Simple Acids and Bases

Simple Acids and Bases

This webinar is the first part of our three-part series on acids and bases for MCAT chemistry. You will learn about the 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.

At a glance


Essential skills

  • Calculate pH/pOH from strong or weak acids/bases

  • Relate pKa/pKb to acid/base strength

  • Predict protonation and deprotonation given pH


Knowledge Fundamentals

  • The different types of acids/bases

  • The strong acids/bases

  • pKas of amines and carboxylic acid groups

  • Log rules and simple acid/base equations


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

  • Keep biochemistry and organic chemistry connections in mind


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