An #HCl# solution has a concentration of #3.26 * 10^-2# #M#. What is the pH of this solution?

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Jun 14, 2016

Answer:

The pH of this solution is 1.487.

Explanation:

Since HCl is a strong acid, it completely dissociates into its respective ions when placed in water. In this case HCl ionizes to produce #H^(+) (aq)# and #Cl^(-)(aq)#.

As soon as we know that we're dealing with a strong acid, the pH can be obtained directly from the concentration of #H^(+)# using the following formula:
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All we have to do is take the -log of the given concentration like so:

#pH = -log [3.26xx10^(-2)] #

#pH = 1.487#