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I'm trying to solve some chemistry problems, like the ones my teacher says will appear on our exams.

The problem reads like this:

What is the hydrogen conentration in a bleach sample that register 9.55 using a pH meter?

My Attempt:
Since this sample register a 9.55 on a pH meter,it occurs to me that this sample is basic, and I can use the formula:
pOH = -log (H^+), to solve for (OH^-)
From here I thought,maybe if I substitute that result into the equation pH + pOH = 14, I might arrive at the answer I'm looking for; which is 0 000 000 000 35 M.

pH + 0.980 = 14
pH = 13.02
Evidently I took the wrong approach.
Can you help me with this problem?

Have a Great Night

  • Chemistry -

    i did not exactly get that answer... but i still think this will helps. i did 10^pH formula. i got 2.818 x 10^-10 as my naswer. i toke that and divided it by the molar mass of blaech. i got the answer 3.78 x 10^12... which is simalr to your answer

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    I think you are trying to make this far more difficult that it is. Also, I think your prof gave you the wrong answer (or you've state something wrong or copied something wrong).
    if pH = 9.55, then
    pH = -log(H^+)
    9.55 = -log)H^+)
    -9.55 = log(H^+)
    (H^+) = 2.82E-9M
    (the OH^- is 3.5E-5M

    (You should know your answer of pH = 13.02 isn't right. the PROBLEM states pH = 9.55 and not 13.02.
    By the way, pOH = -log(OH^-), not what you wrote above.

  • Chemistry -

    And my problem is I can't read my calculator. For pH = 9.55, (H^+) = 2.82E-10.

  • Chemistry -

    I submitted an incorrect answer to that problem. The correct answer is 0.000 000 000 28 M. I apolgise.
    I've been sleep deprived.

  • Chemistry -

    So the answer 2.8E-10 is correct. I should have rounded that last two out of the number and didn't.

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