1. Define and give examples of Arrhenius acids and bases; classify a solution as neutral, acidic or basic, given the hydronium-ion or hydroxide-ion concentration.
2. Calculate the pH or pOH of a solution given the hydronium-ion or hydroxide-ion concentration.
3. Calculate the hydronium-ion or hydroxide-ion concentration given the pH or pOH.
Here is a brief overview (3+ minutes) of the Arrhenius definition of acids & bases:
This next video slows down to get into the math associated with pH and pOH:
Notice that he guides students through using their calculators to perform calculations with scientific notation -- I've included that in my lectures to students b/c they tend to enter "x 10" to a power versus using the EXP or EE buttons on the calculator, ending up with an answer higher by 1 power of 10 -- help your students avoid this!
Here are a few worksheets practicing pH/pOH problems:
I will be relating pH/pOH to Ka and Kb in my next post.
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Each lab is presented with two possible report formats -- both labs use the same procedure page but each has a different conclusion page -- one with 10 questions to be answered as a conclusion, the other with a full laboratory report required. This gives the teacher the option of what type of report is desired!
I have a few links listed under Teaching Resources that could be very useful -- if you haven't checked it out, the link is at the top of this page! I just added one that has several Powerpoint presentations that you might find useful.
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