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ATP break down and energy release?

I have a very basic question. Energy is absorbed to break bonds. Bond-breaking is an endothermic process. Energy is released when new bonds form. Bond-making is an exothermic process. But ATP breaks ...
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Delta G values for Pyruvate--> Alanine vs. Oxaloacetate -> Aspartate ->Asparagine

What are the delta G values for the mammalian (human) biosynthesis of alanine from pyruvate, and for the conversion of oxaloacetate to asparagine? (assuming no particular cellular restriction or other ...
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Is S7H4 a chemical?

I want to find a chemical that will react with $\ce{SO2}$ to make water and pure sulfur to battle both greenhouse gasses and drought. I think $\ce{S7H4}$ would do it, but I don't know if it exists. ...
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Activation Energy of a rotting apple [closed]

A slightly bruised apple will rot extensively in about 3.5 days at room temperature (22.0 degrees Celsius). If it is kept in the refrigerator at 0.5 degrees Celsius, the same extent of rotting takes ...
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What really happens atomically in an explosion?

Let's say a room is filled with butane, I then throw a cigarette into the room. What happens to the atoms/molecules of the butane when they are in contact with the heat from the cigarette?
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How can I work out what reaction will happen?

I have recently started learning chemistry, and I've been reading a GCSE (UK high school level) textbook on the stuff :D Much of it has been fairly straightforward, though there has been a ...
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Why is ΔE described as Q-W and Q+W in different contexts?

Depending on the textbooks looked at, the energy change is described as either Q+W or the signage is changed to Q-W. Which is correct? Is it solely context dependent? Could anyone explain the ...
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What is the correct definition of the Gibbs free energy of activation?

Is the following correct? Gibbs free energy of activation is used in energy profiles where the stabilities of the species are expressed as changes in Gibbs energy, while the activation energy Ea ...
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Nitric Oxide Dimerization

This is the molecular orbital diagram for nitric oxide: Now, we know that nitric oxide can dimerize. However, why does nitric oxide dimerize as to form an $\ce{N-N}$ bond? Why not an $\ce{O-O}$ ...
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Nitrogen dioxide dimerization

$\ce{NO}$ can't dimerize and that is explained because the free electron is in an antibonding orbital. The same is true for $\ce{NO2}$, but it can dimerize, how?
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Calorimetry | Heat produced VS Change of enthalpy

There are two questions on the same test paper. Calculate the amount of heat energy, $q$, produced in the reaction Find the change of heat ($-q$). I'm not sure whether or not they mean the same ...
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Why cellphone batteries are still bad?

There are constantly new features in cellphones over the years, but it seems like batteries are not getting any better. Why is that?
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Counting Nodal Planes in cyclopropane

The energy of molecule orbitals increases with more nodal planes. W1 (in the attached picture) has no nodal plane. I'd like to know how to draw the nodal planes in cyclopropane molecule orbitals but ...
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Determining covalent bond strengths without hybridisation

Assuming pure $\ce{2s}$ and $\ce{2p}$ orbitals of carbon are used in forming $\ce{CH4}$ molecule, which of the following statements is false? (single choice question) Three $\ce{C-H}$ bonds ...
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Chemical bonding - lattice energy

Question: Why is ionic lattice energy inversely proportional to the radius of the atom? Most heterogeneous covalent molecules are polar to some extent. The degree of polarity, or the dipole moment, ...
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Is there a possible effect of low frequency mechanical vibration on the stability of organic molecules

Is there a possible theoretical effect of mechanical vibration on the stability of organic molecules. E.g. some medicines degrade if they are not stored in a fridge, is there a theoretical ...
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Is Bond Formation “Strictly” Exothermic?

Is bond formation "strictly" exothermic? The IUPAC definition of exothermic doesn't make any reference to bond formation. However, I have seen the aforementioned statement before - that bond formation ...
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Does any element have nutritional (caloric) value?

Is there any single element (e.g. possibly carbon) that can be eaten, which has nutritional value in that it provides calories? I found on Wikipedia that http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dietary_element ...
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Why is the equilibrium constant wrong for this Gibbs free energy problem?

Solid $\ce{NaHCO3}$ is heated to 90°C. At equilibrium the total pressure of the gases produced is 0.545 atm. Calculate $\ce{ΔG°}$ at 90°C for the reaction $\ce{2 NaHCO3(s) ⇌ Na2CO3(s) + H2O(g) + ...
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How much heat is gained/released based off of equation?

Using this equation, $\ce{CaCl2(s) -> Ca^{2+}(aq) + 2Cl^{-}(aq)}$ and $\Delta H = - 325.0 \; kJ $ If you have 15.0 grams of the solid, how much heat is released or gained in kilojoules?
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What are some good research topics for a high school student?

I absolutely love chemistry and I really want to take part in science fairs. I am also taking an AP chemistry class. Cleaner fuel and energy sources and air pollution (especially due to smog and ...
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Does covalent character increase or decrease bond strength?

On one hand, covalent character increases the bond dissociation enthalpy (i.e., more energy is needed to be put in) and on the other it lowers the melting point of $\ce{Al2O3}$ to a value lower then ...
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What is the energy change of ethene reacting with hydrogen gas?

$\ce{CH2CH2(g) + H2(g) -> CH3CH3(g)}$ Using this table, source: http://www.kentchemistry.com/images/links/Kinetics/TB08_003.GIF ...
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How much activation energy is required to combust propane?

According to WolframAlpha, the change in enthalphy in the combustion of propane is -2220 kJ/mol. How do I calculate the activation energy required start the reaction in the first place? Do you use the ...
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What exactly happens to mass during deuterium fusion?

I know that the mass of Helium-4 is slightly less than the mass of 2x Deuterium it may be made of and that it is the reason fusion gives a lot of energy. But where exactly is this missing mass taken ...
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A reversible exothermic reaction between a molecule in an excited triplet state and a reducing agent

Say I promote a molecule to a triplet state via repeated electronic excitation events. Here, this is going to mean that an electron from the HOMO level, originally with a spin-UP and spin-DOWN ...
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Is there a relation between the ionization energy and the electron affinity?

I am aware of the definition and equation of IE and EA. I was wondering if there is a direct relation between this two quantities with the energy of the neutral specie.
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Endothermic and exothermic reactions

Today, in class, I learned about the two reactions. I know connecting bond releases energy, and breaking it requires and aborb/ consumes energy. But on my reference table I, 2C+H2 yielding C2H2 ...
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When a thin lead sheet is hammered, what happens to internal energy

When a thin lead sheet is hammered, what happens to internal energy, does it increase, decrease or remains the same or first increases and then decreases?
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Could this be a feasible fuel system?

First off, please forgive me, I am a chemistry novice! Overall Process Fuel for the system is distilled water Split water into Hydrogen and Oxygen (electrolysis or similar process) Exhaust Oxygen ...
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Activated Complex Products/Reactants

We know that an activation complex is the temporary unstable compound formed when activation energy is reached. But what dictates whether the products are indeed going to be products or if they become ...
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Why is ionization energy measured in gaseous phase?

When I looked up the definition of ionization energy, it says:- it is the energy required to remove one electron from the shell to infinity in an atom in gaseous state. Why is it measured in ...
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Thermodynamic stability of benzene ring

In learned that when benzene undergoes hydrogenation, $208KJ$ of energy is given off and thus $152KJ$ less energy than what would be given off if Kekule's structure was correct. My confusion is that ...
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Difficult calorimetry problems?

I figured out how to do all of the calorimetry problems except for the last few, which are the hardest of the bunch. Assume there is no heat exchanged with the environment. A. 1250 kJ of energy are ...
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Intuitive understanding of standard electrode potential

I have read many books on standard electrode potential and they define the term in various ways but I just can't seem to get an intuitive idea of it... $Cu^2+ 2e^- \longrightarrow Cu$ Standard ...
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How do I distinguish internal energy and enthalpy?

I am finding it hard to distinguish between the two. Can someone explain the two terms and the difference between them? I tried learning from Wikipedia, but it said for both the above terms that it ...
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Enthalpy change in an adiabatic system

This is a Chemistry GRE Question. Which of the following must be true for adiabatic processes? $C_v = C_p$ $\Delta H = 0$ $\Delta U = 0$ $\Delta S = 0$ $q = 0$ The answer is q = 0. From what I ...
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Where do the electrons not in the S1 orbital get this “extra energy” from?

In this video, Sal Khan says that an electron reaches a higher energy state if the electron possesses more energy. So I assume that, say in the case of carbon, the electrons not in the S1 orbital have ...
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Difference between sodium ion and a transition metal ion dissolving in water?

In class, I learned that when $\ce {NaCl}$ is dissolved in water, the partially negative oxygen part of the water molecules surround the Na+ ion and energy is given off (hydration enthalpy) Likewise, ...
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When temperature is decreased, why do reactions occur at all?

I admit that my knowledge of collision theory may be lacking, but, as I understand it, when particles collide, a reaction will not occur without overcoming the activation energy. That being said, as ...
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Does minimizing ANY type of energy ALWAYS predict a state of equilibrium?

My intuition says no, but I am having trouble coming up with concrete examples. I know that minimizing Gibbs free energy predicts a state of equilibrium, while minimizing kinetic or internal energy ...
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In nuclear chemistry, how does a neutron split to form a proton and an electron?

I'm studying radioisotopes at the moment and balancing nuclear reactions isn't making sense in that more matter is coming out of the equation in negative β decay equations : ...
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Volume of gas needed to heat air in room

How much methane gas ($\text{cm}^3$) is required heat $150~\text{m}^3$ of air by $10~^\circ\text{C}$? Please help! I thought this wouldn't be too difficult but I've been stuck for at least an hour ...
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X-ray fluorescence: where do expelled electrons go?

I'm studying the XRF method cause I'm about to use a WDXRF spectrometer at college so I'm getting all the information about the physics and chemistry behind it. I'm just curious about one thing, as ...
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Reversibility, and ratio of products and reactants

I'm reading a book on molecular biology but the chemistry part is getting me confused. If more reactants are added to a reversible reaction, the reaction will proceed toward products until an ...
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Can a battery powered by iron and air really provide a feasible power source for automobiles?

I'm referring to the Shuttle Battery recently announced (read more on it here) that suggests that: The energy density of the device is up to 7,700 Wh/L. It is more than 5 times higher than ...
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thermochemistry - energy and enthalpy of different substances in water

I conducted an experiment in which I added Sodium Nitrate, Potassium Nitrate, Potassium Chloride, and Sodium Hydroxide - all separately into water - then measured the temperature change of each. The ...
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Is it customary to express heat loss as a negative number?

In my chemistry class, we had a problem akin to the following: If an object with mass bla and specific heat bla is placed into a bla g calorimeter with an initial temperature of bla and a specific ...
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How should I calculate the heat capacity of a calorimeter in this problem?

I've looked at the other similarly worded questions but I can't seem to make heads or tails out of them. So here's my case. I need to find the heat capacity of the calorimeter (in Joule/degree ...
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Characteristics of a methane combustion chamber? (direct injection)

While I've found several combustion chamber descriptions, it's been impossible to find anything about a methane one (direct injection). Could anyone please point me to any article or resource where I ...