We just substituted the 0.100M into the ICE equation. However in the second part where acid is added we needed to find the m of HCL. I am not really clear as to why we did it for one but not the other....? Thanks(3 votes)
- At the beginning, all you had was NH₃, so you didn't have to consider the HCl.

After you added some HCl, it reacted with some of the NH₃. You had to calculate how much NH₃ was removed in order to get the pH of the remaining NH₃.(8 votes)

- In question (b) where we are concerned with NH4+ and NH3 doesn't finding the pOH seem more logical as opposed to finding the pH? We have a cation and the Henderson Hasselbach equation used in the video is that for anionic hydrolysis right?(5 votes)
- You can use either, both should give you the correct answer.(3 votes)

- At13:21when Jay took the -log of Ka why did he round to 3 sig fig? I got 9.3 would this make my answer wrong?(2 votes)
- The digits of pH that are before the decimal point are orders of magnitude (constant), so there are only two sig figs present after the decimal point. Only the units after the decimal point count for sig figs. ex: pH=9.25 9=order of magnitude .25=2 sig figs.(2 votes)

- At6:59Sal mentions how the reaction goes to completion. Since ammonia is a weak base, shouldn't this reaction be an equilibrium reaction that has the double arrow?(1 vote)
- Take a look at both the reactants and the products.

Ammonia is a stronger base than water as it can accept a proton a bit more easier. Therefore ammonium ion is a weaker conjugate acid than hydronium ion. Strong acids/bases always react with weak base/acids till completion.

The reaction favors the side that produces the weaker conjugate acid/base as it is both thermodynamically and kinetically stable

Therefore the HCl pushes the reaction to completion.

This implies that an equilibrium arrow cannot be used as the reaction is pushed to completion.(3 votes)

- Can the sum of pH and pOH exceed 14?

Thanks :D(1 vote)- The generally taught/simple answer is no, the sum of pH and pOH is always 14. This is likely all that you will be tested on at anything below an upper level university chemistry class. However, the REAL answer is that temperature does alter the sum of (pH+pOH). At 25 C the sum of pH and pOH is roughly equal to 14.00, however as the temperature deviates (either up or down) the relationship changes. Think of it as a reaction equilibrium, as that is exactly what it is. If you increase the temperature, you can drive a reaction towards whichever side of the reaction repents a decrease in thermal energy. Here is a table for the pKw of water for reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-ionization_of_water.(5 votes)

- for part b (neutralization rxn) why did we do NH3 + H3O+ --> NH4+ + H20

and not

NH3 + HCl --> NH4+ + OH-(2 votes) - If x represents molarity rather than number of moles, why did we have to divide the number of moles by the volume to get the molarity in part b?(1 vote)
- Part a of the problem used an ICE table to solve for the hydroxide concentration and get the pH. ICE tables use molarity as their entries hence 'x' represents a molarity here. Here an ICE table is needed because we only have ammonia in solution which is a weak base.

Part b now includes the addition of a strong acid to neutralize the base. Here we don't use an ICE and instead need to know how many moles of base were neutralized by the additional acid. But once you have done that you realize you have an amount of the original base plus its conjugate acid which is a buffer solution. A buffer solution's pH can be solved using the Henderson–Hasselbalch equation which requires the molarity of both the base and conjugate acid hence the need to turn moles of each into molarity by dividing by the total volume. Hope that helps.(2 votes)

## Video transcript

- [Voiceover] This time let's
look at the titration curve for the titration of a weak
base with a strong acid. So, let's say we're
starting with 40 milliliters of a point one solution of ammonia. And to our ammonia, we're
gonna add a strong acid. We're gonna add some HCl. In Part A, they want us
to find the pH before we've added any acid. So, we have ammonia present. So, let's go ahead and
write NH three right here. We have a solution of ammonia, so we write water here. Since ammonia is a base,
ammonia's gonna take a proton from H two O. And if you add an H plus to NH three, you get NH four plus. So, we're gonna make some ammonium here. And if you take away NH plus from H two O, you get OH minus or hydroxide. Our initial concentration
of ammonia point one molar, so right here we write initial
concentration of ammonia. And that's point one molar. And this is a weak base
equilibrium problem, so we're going to assume an
initial concentration of zero for our products here. Next, we think about the change. So, we're going to lose a
concentration of ammonia, so a certain concentration
of ammonia is going to react, and we call that concentration X. And since that concentration of ammonia, NH three turns into NH four plus, whatever we lose for ammonia,
we gain for ammonium. So, we write a plus X over here. So, we're going to gain a
concentration of ammonium, and we would gain the same
concentration of hydroxide. So, at equilibrium, our
concentration of ammonia is gonna be point one minus X. For ammonium, it would be X. And for hydroxide, it would also be X. Next, let's write our
equilibrium expression. Since this is a base, we would write Kb. And we have the concentration
of products over reactants. So, for our products, we
would have the concentration ammonium, so that's X
times the concentration of hydroxide, which is also X over the concentration of ammonia, which is point one minus X. So make sure you've seen the video on weak base equilibrium before
watching this one here. All right, next, we know
that the Kb for ammonia... Let's say they gave it to us. And it's one point eight times 10 to the negative five. So, that's equal to X times X, which is X squared over point one minus X. So, here's where we assume
that this concentration is really small compared to point one. Therefore, point one minus
X is approximately the same as point one, and this just
makes the math a lot easier. So, now we have to solve for X, so let's get a little bit more room here and take out the calculator. We have one point eight times 10 to the negative five. We need to multiply that by point one and then take the square root of that. So, we take the square root
of our answer, and we get X is equal to point zero zero one three. So X is equal to point zero zero one three. Now if we go back up
here, we can see that X represents the concentration
of hydroxide ions at equilibrium. So, let me go ahead and write that here. This is equal to the
concentration of hydroxide ions. That's point zero zero one three molar. If we have the concentration
of hydroxide ions, we can find the pOH. Because the pOH is equal
to the negative log of the concentration of hydroxide. So, the pOH is equal to the negative log of point zero zero one three. And let's get out the
calculator and do that. Negative log of point zero zero one three is equal to two point eight nine. So, the pOH is equal to two point eight nine. And our question wanted us to find the pH. So remember pH plus the pOH is equal to 14. So, I could take the pOH
and plug it into here and solve for the pH. The pH will be equal to 14 minus two point eight nine, which is equal to 11 point one one. So, we've found our pH, before we add any of our acid. It's eleven point one one. So on the titration curve,
I can see down here. This would be zero point zero
milliliters of our acid added. And that's where we are. And the pH should be eleven point one one. So, somewhere right about here. So, I'm saying that's a pH of 11 point one one. For part B of our question, what is the pH after the addition of
20 milliliters of our point one molar solution of HCl? So the concentration of HCl is equal to point one molar. And we know molarity is moles over liters, so that's moles over liters. We're adding twenty milliliters. So, if you take twenty milliliters and move your decimal
place one, two, three, that's point zero two liters. So, we're adding point
zero two liters here. And so we solve for moles. Point one times point zero two is equal to zero point zero zero two. So, that's how many moles of HCl we are adding. So HCl, we can think about this as H plus and Cl minus. Or you can think about
adding your proton to water. H plus and H two O give you H three O plus. So, you could consider this
to be the number of moles of H three O plus that we're adding. Next, what's the concentration of ammonia that we started with? So, the concentration is point one molar. So, the concentration
of ammonia is equal to zero point one molar. And we want to find moles of ammonia. What's the volume of ammonia? Well, 40 milliliters
would be one, two, three, point zero four liters. So, we have point zero four liters here. And we solve for moles. So that's point one times point zero four. And point one times point
zero four is equal to point zero zero four. So, that's how many moles of ammonia that we have. All right, next, let's
think about what happens to the ammonia when we add the HCl. So, the acid that's
present is going to react with the base that's present. So, let's go ahead and
write what would happen. The ammonia, NH three is going to react with the H three O plus that is present. So, this reaction goes to completion here. And let's think about what would happen. This is a base, and this is an acid. So we're going to protonate NH three to form NH four plus. So, we add a proton onto NH three to form NH four plus. And we take a proton
away from H three O plus, so we get H two O. So, we have H two O over here, all right. Next, let's look at what
we're starting with. So, this is our neutralization reaction, so let me go ahead and write that. This is the neutralization... Reaction. We're adding point zero zero two moles of our acid here. Point zero zero two,
let's put that right here. We're adding point zero
zero two moles of acid. And we're starting with
point zero zero four moles of our base. So, point zero zero
four moles of our base. So, all of our acid's going to react. We're going to lose... We're going to lose all
of the acid that we added. It all reacts, so we're
left with nothing here. We're gonna lose the same
concentration of our base. So, the acid is going to react
with that much of our base. So, we're going to lose point
zero zero two moles of base. So, we're left with point zero zero four minus point zero zero
two, which is equal to point zero zero two. So, half of the base has
reacted with the acid, and half of the base is left over. So, this is how many moles of ammonia we have left over after the acid has reacted. If we're losing this
many moles of ammonia, since our ammonia turns into NH four plus, if we started with zero for NH four plus, that's how much of ammonium
we are gaining here. So, we're gaining point zero zero two moles of NH four plus. And so we're going to end up with point zero zero two moles of ammonium, NH four plus. So, we have moles of ammonia, and we have moles of ammonium. And next we need to think
about the concentration of ammonia and ammonium that's present. So, if we're thinking about concentration, we need to know volume. So, let's go back up
to here, and let's see what the total volume is. Now, we start off with 40
milliliters of our ammonia, and we've added 20
milliliters of our acid. So, 40 milliliters is
what we started with. We added 20 milliliters. So, our total volume is now 60 milliliters or point zero six liters. All right, so this is 60 milliliters. We move our decimal place one, two, three, and that's point zero six liters. So, now we have liters and we have moles, so let's find the concentration. So, let's start with the
concentration of ammonia. So, the concentration of ammonia is equal to moles over liters. We have point zero zero
two moles of ammonia, so point zero zero two moles of ammonia. We divide that by our volume, right. Our total volume is now 60 milliliters or point zero six liters. And so we can find our concentration. So, we can go ahead and do that here. Point zero zero two divided by point zero six is equal to point zero three three three. So we get, this is equal to point zero three three three. This is a concentration, so this is molar. Next we do the same thing for ammonium. So, what's the concentration
of ammonium, here? Well, we had the same
number of moles, right? That's point zero zero two moles of ammonium. And the volume's the same,
point zero six liters. And so therefore, it's
the same calculation. We get the same concentration
of ammonium ions in solution, point zero
three three three molar. So, now we have equal concentrations of a conjugate acid base pair. NH four plus and NH three is a conjugate acid base pair. So, we have a buffer solution. So, now we have a buffer solution. So, our goal is to find the pH, and since we have a buffer
solution, the easiest way to do that is to use the
Henderson-Hasselbalch equation. So we go ahead and write out the Henderson-Hasselbalch equation, which is the pH is equal to the pka plus the log of the
concentration of A minus the conjugate base over HA. All right, so, let's think
about what the pka is. How could we find the pka? Well, we know the Kb for ammonia. We know the Kb for ammonia. And we know that Ka times Kb is equal to one point zero times ten to the negative 14. So, if we plug in the Kb, one point eight times 10 to the negative five. This is equal to one point zero times ten to the negative 14. We can solve for the Ka. And to save time, I won't
show this on the calculator. I'll just go ahead and
write the Ka is equal to five point six times
10 to the negative 10. So if you remember this
from an earlier video, if you multiply, for a
conjugate acid base pair, if you multiply Ka times Kb, you get this. And now we've just solved for the Ka is five point six times
10 to the negative 10. This is for NH four plus. So, next we can find the pka, because the pka is the
negative log of the Ka. So, the negative log of five point six times 10 to the negative 10. So, let's get out the
calculator and do that. Negative log of five point six times 10 to the negative 10 gives us a pka of nine point two five. So, the pka is equal to pka is equal to nine point two five. So we plug that in to our
Henderson-Hasselbalch equation. So, now we have the pH is equal to nine point two five plus the log of the concentration of A minus. A minus is your conjugate base. So, that's what we're talking
about up here for ammonia. That's point zero three three three. So, this is equal to point
zero three three three. And that's over the concentration of your acid, which is NH four plus, which is also equal to point
zero three three three. So, that's equal to point
zero three three three. All right, so this is on the
right, all of this is equal to the log of one. And the log of one is equal to zero. All right, log of one is equal to zero, so therefore, your pH
is equal to your pka, which is equal to nine point two five. So, the pH is equal to
nine point two five, since all of this is equal to zero. So, now we can find our
point on our titration curve. All right, we've added
20 milliliters of base. Acid, I should say. Let's go back up here and
look at our titration curve. We've added 20 milliliters of our acid, so right down here, 20 milliliters of our acid. Let's find this point
on our titration curve. So, right there. And we calculated the pH
should be nine point two five. So, if I go over here, the pH should be equal to nine point two five. So, we're still before
the equivalence point.