# Upon dissolution in water, does sodium acetate give a BASIC or an ACIDIC solution?

Feb 13, 2017

$\text{H"_3"CC(=O)O"^(-) + "H"_2"O(l)" rightleftharpoons "H"_3"CC(=O)OH(aq)"+""^(-)"OH}$
The conjugate base of a weak acid, by definition, competes fairly strongly for the proton, and thus gives rise to a slightly basic aqueous solution. Given the ${\text{pK}}_{a}$ of $\text{acetic acid}$, and a starting concentration, the $\text{pH}$ of the resultant solution may be calculated. How does the ${\text{pK}}_{a}$ of $\text{acetic acid}$ relate to the ${\text{pK}}_{b}$ of $\text{acetate ion}$?