- Feb 5, 2022
Hi, why is the Kb of sodium acetate the same as the Kb of the acetate ion itself? I know that sodium acetate is basic because it has the conjugate base of a weak acid (acetic acid) and sodium is neutral, but I also thought that sodium acetate would be a different base compared to just the acetate ion so its Kb would be different. I have the same question for HCOO- and HCOONa. Does anyone know what is wrong with my understanding? Thank you.