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Inorganic chemistry subjects:


Equilibriums 1 : A tutorial about how [CO2], [HCO3-] and[CO32-] are calculated from Total Inorganic Carbon.
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Ionic Strength 1 : An introduction about Ionic Strength with a simple calculation using H+ as an example.
The pdf is here


pKa and Ka : An introduction to the concept of Ka and pKa values -their definition, how they are used and a simple example.
The pdf is here


NaHCO3 dissolved : An introduction to what happens to pH when NaHCO3 dissolves.This site included excel spreadsheets showing the calculations.
The pdf is here


Buffers : A short introduction to buffers.
The pdf is here

Answers to questions in the Help & Discussion section or blog:


A question about adding the effect on pH by adding hydrochloride acid (HCl) to an acetate buffer isanswered here.


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An explanation on how the concentration of sulfuric acid (H2SO4), HSO4- and sulfate (SO42-) is calculatedis found here.


Chemistry resources:

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Questions & Answers Question about acetate buffer and what happens when HCl is added to such a solutionDebra ask:How do I attack this problem?I want to compare the effect of adding 1mmol of HCL to 100 ml of 0.2M acetate buffer at two different starting pH's. (pKa of acetate buffer =4.7Initial pH = 4.7Initial pH = 5.7Thank youHi Debra,There is bo...

NaHCO3 dissolved in water - how is pH calculated?

NaHCO3 dissolved in water - how is pH calculated? Background about buffersA buffer is a solution that has the ability to keep pH within a certain and narrow range: even if an excessof hydrogen ions (H+) is applied to the solution. In other words:buffers resist changes in pH whenreasonable amount of either H+ or OH- is added to the buffer solution.Th...

Acids and bases - Broensted-Lowry definition

Acids and bases - Broensted-Lowry definition A more fundamental definition of acids and bases than the one provided on the index page was given by the Danish chemists Johannes Broensted. The definitions are:A Broensted acid is a proton doner.A Broensted base is a proton acceptor. The English chemist, Thomas Lowry, proposed exactly the same at roug...

Ions and compounds

Ions and compounds Atoms are made up of neutrons that are neutral and have no charge, protons with a positive charge andelectrons with a negative charge.An ion is an entity or a group of atoms with a positive or negative charge such as the positively charged hydrogen ion H+ and thenegatively charged nitrate ion NO3-. Negatively charged ions are also...