Defining and teaching pH

Burton, R. F. (2007) Defining and teaching pH. Journal of Chemical Education, 84(7), p. 1129. (doi: 10.1021/ed084p1129)

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The 1909 definition of pH given in most general chemistry textbooks conflicts with the modern, operationally-defined pH scale that underlies laboratory measurement and relates to activities. At an elementary level, pH and the algebra of equilibria can be simply and correctly taught, without logarithms, in terms of the latter scale.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Burton, Dr Richard
Authors: Burton, R. F.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Life Sciences
Journal Name:Journal of Chemical Education
Publisher:American Chemical Society
ISSN (Online):1938-1328
Published Online:01 July 2007

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