AP Chemistry

Consider the ionization constants
cyanic acid (HOCN) : Ka= 3.5×10−4; ammonia (NH3): Kb= 1.8×10−5. A solution
of ammonium cyanate (NH4OCN) is
1. acidic, because the cation and the anion hydrolyze to the same extent.
2. acidic, because the anion hydrolyzes to a greater extent than the cation.
3. basic, because the cation hydrolyzes to a greater extent than the anion.
4. basic, because the anion hydrolyzes to a greater extent than the cation.
5. neutral, because the cation hydrolyzes to a greater extent than the anion.
6. neutral, because the anion hydrolyzes to a greater extent than the cation.
7. neutral, because NH4OCN is a weak
base/weak acid salt.
8. basic, because the cation and the anion hydrolyze to the same extent.
9. acidic, because the cation hydrolyzes to a greater extent than the anion.
10. neutral, because the cation and the anion hydrolyze to the same extent.

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  1. (H^+) for a salt of a weak acid and a weak base = sqrt(KwKa/Kb). Solve for (H^+) and you have your answer.

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  2. acidic, because the cation hydrolyzes to a
    greater extent than the anion.

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  3. Michael is correct. I tried it.

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