How do you write Ka?

1 Answer
Aug 9, 2016

Answer:

You mean the #"acid dissociation constant",K_a#?

Explanation:

#HA(aq) + H_2O(l) rightleftharpoons H_3O^+ + A^-#

Given that #[H_2O]# is effectively a constant, we can write the equilibrium expression in this way:

#K_a=([H_3O^+][A^-])/([HA])#

And thus for strong acids, where the equilibrium as written lies strongly to the right, #K_a# is large. #K_a# is small for weaker acids where the equilibrium lies to the left.