Experiment 8

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This experiment shows how different concentrations of acids and bases in a solution affect its pH level. When acids and bases are combined in a solution, they neutralize each other. This means that depending on the concentration of both acids and bases in a solution, the pH will vary. A neutral pH level is 7; anything below that level is known as an acidic solution, while anything above is known as a basic solution. To find out the pH, the solutions will be diluted and tested with different concentrations.

Experimental Procedure

Dillon, Stephanie. “Reactions in Aqueous Solutions: Strong Acids and Bases” Laboratory Manual. Pearson Publishing 2012, pp. 113-126.

Data and results

AcidsConcentration of acid after dilutionExperimental pHTheoretical pH% error HCI 12*10-2 M2.121.6920.28%
HCI 28*10-4 M2.643.0917.04%
HCI 33.2*10-5 M3.384.4924.72%
HCI 41.3*10-6 M5.855.880.51%

BasesConcentration of base after dilutionExperimental pHTheoretical pH% error NaOH 12*10-2 M11.4212.317.15%
NaOH 28*10-4 M9.6410.9111.55%
NaOH 33.2*10-5 M8.689.508.63%
NaOH 41.28*10-6 M7.988.101.48%

Combined Concentration of acid and base after combinationExperimental pHTheoretical pH% error 12*10-2 M6.9171.28%
28*10-4 M6.04713.71%
33.2*10-5 M6.7274%
41.3*10-6 M6.3279.71%

Mass of Salt: 0.186


1.Concentration of Dilution: M1V1 = M2V2
(1.0mL)(0.5M) = (25mL)(X)
X = 0.02

2.pH Calculation: -log(H+)
-log(2 *10-2 M) = 1.69

3.pH from pOH: 14-pH = pOH
14 – 2= 10

4.Percent Error: Actual Value (2.12) – Theoretical Value(1.69) * 100 = 20.28% Theoretical Value (1.69)

5.Percent Yield: Experimental Yield (g) *100
Theoretical Yield (g)


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