Predict the expected pH at the endpoint of the titration of weak acid and a strong base? Maleic Acid and NaOH?
The question is a bit ambiguous.........I would answer
Maleic acid reacts with
Because it is a DIACID that requires 2 equiv of NaOH, at the endpoint we predict that we have a solution that is stoichiometric in
Are you following me? I know I am being a little bit abstract in suggesting that the diacid gets robbed of its two protons to form the dicarboxylate, and then itself robs the water of one proton to give equilibrium quantities of
We could work out this reaction quantitatively, but I am going to have my breakfast first.......
The question is worded ambiguously because maleic acid is a dibasic acid.
Thus, there are two equivalence points: one for the removal of the first proton and one for the second, similar to the titration curve below.
pH at 1st equivalence point
A common formula for the pH at the first equivalence point of a dibasic acid is
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pH at 2nd equivalence point
At this point, we have a solution of
The equilibrium is
The conjugate base of a weak acid is a base, so the pH will be greater than 7, probably around pH 9.