## What is pH and how is it measured?

The pH of a solution is a measure of the molar concentration of hydrogen ions in the solution and as such is a measure of the acidity or basicity of the solution. The letters pH stand for “power of hydrogen” and numerical value for pH is just the negative of the power of 10 of the molar concentration of H+ ions.

## Is pH above 14 possible?

Thus, measured pH values will lie mostly in the range 0 to 14, though negative pH values and values above 14 are entirely possible. Since pH is a logarithmic scale, a difference of one pH unit is equivalent to a tenfold difference in hydrogen ion concentration.

## What is the maximum pH value?

The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14. A pH of 7 is neutral. A pH less than 7 is acidic. A pH greater than 7 is basic.

## Does more H+ mean higher pH?

The overall concentration of hydrogen ions is inversely related to its pH and can be measured on the pH scale (Figure 1). Therefore, the more hydrogen ions present, the lower the pH; conversely, the fewer hydrogen ions, the higher the pH.

## Is H+ acidic or basic?

An example of a neutral solution is water: the # of H+ ions = # of OH- ions. > If water is combined with more H+ ions, it will become more acidic. > If water is combined with more OH- ions, it will become more basic.

## Why pH is not more than 14?

One far end is not more than 1M of hydrogen ions, which results in a pH value of not more than 0. While on the other end is not more than 1M of hydroxide ions which results in a pH value of not more than 14.

## What is the pH of blood?

Normal cellular metabolism and function require that blood pH be maintained within narrow limits, 7.35-7.45. Even mild excursion outside this range has deleterious effect, and pH of less than 6.8 or greater than 7.8 is considered – according to medical and physiology texts – incompatible with life.

## What is pH short for?

The letters pH stand for potential of hydrogen, since pH is effectively a measure of the concentration of hydrogen ions (that is, protons) in a substance. The pH scale was devised in 1923 by Danish biochemist Søren Peter Lauritz Sørensen (1868-1969).

## Is a pH of 15 possible?

But the scale does not have fixed limits, so it is indeed possible to have a pH above 14 or below zero. For example, concentrated hydrochloric acid can have a pH of around -1, while sodium hydroxide solution can have a pH as high as 15.

## What has a pH of 13?

What does it mean for a solution to be acidic or basic (alkaline)?

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pH ValueH+ Concentration Relative to Pure WaterExample
110.000 1ammonia solution
120.000 01soapy water
130.000 001bleach, oven cleaner
140.000 000 1liquid drain cleaner

## Why P is small in pH value?

pH is an old abbreviation for a french description of the acidity of water. The French term is “puissance d’hydrogen”, which means “power or strength of Hydrogen”. The p is small because it refers to a word.

## What has a pH of 1?

The pH scale

Increasing pH (Decreasing Acidity)Substances
0 (most acidic)Hydrochloric acid (HCl)
1Stomach acid
2Lemon juice
3Cola, beer, vinegar

## What is the pH of butter?

6.1 – 6.4

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