Acids and bases questions and answers

To solve the acids and bases questions and answer first we study acids and bases properties and concepts.

We have already considered the thermodynamic aspects of the release of a proton by a molecule in the gas phase.

The heat of the ionization of a proton is actually the proton affinity of the corresponding anion. Such proton affinity data are now available with a fair degree of accuracy to enable a good comparison of relative acid-strengths acids in the gas phase.

Acids and bases posses in the sense of some opposite properties, for example, acids turn blue litmus red and bases turn red litmus blue.

The acidity of oxoacids of phosphorus

The oxidation number of phosphorus in the oxoacids of phosphorus

Acid Oxidation number
Hypophosphorous acid
Phosphorus acid
Phosphoric acid

But with the increasing oxidation number acidic character also increases. Thus the acidic character of these acids should be in the order

H3PO4 < H3PO3 < H3PO2

Experimental observation suggested the reverse order

H3PO2 ≥ H3PO3〉H3PO4

The experimental order explained when we consider the structures of this phosphorus acids

Phosphoric acid or phosphorous acid
Phosphoric acid or phosphorous acid

The structure of H3PO2  suggested that it is a monobasic acid. Because the proton attached to oxygen has a far greater chance of dissociation than any directly bonded hydrogen.

  1. Thus in H3PO2 involves one protonated oxygen and another unprotonated oxygen.
  2. But in H3PO3 has two protonated oxygens and one unprotonated oxygen thus it a dibasic acid.
  3. H3PO4 is tribasic, has three protonated oxygens and one unprotonated oxygen.

In this series, the number of unprotonated oxygen, which is responsible for the enhancement of acidity, is the same for all the three acids.

But dissociable protons increase from one in H3PO2 to three in H3PO4. Therefore the overall inductive effect of the unprotonated oxygen decreases from H3PO2 to H3PO4. Hence the acidity slightly falls off in the order

H3PO2 ≥ H3PO3〉H3PO4

Difference between bases and alkalis

Alkalis are the substances dissolved in water to produce bases but all the bases are not dissolved in water. Thus all the alkalies are bases but all the bases are not alkalies.

Na2O is an alkali and a base because it dissolved in water to produce NaOH.

Na2O + H2O ⇆ 2NaOH

NaOH, KOH and Ca(OH)2 dissolved in water to produce OH ion. Thus these hydroxides have properties of alkalies and bases.

NaOH ⇆ Na+ + OH

KOH ⇆ K+ + OH

Ca(OH)2 ⇆ Ca+2 + 2OH

But Al(OH)3, Fe(OH)3, Zn(OH)2, etc does not dissolve in water but reacts with acids to produce salt and water. Thus these are bases but not alkalis.

Acidic and basic oxides periodic table

Acidic oxides react with water to give respective oxoacids. Thus the higher the oxidation number and the higher the electronegativity the greater the central element will force to reaction with water to give the oxoacid.

Electronegativity increases left to right in the period of the periodic table, thus generally acidic character also increases left to right in the periodic table.

But electronegativity decreases top to bottom in the group of the periodic table, thus generally acidic character also decreases top to bottom in the periodic table.

Among Na2O, MgO, As2O3, and N2O5, nitrogen has the highest oxidation number and electronegativity. Thus the order of acidic nature of these oxides


How does the hydrogen ion concentration relate to pH?

Let the pH of a solution = 4.5 and the concentration of H+ ion = CH⁺.

From the definition of pH

P^{H}=-log\left ( C_{H^{+}} \right )=log\left ( \frac{1}{C_{H^{+}}} \right )

Thus – log(CH⁺) = 4.5
∴ CH⁺ = 10-4.5 = 3.16 × 10-5

When hydrogen and hydroxyl ion concentration and pH of a solution prepared by diluting 20 ml of 0.1M HCl.

CH⁺ = (20 × 0.1)/1000
= 0.002 = 2 × 10-3

COH⁻ = (1 × 10-14)/CH⁺
= (1 × 10⁻¹⁴)/(2 × 10-3)
= 0.5×10⁻¹¹

pH = – log(CH⁺) = – log (2 × 10-3)
∴ pH = 2.7

Define conjugate acid base pair

Conjugate acid of a species is the one that is obtained on the addition of a proton and the conjugate base of a species is one that is obtained on the release of a proton.

H2O + H2X HX-1 + H3O+
acid1 base2 base1 acid2

In the above reaction, HX acts as a base and its conjugate acid is H2X.

HX + H2O X-2 + H3O+
acid1 base2 base1 acid2

But in this acid-base neutralization, reaction HX is an acid thus its conjugated base is X-2.

In the same way, the conjugate acid of X-2 is HX but X-2 cannot have any conjugated base because there is no proton that can release.

Acids and bases questions set


Acid base questions set

Mono-positive iodine has a low positive charge and has a large size.
Thus it has low electronegativity and high polarizability and hard to oxidize.

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Iodine (+1) ion is a

The nickel (IV) has quite a high positive charge and small size compared to the nickel (II).
Hence electronegativity of nickel (IV) will be very high and polarisability will low.

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Quadrivalent nickel is a

The hydride ion has a negative charge and too large in size compared to the hydrogen atom.
Hence the electronegativity of hydride ion quite low and polarizability very high.

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Soft and hard acids and bases

H- ion is a

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SO3 is an acidic or basic oxide

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Why SiCl₄ function as Lewis acid?

In NH₃, the central N atom has lone pair of electrons This lone pair coordinate to empty orbital, is termed as a base according to Lewis.

The compounds with less than an octet for the central atom are Lewis acids. B in BF₃ contains six electrons in the central atom, and it is an acid.

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what happens when BF3 reacts with NH3?

These boron halides have pi-interaction between filled p- orbitals of the halogen and empty p-orbital of boron. The effectiveness of the pi-interaction falls off with the increasing size of halogens.

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Order of Lewis acidity of boron halides

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acidic order of the above oxides

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Phosphorus acid is a

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