The Modern Chemistry Lab

Other Measurements

How do you measure the pH of a solution?

One of the first ways science students usually learn to test the pH of a solution is by using pH paper. This is a pretty simple test that only requires you to place a drop of the solution onto the paper and to look at its color. The color change accompanying changes in pH is due to a chemical indicator whose absorption spectrum changes with changes in pH. Another way to measure pH is with a pH-sensitive electrode. This can provide a more accurate measure of pH, as it digitally outputs the pH as a number value and does not rely on a person visually inspecting a color change to interpret the result.


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