Problem: Is a carboxylate salt, like CH3COONa likely to produce acidic or basic solutions in water?

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We are being asked if the solution of a carboxylate salt, like CH3COONa, will be acidic or basic. 

Ionic salts are made up of positively charged ion (cation) and a negatively charged ion (anion). To determine if the ionic salt would be acidic, basic, or neutral, we need to identify the acidity or basicity of the cation and anion.


For cations:

transition metal

▪ charge of +2 or higheracidic
▪ less than +2 → neutral solution

main group metal

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Is a carboxylate salt, like CH3COONa likely to produce acidic or basic solutions in water?

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