Chemistry(Please help)

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Calculate the concentration of HCO3- in an aqueous solution of 0.0885 M carbonic acid, H2CO3 (aq).

I was going to set this up as 0.0885 -x = ? Am I suppose to use the Ka value for carbonic acid?

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    Yes, k1 for carbonic acid.

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    0.0885 - x = 4.2e-7

    Then I added 0.0885 to the right side and got 8.85e-2. Would this be the concentration or do I need to do another step?

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    You need another step.
    H2CO3 --> H^+ + HCO3^-
    .0885-x...x......x

    k1 = (H^+)(HCO3^-)/(H2CO3)

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