Chemistry
posted by Matt on .
if an aqueous solution of BA(NO3)2 is added to 1.0 L of a solution containing 0.05 mol F and 0.075 mol SO4 2, which salt will precipitate first?

Look up Ksp. Calculate (Ba^+2) needed to ppt BaSO4 and BaF2. The one requiring the smallest (Ba^+2) will ppt first.

I have the Ksp.
BaSO4 is 1.1 x 10^10 and BaF2 is 1.8 x 10^7
but what do you mean calculate (Ba^2+) needed to ppt BaSO4 and BaF2? how do you do that? that's the part i don't understand. 
I misspoke. I thought the sulfate and fluoride were given but they are not. So you need to calculate the solubility
BaSO4 ==> Ba^+2 + SO4^2
Ksp = (Ba^+)(SO4^2) = 1.1 x 10^10.
If we let Ba^+2 = S, then SO4^2 = S and
S^2 = 1.1 x 10^10. Solve for S = 1.05 x 10^5 M which is Ba^+ in a saturated solution of BaSO4.
Do the same thing for BaF2 and calculate Ba^+2. Compare.