Why are buffer solutions used to calibrate pH?
Apr 25, 2015
When you use a pH meter to measure pH, you want to be sure that if the meter says pH = 7.00, the pH really is 7.00.
So you use solutions of known pH and adjust the meter to display those values.
Buffers are ideal for this purpose because:
- They are easily prepared for a given pH.
- They are stable for long periods of time.
- They resist changes in pH if you accidentally add a little acid or base or even water.