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The Ksp of PbBr2 is 6.60× 10^–6.

What is the molar solubility of PbBr2 in pure water?

What is the molar solubility of PbBr2 in 0.500 M KBr solution?

What is the molar solubility of PbBr2 in a 0.500 M Pb(NO3)2 solution?

  • Chemsitry -

    PbBr2---> Pb + 2Br


    6.60× 10^–6=[x][2x]^2

    Solving for x

    6.60× 10^–6=4x^3

    6.60× 10^–6/4=x^3

    (6.60× 10^–6/4)^1/3=x


    PbBr2---> Pb + 2Br


    6.60× 10^–6=[x][0.500M]^2

    Solve for x,

    6.60× 10^–6/[(0.500M)^2]=x


    PbBr2---> Pb + 2Br


    6.60× 10^–6=[0.500M][2x]^2

    Solve for x,

    6.60× 10^–6/[(0.500M)^2]=x

    6.60× 10^–6/(0.500M)=4x^2

    sqrt*{[6.60× 10^–6/(0.500M)]/4}=x

  • To Devron--Chemsitry -

    I don't disagree with any of the answers. Technically, and I realize this is nit-picking, I disagree with the set up. As an example,
    PbBr2 ==> Pb^2+ + 2Br^-
    But Ksp says "the product of the molar solubility of the ions, each raised to the power indicated in the balanced equation, is a constant". I would write that as Ksp = (Pb^2+)(Br^-)^2. It isn't twice the bromide ion x lead ion, it is THE bromide x lead ion. Yes, Pb ion is x and Br is 2x but 2x is THE bromide ion, not twice the bromide, but it is twice the PbBr2 that dissolves which is why it's 2x to begin with.

  • Chemsitry==> Dr. Bob222 -

    I understand. That is why I worked on a problem and developed a headache when I couldn't figure out why the answer doubled compared to the answer that I calculated. If I set up the way that you mentioned then I would not have ran into that problem, and I can prevent others from performing the same mistake. Thank you for the advice. Also, I do not consider it nit-picking. I always thought it was nick-picking. We learn something new everyday.

  • Chemsitry Nits -

    I lent my sleeping bag to a co-worker once, when I used it the next night I woke up suddenly, feeling something crawling in my crotch. I spent the next 2 hours picking the critters off. then I went cross eyed picking nits. I got them all. Unpicked nits can grow into a HUGE problem. Never think you are being to thorough, especially in chemistry!!

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