Acid Dissociation Constant

Acid dissociation constant or acidity constant (symbol: Ka) of the hypothetical compound HA is the equilibrium constant of the reaction (see, Brønsted-Lowry theory),



in dilute aqueous solution at 25 ºC.

For the above system,



In dilute solution,



The larger the Ka of a species, the larger the fraction of the species that donates H+ to water, greater its acid strength. Thus, Ka of a species is a measure of its acid strength.

eg:



Ka of HI is larger than that of HCl, meaning HI is a stronger acid than HCl.

See also  pK­and Henderson-Hasselbach equation.

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