Acids and Bases, Part 1

Acids and Bases, Part 1

This webinar is the first part of our two-part (revamped) series on acid/base chemistry. You will learn about different types of acids and bases, how to relate pKa/pKb to acid/base strength, and how to calculate pH/pOH from strong or weak acids/bases. We will also introduce the concepts of salts and buffers.  There are 3 types of salts—acidic, basic, natural—and an understanding of how they are created will have important ramifications for buffers and the next webinar on titrations.

At a glance


Essential skills

  • Deduce basicity or acidity from structure and reaction

  • Simple acid base calculations

  • Strong and weak species calculations

  • Determine whether a salt is acidic, basic or neutral


Knowledge Fundamentals

  • Identify different types of acids/bases

  • Identify strong acids/bases

  • Simple acid/base equations

  • Simple log rules

  • Know the three different types of salts


On the MCAT

  • Acid/base problems can be calculation and time intensive

  • Common applications include amino acids, drugs, and the buffer systems in our blood (more on buffers in the next session)

  • Keep biochemistry and organic chemistry connections in mind


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