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How can I measure the amount of CO2 in grams in a known volume of soda based on its weight?

We have a soda machine that can fill either still water or soda. In both cases the amount is 400 ml in the beaker, but the soda weighs a little less. How can we use the volume X = 400 ml and the ...
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Why does water donate a proton to ammonia instead of accepting one?

Water can donate a proton to $\ce{NH3}$ when they react. Why doesn't water accept a proton from $\ce{NH3}$? Why does water have a tendency to donate protons when reacting with $\ce{NH3}$?
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Does precipitated copper carbonate contain impurities

I recently performed a double replacement reaction between copper sulfate and sodium carbonate to yield copper carbonate as a precipitate. I then filtered the precipitate, but I noticed that the ...
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What results from combining monopotassium phosphate, magnesium sulfate and calcium nitrate?

If I mix monopotassium phosphate, magnesium sulfate and calcium nitrate together in aqueous solution, what chemicals will result? Are these safe to combine (i.e. any toxic gasses, etc.)? I thought ...
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Question about buffers [closed]

Could somebody please help me by explaining this problem: How to prepare $250\ \mathrm{mL}$ buffer solution with the $\mathrm{pH}$ value of $4.5$ from $0.2\ \mathrm{mol/L}$ $\ce{CH3COONa}$ and $0.3\ ...
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Oxidation of acetic acid in wine?

When wine is exposed to oxygen, acetic acid forms because of an oxidation reaction. The wine then loses acetic acid. Why? Is it because it is oxidised itself to form carbon dioxide?
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Is there a soluble salt, or compound that when dissolved in water results in a solution with density less than pure water?

Generally water soluble salts tend to 'fit between' the molecules of water such that the volume of the resulting solution does not increase much relative to the volume and added mass of the salt. So ...
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Solution for storing a glass electrode

What kind of storage solution is required for a glass electrode? Is 3 M $\ce{KCl}$ sufficient for this purpose? If so, what is the approximate pH of that solution (the solution I use presently has a ...
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Why are the reactants in the solubility product constant multiplied by their coefficients and raised to the power of their coefficients?

It is probably easiest for me to explain the question in an example. Consider the following chemical reaction: $\ce{MgF2(s) -> Mg^{2+} (aq) + 2F- (aq)}$ Plugging this into the formula for the ...
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What happens to iron(III) sulfate (ferric sulfate) in aqueous solution?

Iron(II) sulfate (ferrous sulfate) is a salt that, in an aqueous solution, dissolves and yields $\ce{Fe^{2+}(aq)}$ and $\ce{SO4^{2-}(aq)}$. It then decomposes to ferric sulfate shortly thereafter. ...
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Alternative to water as solvent for lithium metaborate?

I want to prepare a sample of lithium metaborate ($\ce{LiBO2}$) and need to dissolve it for this purpose. The only solvents I found so far are water and ethanol. In ethanol, one cannot dissolve ...
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Why does Mg react vigorously in NaCl solution and less so in water?

When you put $\ce{Mg}$ into water a few $\ce{H2}$ bubbles appear. But when you put $\ce{Mg}$ into a $\ce{NaCl}$ solution there is a vigorous release of $\ce{H2}$, why is this and what reactions are ...
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Can I equalise osmotic pressure using two different solutes?

I understand that there is a pressure gradient between an aqueous solution, e.g. salty water, and, say, pure water due to osmosis. My question is, is it possible to match or almost match, the osmotic ...
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Produce CuCl2 from CuSO4

I have a large amount of copper sulfate available and I am interested in obtaining copper chloride from it. What is the easiest way to do so? I have considered mixing an aqueous solution of copper ...
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What is the lethal dose ( LD50 ) of coffee?

Of course, there are many types of coffee, so I would like a range of lethal dose amounts for the average human, from the mildest of lattes to the most hardcore of espressos. Pure caffeine's lethal ...
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Why does solvation release energy? [duplicate]

Whether dissolving acids and salts is exothermic or endothermic, depends on the lattice and solvation energy. Breaking bonds in the lattice requires energy and is endothermic - that is clear. However, ...
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How to calculate the osmotic pressure given the vapour pressure of a solution?

The vapour pressure of water at $293~\mathrm{K}$ is $2438~\mathrm{Pa}$ and the vapour pressure of an aqueous solution is $2395.8~\mathrm{Pa}$. If the solution density is $1080~\mathrm{kg/m^3}$ at ...
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If both Nitric acid and Nitrate ion are stabilised through resonance, what makes Nitrate ion more stable in aqueous medium?

If both Nitric acid and Nitrate ion are stabilised through resonance, what makes Nitrate ion more stable in aqueous medium? Can the same argument be applied to Nitrous acid and Nitrite ion in aqueous ...
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Solubility when multiple salts are involved

Calculate the solubility of $\ce{AgCl}$ ($K_{sp} = 1.6\times10^{-10}$) in $100.0~\mathrm{mL}$ of $4.00\times10^{-3}~\mathrm{M}$ calcium chloride. The stated answer is: $2.0\times10^{-8}~\mathrm{M}$ ...
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Is NaCl in water considered “solution” despite of NaCl's having some precipitation?

Is $\ce{NaCl}$ in water aqueous? For a certain amount of $\ce{NaCl}$, it can dissolve in water but if you add more $\ce{NaCl}$ it can't dissolve any more. So, if in a certain reaction $\ce{NaCl}$ is ...
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difference between solving and dissolving something

what is the difference between the terms 'solve' and 'dissolve'? up until now I have used the two terms interchangeably, not having any sound scientific definitions for each. I have thought them both ...
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Hydration number: Carbonic acid in water

Carbonic acid ($\ce{H2CO3}$) is known to be soluble in water, and that this particular compound is unstable, so much so that according to the 2014 article from Berkeley Lab: New Insights on Carbonic ...
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Relation Between Degree of Hydration and Electropositivity

Why are salts of strongly electropositive elements less heavily hydrated in aqueous solution than the those of less electropositive elements? Shouldn't it be the other way round as the salts of ...
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Why is lithium bromide used in absorption refrigerators?

Lithium bromide refrigerator Why is lithium bromide used in absorption refrigerators? It is more expensive than sodium chloride. The wikipedia article on lithium bromide says it is extremely ...
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Why there is no change in water level when salt is added?

Let us say we have one glass of water and after that when we add one or two spoon of salt then we notice that salt dissolves in it but when we measure the water level we found that there is no ...
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Are aqueous solutions of oxidizing agents safe?

In the "reducing agent" article in Wikipedia it says Good reducing agents are reagents that deliver $\ce{H2}$. Wouldn't that make water unsafe to dissolve oxidizing agents?
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Are all NO3- salts soluble in water? If so, why?

All the examples of $\ce{NO3-}$ salts are soluble in water (all that I know about). Is it always so or there is some salt which doesn't dissolve in water? If so what is the reason behind it?
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CuCl2 dissolved in water

We dissolve $10\ \mathrm{g}$ of $\ce{CuCl2}$ in $0.1\ \mathrm{L}$ of water. Given that: $M(\ce{Cl})=35.5\ \mathrm{g/mol}$ $M(\ce{Cu})=63.5\ \mathrm{g/mol}$ How can one calculate the molar ...
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AgI and AgCl reduction potentials

The reduction potential for $\ce{AgI}$ is $-0.15\ \mathrm{V}$ and for $\ce{AgCl}$ it’s $0.22\ \mathrm{V}$. As $nFE =-\Delta{G} = T\Delta{S} - \Delta{H}$ this must imply that $\ce{AgI}$ is a stronger ...
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Which sodium citrate is used in silver nanoparticles production?

In my studies, I have a group project to realise: to make some $\ce{Ag}$ nanoparticles using Turkevich method (boiling $\ce{AgNO3}$ with sodium citrate in water). In most of articles authors write ...
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Light scattering in sulfur colloids

Recently I did a reaction in the lab (the reaction itself is not important) whose product was colloidal sulfur. As I watched the sulfur particles form I noticed something strange: At first the sulfur ...
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The Health Effects of Alkaline Ionized Water?

I came across alkaline ionized water as my aunts bought a system called Kangen Water from Enagic Inc. The water produced by this system is claimed to contain smaller water clusters (4-6 molecules) ...
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Explain why these ions are more strongly hydrated in an aqueous solution?

Note-I've already answered this question. All I want to know is if my reasoning is correct. Case 1: Rb+ Na+ ----This ion is more strongly favored Case 2: Mg2+ ----This ion is more strongly ...
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Water exchange at Al (III)

Why is the rate of water exchange at Al(III) centres so slow ? According to this medical book (p.5) it is $10^{5}$ times faster at Mg(II).
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Water reacts or doesn't react?

I know that when you have $\ce{HCl}$, $\ce{H2O}$, and $\ce{NaOH}$ that you produce $\ce{H2O}$ and $\ce{NaCl}$. However some people say water does react and so would think that this 2 step reaction is ...
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Measuring Colloidal copper PPM & how to ignore the salt PPM in soluton

I made some colloidal copper with 9V battery. To make this water I had to add small amount of salt. However, the salt itself shows up in PPM count of my PPM reader. So how can I discount the salt PPM ...
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Purification of water with ferric chloride

Ferric chloride ($\ce{FeCl3}$) is a chemical used in water treatment. If ferric chloride is added to a water sample containing calcium bicarbonate, would the $\mathrm{pH}$ of the solution decrease or ...
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Identifying MgCl2 or CaCl2 in solution

I have an aqueous solution of either $\ce{MgCl2}$ or $\ce{CaCl2}$ in solution with $\ce{K2SO4}$. There is a white precipitate that forms on the bottom that does not dissolve when $\ce{HCl}$ is added ...
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Solubility of different compounds?

I am the typical student that is very bad in organic chemistry. I understand that some of you might find my question trivial and would instruct me to go google up my answers instead. I have tried ...
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Reaction of sulfate ion in copper sulfate electrolysis

I am planning to try copper plating a piece of metal by performing electrolysis on an aqueous solution of copper sulfate. I plan run an electrical current with the metal I want to plate as the cathode ...
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Differentiation between Zn(2+), Al(3+), Mg(2+) in solution

If I have three aqueous ionic solutions in which I know that the cation is $\ce{Al^3+}$, $\ce{Mg^2+}$, or $\ce{Zn^2+}$, and that how do I find out which is which? I was thinking to add $\ce{OH-}$ in ...
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How to dissolve composite In2O3 with SnO2 without affecting stainless steel?

I found this article, but it was not helpful. The $\ce{In2O3}$ is probably amorphous. $\ce{HNO3}$ and $\ce{HCl}$ do not work. Any ideas?
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Reference request for the number of solvents around a solute

I want to know if there is a way to find number of solvent molecules that are directly embracing a solute molecule ( something like a reference or table that shows waters of hydration ). Particularly ...
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Finding Cation of Unknown Salt in Solution from Precipitate

I should probably add that I was originally given an unknown solid mixture of 2 salts. I separated the insoluble salt out by centrifuging and then decanting. I found that the insoluble salt is ...
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Water softener and RO filter

I have a water softener for showers and dishwasher and a reverse osmosis filter for drinking water. For convenience of the install, the RO filter is using softened water (some calcium carbonate has ...
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What an aqueous solution really contains?

I want to know what an aqueous solution is. For example, let's consider a $1~\mathrm{M}$ aqueous solution of $\ce{MgCl2}$. Does it also contain $\ce{MgOH2}$? Though it is a simple question, I feel it ...
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When I place a straw in carbontated drink and blow, more gas bubbles rise to the surface?

When I place a straw in carbontated drink and blow (making bubbling noises), more gas bubbles rise to the surface. The gas bubbles which rise to the surface are from the carbon dioxide gas dissolved ...
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What would happen if I mix salt and sugar in a cup of water? [duplicate]

If I mix water in a cup with sugar at some stage the solution will become saturated and no more sugar will dissolve into the water. If I now add salt to the solution will the salt dissolve into the ...
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Saturation of multiple solutes

Can a liquid which is saturated with a single solute, dissolve a different solute, or is saturation a universal thing? I ask because I’ve seen that different solutes have different points (amounts) at ...
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How to calculate the pH of an acetic acid/ calcium acetate buffer?

Problem: A buffer was made by mixing 500 mL of 1 M (mol/L) acetic acid and 500 mL of 0.5 M calcium acetate. What are the resulting concentrations of acetic acid (henceforth called ...