Yes and that would be fine if the pH was what I was after. The problem is, the pH wasn't really involved in this lab. It appears to have a goal of something like this: you know how much acetic acid it took to completly dissolve the Magnesium Hydroxide. From this data, determine how much magnesium hydroxide there was. Or maybe it'd be backwards so it would be more like: you have a known amount of Magnesium Hydroxide and you added acetic acid to it until all of it dissolved. How much acid did it take?
How would I solve one of those types or problems?
Okay, I believe I came up with a reasonable way to explain what's going on. I could be completly wrong, but I'm crossing my fingers for a right
. Here's a direct quote from my report:
In this system, Le Chatelier’s Principle provides an intriguing rule. Let’s begin with the golden rule. At the point of total dissolving, every proton will have reacted with every hydroxide. This process does not happen in a set amount of time. That is because is possible for a proton and hydroxide that are produced to not react with each other until they are once again produced. This is because the Proton could react with the acetate ion to once again reform acetic acid. Similarly, the hydroxide could react with magnesium or aluminum. As the reaction proceeds, the likelihood of the just explained process increases because the ratio of protons/hydroxides to acetate/magnesium/aluminum increasingly favors the acetate/magnesium/aluminum side.
Here probability arises. It becomes more and more likely for the proton and the hydroxide not to react, but over an infinite amount of time it still happens. The ionic solid and the acid continue to keep producing products they run out. Because in magnesium hydroxide 2 hydroxides are produced per mol of magnesium hydroxide, twice as many moles of acid are needed.
Anyways, if I'm way off, feel free to still say so. I'm really interested in how to do this type of calculations still, so if anything pops into your memory/mind I'd like to know.