Hydrochlorimetry Lab

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When testing the effects of hydrochloric acid on different solutions data was collected that showed that liver cells have a buffer and celery do not which supports the original hypothesis of liver cells containing a buffer. A buffer is a solution that resists change in pH when acid is added to it. A buffer will release more hydroxide ions when there is acid added. Each solution in the lab was tested first at its original pH and then after five drops each was tested until there were 30 drops added in. When tested in the lab two controls were used one positive for having a buffer (alka seltzer) and one negative (water). Alka seltzer started with a pH of 6.5 and barely fluctuated with each new drops added it finished with a pH of 6.47 showing…show more content…
Celery started with a pH of 6.05 and dropped down to a pH of 5.03 after 30 drops that is not nearly as drastic as alka seltzer. But, it shows how celery does not have a buffer because of the drop in pH and is not able to create more hydroxide ions when acid is added. Liver started with a pH of 6.50 and after 30 drops the pH dropped down to 6.03 which means the drop in pH is only .47 and looks similar to the data of the positive control of alka seltzer. The data in this lab follows the hypothesis of testing the HCI of liver and celery, then liver will contain a buffer and celery will not. This conclusion can be drawn because of celery’s large drop in pH and the data’s resemblance to the water data meaning celery cannot hydrolyze ions and keep a constant pH. Liver’s pH only changed by .47 which is not a dramatic change and can fall within scientific error and strongly relates to the alka seltzer data. Which, leads to the conclusion that liver does contain a buffer and is able to keep the same amount of hydrogen when acid is added. In conclusion, celery does not contain a buffer to keep pH constant and liver does have a buffer and can hydrolyze

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