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The Aqueous Solution of Sodium Acetate is Basic. Explain. - Chemistry (Theory)

The aqueous solution of sodium acetate is basic. Explain.

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Solution

`CH_3COONa + H_2O -> CH_3COOH + NaOH`

`CH_3COO^(-) + Na^(+) + H_2O -> CH_3COOH + Na^(+) +OH^(-)`

`:. CH_3COO^(-1) + H_2O -> CH_3COOH + OH^(-)`

∵ `OH^(-)` are left in the solution

∴ Sodium acetate on hydrolysis gives basic solution.

Concept: Ionization of Acids and Bases - Common Ion Effect in the Ionization of Acids and Bases
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