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I guide students through thinking at the end of the lab about the utility of doing a titration and finding the $latex pK_a$ at the half-equivalence point.
Notes: Students figure out that they need to know the concentration of acetic acid in vinegar. While they can get a measurement of the $latex H^+$ concentration using the pH meter, if they do not know the initial concentration of the vinegar in the water, this will throw off their calculation.
So how can we measure the amount of acetic acid and $latex H+$? With a titration, and a pH measurement, we can find the equivalence point by seeking a place on the titration curve with a vertical asymptote. Using the amount of base added and the pH at the equivalence point, we can see both how much base was needed AND the amount of counter ion present at the equivalence point.
A HINT to use: What will the pH be at the equivalence point of a titration of acetic acid….

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to water. You may assume that you have a source of store bought vinegar, a pH probe and

other common lab equipment.

Bonus follow up! How could you estimate the equilibrium constant for sodium acetate and water? Can you think of a way to estimate the constant for chloroacetic acid

(CH2 ClCOOH) in water?