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weak acid and strong acid
« on: December 11, 2004, 01:47:48 AM »
How can the reaction with active metals such as Mg be a diagnostic test that can distinguish a weak acid from a strong acid?


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Re:weak acid and strong acid
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2004, 09:37:29 AM »
the reaction between reactive metals and acid produce hydrogen gas so u can measure the volumes of gas evolved from 2 acids with Mg . The more gas it gives , the stronger the acid is . it s for trial , can anyone tell me if i m right ?

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Re:weak acid and strong acid
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2004, 06:17:50 PM »
You're almost right.  Over a long period of time, the gas evolved will be the same.  (Since even though the acid may be weak, as hydrogen gas is created it will push the equillibrium over to the side of the dissociated acid, thus causing more acid to dissociate).  So the best thing to do would be to use a large amount of acid and metal and set a time limit, say one minute, for the amount of hydrogen gas evolved.  The more gas evolved in that time frame, the stronger the acid is.
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