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Why is it that biochemists often remember the pKa of weak acids, rather than Ka?

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    It is easier to remember say 3.6 than 2.5 x 10-4

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    In addition to the good answer by Dr Russ, note also that the pKa is used in equations such as the Henderson-Hasselbalch equation of pH = pKa + log (base/acid). Remember the pKa and we don't need to change from Ka to pKa.

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