We finish the topic of acid-base titrations and consider why pKa is so important. Chemist Samuel Thompson talks about a problem he encountered in his undergraduate research that had to do with the pKa of a molecular probe. Learn what the problem was and how he solved it.
|TOPICS||5th EDITION||4th EDITION|
|Redox Reactions||Section K||Section K|
|Representing Redox Reactions||13.1–13.2||13.1–13.2|
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