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  • Unit I: Chemical Thermodynamics Unit II: Physical Equilibria Unit III: Chemical Equilibria
    1. Lecture 1: 1/7/2019 (Thermochemistry)
    2. Lecture 2: 1/9/2019 (Thermochemistry)
    3. Lecture 3: 1/11/2019
    4. Lecture 4: 1/14/2019 (Thermochemistry)
    5. Lecture 5: 1/14/2019 (Thermodynamics)
    6. No Lecture: 1/21/2019 (Martin Luther King Holiday)
    7. Lecture 7: 1/23/2019 (Thermodynamics)
    8. Lecture 8: 1/25/2019 (Thermodynamics)
    9. Lecture 9: 1/28/2019 (Thermodynamics)
    10. Lecture 10: 1/30/2019 (Thermodynamics)
    11. Lecture 11: 2/1/2019 (States of Matter)
    12. Lecture 12: 2/4/2019 (States of Matter)
    13. Exam 1 (Wednesday): 2/6/2019 (Lectures 1 - 12)
    1. Lecture 11: 2/4/2019 (States of Matter)
    2. Lecture 12: 2/6/2019 (States of Matter)
    3. Lecture 13: 2/8/2019 (States of Matter)
    4. Lecture 14: 2/11/2019 (States of Matter)
    5. Lecture 15: 2/13/2019 (States of Matter)
    6. Lecture 16: 2/15/2019 (States of Matter)
    7. No Lecture: 1/18/2019 (Presidents' Day)
    8. Lecture 17: 2/20/2019 (States of Matter)
    9. Exam 2 (Friday): 2/22/2019 (Lectures 11 - 17)
    1. Lecture 18: 2/25/2019 (States of Matter)
    2. Lecture 19: 2/27/2019 (States of Matter)
    3. Lecture 20: 3/1/2019 (Chemical Equilibria)
    4. Lecture 21: 3/4/2019 (Chemical Equilibria)
    5. Lecture 22: 3/6/2019 (Chemical Equilibria)
    6. Lecture 23: 3/8/2019 (Chemical Equilibria)
    7. Lecture 24: 3/11/2019 (Acids and Bases)
    8. Lecture 25: 3/13/2019 (Acids and Bases)
    9. Lecture 26: 3/15/2019 (pH Calculations, Common Ions, Buffers and Polyprotic Acids)
    10. Final Exam: 3/22/20 17 @ 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. (Friday)

    Lecture 1: 1/7/2019 (Thermochemistry)

    Energy is the capacity to supply heat or do work. Two ways to transfer energy: Heat (Originate from difference in temperatures (i.e., average kinetic energy of molecules)) and Work (moving an object against a resistance (e.g., expansion work of a gas)). Mechanical work: \(w=Fd\), Expansion (PV) Work: w=PΔV (under constant pressure). Energy is fluid (but not a real fluid) that can be converted where Kinetic energy can be interconverted with Potential Energy.

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    Assumed Knowledge

    Lecture 2: 1/9/2019 (Thermochemistry)

    Both Heat and Work are path functions (depends on the path taken from point A to B). Energy (internal) is a state function (depends on the difference from point A to B). Internal Energy, Heat, and work are connected via the First Law of Thermodynamics (which is the really the law of conservation of energy) \(\Delta U = q + w\). The universe can be cut up into either system or surrounding: (1) An open system is a system that freely exchanges energy and matter with its surroundings. (2) A closed system is a system that exchanges only energy with its surroundings, not matter. (3) An isolated system does not exchange energy or matter with its surroundings. Reactions can be exothermic (\(q_{sys} < 0\)) or endothermic (\(q_{sys} > 0\)). Also, Internal energy vs. External Energy. We introduce Heat Capacity (almost always positive). Internal Energy, Heat, and work are connected via the First Law of Thermodynamics (which is the really the law of conservation of energy). Many (most) real physical and chemistry reaction has an associated heats including: Heat of combustion (\(ΔH_{comb}\)), Heat of fusion (\(ΔH_{fus}\)), Heat of vaporization (\(ΔH_{vap}\)), Heat of solution (\(ΔH_{soln}\)).

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    Lecture 4: 1/14/2019 (Thermochemistry)

    Path vs. State variables. Physical and chemistry process (changes) have associated “heats”. Breaking a bond always require energy. Making a bond always gives energy. Hamburgers have a lot of energy (quantified by combustion). Heats of a process can be quantified via calorimetry – either constant volume or constant pressure (what is the difference between these?). Special situations that make problems “easier”: Isochoric, Adiabatic, Isothermal, Isobaric. Introduce the Enthalpy potential: \(\Delta H = \Delta U + P \Delta V\). Energy is the heat released or absorbed (at const. pressure) and is ONE of the “driving forces” behind a process (physical or chemical).

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    Lecture 5: 1/14/2019 (Thermodynamics)

    Enthalpy is a potential that is one driving force for pushing a reaction (chemical or physical). Since only differences of enthalpies matter, there is no absolute enthalpy values. There are differing kinds of enthalpies of physical change: (1) Vaporization and Condensation, (2) Freezing and Melting, (3) Deposition and Sublimation. Breaking intermolecular forces cost energy (whether covalent of not). Enthalpies are additive. Why? Can construct heating or cooling curves for a system (often with a phase change or two). Hess’s “law of obvious properties of a State Function” can be used to combine rxn eqn’s and rxn heats. And can use known rxn heats and combine to get rxn heats for other rxns.

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    No Lecture: 1/21/2019 (Martin Luther King Holiday)

    Lecture 7: 1/23/2019 (Thermodynamics)

    Definition of Standard States. Definition of Heat of Reaction. Hess’s "Law of Obvious properties of a State Function." Defined in terms of Enthalpy. Definition: (Standard) Heat of Formation. Mathematical Application of Hess’s Law: \[\Delta H˚_{rxn} = \sum n• \Delta H^°_f (products) – \sum n•\Delta H^°_f (reactants)\] Enthalpy can drive a reaction (chemical or physical) and so can entropy. Entropy works by a “desire” to be more probable. Not a desire to be more disordered. Gibbs “Free” energy combines both in one function: ΔG = ΔH - TΔS. Like Enthalpy, Entropy is extensive and a state variable. 

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    Lecture 8: 1/25/2019 (Thermodynamics)

    Macrostates: A configuration you can observed- not caring about distinguishability of components of the ensemble. Microstates: A configuration that addresses the distinguishability of components of the ensemble. Entropy can be defined in terms of the weight of microstates for a specific configuration: \(S = k_B \ln \Omega\). Entropy works by a “desire” to be more probable. Not a desire to be more random. Spontaneous reactions in isolated systems require entropy to increase.

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    Lecture 9: 1/28/2019 (Thermodynamics)

     Gibbs “Free” energy combines both in one function. Can backtrack entropy to the increase of available states. Then the drive for entropy is just the drive to be more probable: Higher mass species have higher entropy (PIB), Species with more atoms have higher entropy (#vibrations), and species with more flexibility have higher entropy (weaker spring constant in HO). Third Law of thermodynamics assigns a zero to entropy. Can do Hess-like problems to identify entropies of reaction.

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    Lecture 10: 1/30/2019 (Thermodynamics)

    We can reconfigure the 2nd law: \(ΔS_{\text{entire isolated system}}>0\) into \(ΔG_{sys} = ΔH_{sys} - TΔS_{sys} <0\). This is an applicable criterion for spontaneity under constant pressure and constant temperature: (1) Reactions can be enthalpically driven, (2) Reactions can be entropically driven, (3) Reactions can be both enthalpically and entropically driven (4) or neither. Reactions that are neither are not spontaneous. Increasing temperature, increased entropic contribution to Gibbs Energy. Spontaneous if |TΔS| < |ΔH| if enthalpically driven only. Spontaneous if TΔS > ΔH if entropically driven only.

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    Lecture 11: 2/1/2019 (States of Matter)

    Physical Phenomena are guided by thermodynamics too. There are four fundamental forces of Nature, but electrostatic is “the beast” for chemistry. Three common states of matter (to chemists). Properties of each state is directly a consequence of the intermolecular forces at play Solids are Resistant to deformation and condensed phase. Gases are Compressible, expandable and not-condensed phase. Liquids have Definite volume and indefinite shape and condensed phase and have Fluidity, Diffusion and Surface tension.

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    Lecture 12: 2/4/2019 (States of Matter)

    Intermolecular Forces dictate Bulk properties. Liquids have definite volume and indefinite shape and condensed phase. Other properties of liquids include: fluidity, diffusion, and surface Tension. Introduce the concept of a Potential Energy Surface (curve). Discussed four types of IMFs: (1) Permanent - Permanent Charge Distribution IMFs, (2) Permanent - Induced Charge Distribution IMFs, (3) Instantaneous - Induced Charge Distribution IMFs, and (4) Repulsive Forces. The potentials of these IMFs typically depend on both distance and orientation of the interacting molecules.

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    Exam 1 (Wednesday): 2/6/2019 (Lectures 1 - 12)

    Lecture 13: 2/4/2019 (States of Matter)

    Discussed four types of IMFs: (1) Permanent - Permanent Charge Distribution IMFs, (2) Permanent - Induced Charge Distribution IMFs, (3) Instantaneous - Induced Charge Distribution IMFs, and (4) Repulsive Forces. Potential is Typically depends on Distance and Orientation (except ion-ion). Introduced the “Squishy” factor, which is really polarizability for a moleules: \(\mu_{ind} = \alpha E\). The bigger the molecule, the larger the polarizability. The less bound the electrons in the molecule, the larger the polarizability (1) This is correlated with the number of electrons (2) This is correlated with charge (ions < neutral < anions). Why? Discussed the relative energies of these energies and which ones are applicable depends on the nature of the molecules.

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    Lecture 12: 2/6/2019 (States of Matter)

    More discussion of polarizability and what alters it: (1) size, (2) anisotropy (orientation), (3) effective charge on electrons, (4) number of electrons (related to effective charge). Properties of metals result from IMFs: (1) Conduction – sea of electron picture of bonding, (2) Malleability of metals, (3) High Melting points. Three Types of (crystalline) solids (so we are ignoring glasses and most polymers): (1) Ionic Solids (held by monopole-monopole forces), (2) Molecular Solids (held by higher order electrostatics and other IMFs, (3) Molecular Covalent (network) Solids (held by covalent bonding). Introduced lattices and unit cells (largely for ionic solids where we are packing balls). There are different types depending on size of ions. Discussed Vapor Pressure as result of equilibrium between condensed phase and gas phase. Equilibrium (dynamic vs. static, stable vs. unstable)

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    Lecture 13: 2/8/2019 (States of Matter)

    Dynamic Equilibria equations: solid- liquid, liquid-vapor, solid-vapor. (should include phase-phase equilbria too). These occurs when microscopic rates equal… so no macroscopic changes occur.Distribution of kinetic energies: Temperature -> Average kinetic energy; Probability of molecules having energy above threshold energy instead with temperatures, Evaporation is an endothermic process (require heat to overcome IMF). This is manifested in the boiling (and melting points):greater IMF -> more energy needed to escape and more energy needed to escape -> greater boiling point. Similar argument can be made for solid-liquid equilibria. Boiling point is when vapor pressure equation external pressure. Normal Boiling point is temperature under 1 atm of pressure. Triple point is where three phases exist. 

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    Lecture 14: 2/11/2019 (States of Matter)

    Pure Phase Transitions have different Phases in three different States: (1) A coexistence of two phases occurs in a line, (2) A coexistence of three phases occurs in a point (triple point), (3) Never see a coexistence of four phases. The curve for two phases in equilibrium is dictated by the Clapeyron equation: \(\dfrac{dP}{dT} = \dfrac{\Delta H}{T \Delta \bar{V}}\) The Clapeyron equations can be approximated to the Clausius-Clapyron Equation to address condense phase-Gas phase equilibria. The Clausius-Clapyron can be used for solid-gas equilibria (sublimation) or liquid-gas equilibria (vaporization). Critical point is another special point on diagram where the difference between liquid and gas is blurred. Lots of cool phenomena occur (e.g., increased solubility). Introduction to Solutions.

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    Lecture 15: 2/13/2019 (States of Matter)

    We continue our discussion about Solutions. There are different types depends on state of solute and state of solvent. There are different ways to characterize solubility: Molarity and Mole fractions are the most popular although you must be familiar with others. The solubility of the a substance depends on the nature of the solute and solvent; specifically on the nature of the IMFs at play: “Like dissolve like”. We can review thermodynamics of dissolving from a cycle perspective: Entropy ALWAYS favors Dissolving (\(ΔS_{solution} > 0\)), but Enthalpy does not ALWAYS favors Dissolving (\(ΔH_{solution} > 0\) or \(<0\) or \(=0\)). If \(ΔH_{solution} = 0\) then entropy is the only force to dissolve and this is called an ideal solution.. Similar (but not identical) to an ideal gas. Introduce concept of a lattice energy as a metric of IMF strength with higher IMF -> higher lattice energy. Lattice energy for ions can be rationalized in terms of Coulmbic equations (size and charge): Greater charge or smaller ion -> greater latter energy. Solvation (or Hydration) Energy: The energy of interactions between solute and solvent… Higher IMF -> greater Solvation energy (enthalpy).

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    Lecture 16: 2/15/2019 (States of Matter)

    We continue our discussion about Solutions.Solubility if driven my Gibbs Energy differences. This involves both Entropy and Enthalpy differences. Entropy always drive dissolving (ΔS > 0). Enthalpy does not ALWAYS favor dissolving (ΔHsolution > 0 or <0 or 0). Enthalpy contribution is a difference of two Enthalpies (Energies): (1) Lattice Enthalpy and (2) Solvation (hydration) enthalpy. Sometimes the Gibbs energy is minimized for inhomogeneous mixtures (not solutions): e.g. Micelles (normal and reverse), cell membranes (bilayers); this can be viewed within the adhesive/cohesive force arguments discussed previously.

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    No Lecture: 1/18/2019 (Presidents' Day)

    Lecture 17: 2/20/2019 (States of Matter)

    (AGAIN) Solubility if driven my Gibbs Energy differences. This involves both Entropy and Enthalpy differences. Lattice Enthalpy can be calculated via a thermodynamic cycle: Born-Haber Cycle. Colligative properties depend on the nature of the solvent and the amount of solute… but are ideal properties since the IMF between solute and solvent don’t matter. Vapor Pressure Lowering (using Mole Faction), Boiling Point Elevation (using Molailty), Melting Point Depression (using Molality), Osmotic Pressure (using Molarity). Raoult’s Law (ideal): Vapor pressure is proportional pure solvent vapor pressure via the mole fraction of solution. Deviations of Raoult’s Law result from the IMFs (Δsolution≠0): (1) Strong solvent-solute (vs. pure system) IMFs decreases vapor pressure and results in negative deviations and (2) Weak solvent-solute (vs. pure system) IMFs increases vapor pressure and results in positive deviations.

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    Exam 2 (Friday): 2/22/2019 (Lectures 11 - 17)

    All topics from Lecture 11 to Lecture 17 are fair game on the exam including the readings (unless noted as optional).

    Lecture 18: 2/25/2019 (States of Matter)

    Close out the Colligative properties discussion, which depend on the nature of the solvent and the amount of solute. These are ideal properties since the IMFs between solute and solvent don’t matter. We specifically discussed Boiling Point Elevation (using Molailty), Melting Point Depression (using Molality), Osmotic Pressure (using Molarity). 

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    Lecture 19: 2/27/2019 (States of Matter)

    Osmotic Pressure can be used to determine molecular weights, for desalination (reverse osmosis) and is critical for cell nutrient regulation (Hypertonic vs. Isotonic vs. Hypotonic). Volatile solutes modify Raoult’s law slightly (\(P_{total} = P_A + P_B = X_{A}P°_A + X_BP°_B\)). But non-ideality rear’s its head and you can have positive or negative deviations depending on relative IMFs involved. When the solution is non-ideal, Raoult's Law cannot be applied, but we can use Henry's Law (Henry’s Law: The amount of dissolved gas is proportional to its partial pressure in the gas phase): \(P_A = kP_A°\). Henry’s constant is related to the solubility of gas in solution (soda water and bends): Henry’s Law is a non-ideal result. Then things can real (via IMFs).. Introduce azeotropes (minimum or maximum boiling). Equations of state can be ideal or not ideal. We can deal with non-ideality by pretending the ideal EOS works, but we tweak it with effective concentrations or pressures - these are called activities and fugacities (discussed later).

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    Lecture 20: 3/1/2019 (Chemical Equilibria)

    Again, an equilibrium state is one that no change of the “macrostate” (observable) is observed. This does not mean the microstates are not constantly changing -> dynamics vs. static. The Law of Mass Action derived from a kinetic argument -> introduces an equilibrium constant. Interestingly, an equilibrium is constant (at a specific temperature – more later). Back to activities… why \(K_{eq}\) are often written in terms of concentrations, they really should be written in terms of activities (relative to a standard): Activities = concentrations when dilute. Activities can be bigger or less than concentrations when concentrated. A(Solvents) ≈ 1 (when dilute) and A(liquid) = A (Solid) = 1 (this is really nice). Law of Mass Action = Equilibrium Constants can be formulated in terms of activities (so in heterogeneous systems - >2 phases, things get easier). Why? The drive toward equilibrium is the same drive toward minimizing Gibbs energy. \(K_c\) and \(K_p\) are two “flavors” of equilibrium constants. For gases, they can be expressed as Kp=Kc(RT)Δng. Reaction Quotients (Q) dictate how non-equilibrium system -> equilibrium. Le Châtelier Principle: stress is applied to a system in dynamic eq., the eq. tends to adjust to relieve the stress

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    Lecture 21: 3/4/2019 (Chemical Equilibria)

    Readdressing how the van ’t Hoff factor contributes to colligative properties with an emphasis on vapor pressure lowering (implicit vs. explicit). (incorrectly) Think of Energy as reactant (endothermic) or product (exothermic): (1) For endothermic rxns, K increases with increase in T and (2) For exothermic rxns, K decreases with increase in T. A more correct interpretation is that how equilibria change with temperature depends on the sign of the applicable heat of reaction. Can express Equilibrium const. in terms of partial pressures or concentrations. When there is an increase in pressure, the equilibrium will shift towards the side of the reaction with fewer moles of gas. When there is a decrease in pressure, the equilibrium will shift towards the side of the reaction with more moles of gas. When volume of container holding a gaseous system is reduced, the system acts to minimize its volume, as well. Equilibrium constant is a rule for equilibrium, but there are different ways to satisfy the Law of Mass Action

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    Lecture 22: 3/6/2019 (Chemical Equilibria)

    We did a recap on Le Chatelier in Action for changing pressure, volume, and temperature on a reactiom. Equilibrium constant is a rule for equilibrium, but there are different ways to satisfy the Law of Mass Action. Gave two examples of equilibrium points that satisfy the Law of Mass Action with different absolute concentrations, bu same relative. Introduced ICE table as a mechanism to describe which specific equilibrium point will be established for a specific non-equilibrium starting point. This follows a Initial, Change, Equilibrium approach. (1) This often results in the need to solve for the roots of a polynomial. (2) This is quadratic most of the times in this class, but depends on the coefficients of the balanced equations (why?). What dictates the slope from the non-equilibrium point (e.g., 1 and 2 above) toward the equilibrium curve? Thermodynamics can be connected to equilibria via \(∆G_{rxn} = RT \ln (Q/K_{eq})\) and then via this equation, we can identify: \(∆G^o_{rxn} = – RT \ln K_{eq}\). This is really cool since it connects equilibria properties to thermodynamics!

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    5.7: The Direction of Change in Chemical Reactions - Thermodynamic Explanation

    Lecture 23: 3/8/2019 (Chemical Equilibria)

    We continued our discussion of how equilibrium constants (that define a reaction under equilibrium conditions) is connected to thermodynamics (Gibbs energy differences) under different conditions (Either standard or otherwise). \(∆G_{rxn} = RT \ln (Q/K_{eq})\). This equation can be simplified for equilibrium conditions since there is no driving force for a reaction under equilibrium, \(∆G_{rxn} =0\) so \(\Delta G^o_{rxn} = – RT \ln K_{eq}\). Another reminder that we should be working in effective concentrations (activities), rather than concentrations both for \(Q\) and \(K\). We discussed the math that one can do with equilibrium constants rather than \(\Delta G\), which is largely the math behind logs. We readdressed the temperature dependence of equilibrium constants (any) and connected it to the sign of \(\Delta H\). While this can be qualitatively described in terms of Le Chatelier Principle, it can be quantitatively described via the van ’t Hoff equation. We transitions into acid/base chemistry, which is largely a flavor of chemical equilibria. There are three definitions of Acids/Base and we discussed the Arrhenius definition: Acids are proton donor and Base are proton acceptors. When mixed they “neutralize” each other. Strong acids dissociate fully. Weak do not and have a corresponding Ka to describe the incomplete dissociation.

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    6.1: Classifications of Acids and Bases
    6.2: The Brønsted-Lowry Scheme
    6.3: Acid and Base Strength

    Lecture 24: 3/11/2019 (Acids and Bases)

    The Arrhenius Theory of Acids and Bases in Water was reintroduced… Strong acids make weak bases and vice versa. Can view Neutralization as a competition between different species (water and conjugate base) for a proton? Which win? Reiterated that strong acids decompose 100% to general hydronium and conjugate base in solution. Weak Acids do not… Water is unstable (slightly) and autoionizes to general hydronium and hydroxide ions spontaneously with a \(K_w = [H_3O^+][OH^–] = 1 \times 10^{–14}\). Leveling Effect: (1) \(H_3O^+\) is strongest acid in water, \(OH^–\) is strongest base in water. This limits the range of weak and strong acids. Change the solvent -> change the range.

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    Lecture 25: 3/13/2019 (Acids and Bases)

    You can view an acid-base reaction as the "fall" of the proton from a higher potential energy to a lower potential energy. We readdressed the Leveling Effect: (1) \(H_3O^+\) is strongest acid in water, \(OH^–\) is strongest base in water. This limits the range of weak and strong acids. Change the solvent -> change the range. We discussed Brønsted-Lowry definition of acid/base compater to Arrhenius (famous example is ammonia in water). Water is amphoteric with both acidic and basic behavior. Autoionization of water was discussed again wtih \(K_w = [H_3O^+][OH^–] = 1 \times 10^{–14}\) at 25 °C. As with all equilibrium constant, \(K_w\) is temperature dependent. It increases at elevated temperature: We discussed the definition of an acidic, basic (alkaline) and neutral solution: (1) Acid solutions have excess hydronium concentration over hydroxide, (2) Basic solutions have excess hydroxide concentration over hydronium, and (3) Neutral solutions have equal hydroxide concentration over hydronium. Water at elevated temperatures is still neutral, but behaves with more acidic and more basic chataracter in reactions that are sensitive to pH. pH is related to \(pOH\) and \(K_w\) via \(pH + pOH = pK_W = 14\), but only at 25 °C.

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    Lecture 26: 3/15/2019 (pH Calculations, Common Ions, Buffers and Polyprotic Acids)

    The final lecture addresses four concepts that have been touched upon several times in the past lectures/labs/worksheets: (1)Calculating pH of acid (or base) in water under dilute and concentrated conditions (2) Polyprotic systems, (3) Common Ion Effect (rehash from Worksheet 10) and (4) Buffers. The lecture was ICE heavy, but the point is the qualitative features of the trends discussed, no the specific equations (with one exception: the Henderson-Hasselbach equation). The UPSHOT of topic (1) is that solving for the Acid dissociate in water with its own dissociation we get a cubic equations relating hydronium concentration to \(K_a\), \(K_w\) and amount of acid added (\(C_a\)). For most practical applications, we can make approximations that eliminate the need to solve a cubic equation:

    1. Dilute Weak acids/bases: We cannot ignore water -> ICE it 
    2. Concentrated Weak acids/bases: We can ignore water. But, \([H^+]\) is dependent on how much acid added and \(K_a\) -> ICE TABLE it
    3. Dilute Strong acids/bases: We cannot ignore water -> ICE it
    4. Concentrated Strong acids/bases: We can ignore water. \([H^+]\) is only dependent on how much acid added

    We discussed these cased within titration curves (qualitatively). Buffers are the Common Ion Effect in action for acid/base equilibria. Need to know why one uses Henderson-Hasselbach approximation.

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    Final Exam: 3/22/20 17 @ 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. (Friday)