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What is buffer capacity of a buffer solution? Explain.

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kumarvaibhav123 | Student, Grade 11 | Salutatorian

Posted January 20, 2013 at 8:46 AM via web

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What is buffer capacity of a buffer solution? Explain.

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llltkl | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted January 20, 2013 at 4:01 PM (Answer #1)

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Buffer solution is able to retain almost constant pH when small amount of acid/base is added. Quantitative measure of this resistance to pH changes is called buffer capacity. Buffer capacity can be also defined as quantity of strong acid or base that must be added to change the pH of one liter of solution by one pH unit. Such definition - although have its practical applications - gives different values of buffer capacity for acid addition and for base addition.

ß  = dn/dPH, where n is the number of equivalents of acid or base added.

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