Why is the equivalence point for the neutralization of a weak acid with a strong base above a pH of 7?
When a weak acid (acetic acid for example) and a strong base (NaOH) combine they form water and the sodium acetate salt. Sodium can be considered neutral since its Ka is incredibly minute. Acetate, however, is basic since it is the conjugate base of a weak acid. This contributes to the equivalence point being beyond a pH of 7.