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How do I get the solubility from the solubility product? [closed]

The solubility product, $\mathrm{K_{sp}}$, of iron(III) hydroxide is $4 \cdot 10 ^{-38}$ at $\mathrm{25 ^\circ C}$. Calculate the solubility of $\ce{Fe(OH)3}$ in $\mathrm{mol/L}$
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Is glycerol/glycerin soluble in ethanol?

As titled, I wish to know if glycerol/glycerin is soluble in ethanol (not soluble, slightly soluble, very soluble)
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Ksp from total concentration [closed]

I am really stuck with this question, anyones help would be greatly appreciated :) The total concentration of dissolved ions in a saturated solution of calcium hydroxide, $\ce{Ca(OH)2}$, at 25 °C was ...
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Why can't saliva clean “stickiness”?

Why is it that when you consume something that is sugary-sticky (like candy, chocolate, fruit juice, etc.) and get it on your skin, when you try to clean it off with saliva (particularly, ...
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Caclulating the Solubility of Fluorite in River Water

I am attempting to work through problems in Chapter 4 of Brunlow's 1979 Geochemistry text. The question is "Calculate the solubility of fluorite in river water with the average composition given in ...
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What chemical substance is obtained by dissolving C60 in olive oil?

What chemical substance/component would be obtained of dissolving Carbon-60 in olive oil? Would buckminsterfullerene (bucky-ball) change its spherical fullerene structure (a soccer ball) into ...
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Why has lithium bromide a slight solubility in organic solvents?

Why has lithium bromide a slight solubility in organic solvents? Theoretical, LiBr is an ionic compounds, so it should be only soluble in polar solvent like water. But why is it soluble in others?
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Why is sand that insoluble?

Why is sand that insoluble? Sand is a polar molecule but does not dissolve in water. Is it because of the big structure that sand makes?
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How do you explain pKa to non professional?

Let's say we have substance A which was mixed with substance B to improve shelf-life because pKa of the substance A is 7.9 and in mix the pH is 5.2. Does this mean that in the solution with pH near 8 ...
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How to dissolve candle wax (parafin)?

Wikipedia states, that waxes can be dissolved by non-polar organic solvents. But I failed to disolve candle wax in both acetone and ethanol, which are the only organic solvents I have at home. I have ...
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Why doesn't calcium carbonate dissolve in water even though it is an ionic compound?

I studied the solubility of compounds in water. I have found that calcium carbonate doesn't dissolve in water. The teacher stated that the ionic compounds dissolve in water except some carbonates. ...
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Does solubility matter when measuring density with displacement method?

I thought I understood this, but I'm having some doubts now. My question is quite simple: Can the volume of a solid (specifically a granular crystal or powder) be accurately determined using the ...
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What to do about a un-dissolved substance?

To exterminate a coackroach infestation, I bought solid boric acid (in powder form). Rather than awaiting the cockroaches' encounter with the boric acid, I thought about spraying boric acid onto ...
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When I dissolve sugar in my cup of tea/coffee, does it become a liquid or gas, or neither?

When I dissolve sugar in my cup of tea/coffee, does the sugar go from being a solid to being a liquid or a gas, or neither? Related: What keeps the sugar suspended in the tea?
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How can I presume what dissolves what?

Regarding solvents, the only thing I remember from school is my teacher saying: "The same dissolves the same." regarding the polar/non-polar solvents. From this I understand that water is polar ...
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What are the uses of a mixture of chloroform and N2 gas?

What are the uses of a mixture of chloroform and $\ce{N2}$ gas? Also, what are the uses of a mixture of camphor and $\ce{N2}$ gas?
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Why won't increasing the temperature increase the solubility of a gas in a liquid solvent?

If I raise the temperature of a solution of a gas in a liquid solvent, why won't the solubility increase? Increasing the pressure will increase the solubility, but increasing the pressure doesn't ...
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How to calculate the solubility product for PbS from galvanic potential?

Knowing that at 25°C the following galvanic cell: $$\ce{Pb~|~Pb(NO_3)_2~1M~||~PbS~saturated~|~Pb}$$ shows an $\mathrm{EMF} =0,413~\mathrm{V}$, find the $K_{sp}$ of $\ce{PbS}$. My Approach This ...
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Does CO2 dissolution in different salt concentrations affects the amount of carbonic acid formed?

We have a school experiment, where I must report on the following question: Does salinity affect the solubility of $\ce{CO2}$ in saltwater? So we selected four different concentrations of salt ...
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How to produce hot water-soluble soap balls? What is their chemical background? What about medical capsules?

There are water-soluble balls for soap baths. Then there are medical capsules that disappear in mouth. Is it possible do this kind of capsules and water-soluble containers at home? If not, what do I ...
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Why don't plus one oxidation state metals form stable complexes with hydroxide ion?

For example, why doesn't AgOH exist as a stable compound? I read that it rapidly decomposes to silver oxide and water. $\ce{2AgOH -> Ag2O + H2O}$ $~~~~~~~~~pK_{decomposition}= 2.875$ ...
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Ionic compounds dissolve in nonpolar compounds?

I think ionic compounds dissolve in just about any compound including nonpolar. My reasoning is this: Neutral electric charge attracts both positive and negative(This I know from doing things with ...
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What is the Solubility of Common Noble Gases in Concentrated Phosphoric Acid, 85% w/v?

By Henry's Law, the concentration of a dissolving gas in a liquid is proportional to the partial pressure of that gas in contact with the liquid , mathematically, $ p = k_H c$, where $p$ is the ...
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What is the reason for the different solubility of silver halides in ammonia?

According to my knowledge, I know that $\ce{AgCl}$ dissolves in dilute ammonia, $\ce{AgBr}$ dissolves in concentrated ammonia and $\ce{AgI}$ does not dissolve even with concentrated ammonia. What is ...
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Can one reduce solubility of NaCl by adding CO2 under pressure? Will the salt fall out of solution?

One can salt CO2 out of solution by adding salt to carbonated water. Can one do the reverse? If one adds more and more CO2 to the water under pressure, can you drive out the salt?
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If CO2 is nonpolar how come much more dissolves in water than O2?

Why is it that $\ce{CO2}$ is considerably more soluble in water than $\ce{O2}$ is? $\ce{CO2}$ is nonpolar but dissolves in water which like $\ce{CO2}$ being nonpolar, doesn't make any sense. Is it ...
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What does the hydrolysis of a salt tell us about its basic/acidic character?

I'm curious to know how basicity and acidity arises when a salt or covalent compound is dissolved in water.
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Calculating the molar mass of a solute from freezing point

A 4.305-g sample of a nonelectrolyte is dissolved in 105 g of water. The solution freezes at -1.23C. Calculate the molar mass of the solute. Kf for water = 1.86C/m. My steps: 1.23=1.86 * x/1.05 ...
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Which is more soluble in water and why: K₂HPO₄ or CaHPO₄?

If I dissolve $\ce{K_2HPO_4}$ and $\ce{CaHPO_4}$ in water (two different reactions), the latter shows better solubility. Is it because $\ce{Ca^{2+}}$ has ha higher valence of $2$ than $\ce{K^+}$, ...
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What is the difference between a bond, force, and interaction?

I am trying to explain why some solids are more soluble in water than others: So the energy released from the formation of bonds between the solid solute molecules and water molecules compensate the ...
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Is there a readily available liquid that's more dense than water and insoluble?

I am looking for any liquid that does not dissolve in water with higher density and does not react with water, one that is readily available.
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Removing prenylated phenolics from clothing, shoes, and upholstery

I live in Southern California and sometimes hike in areas that can be overgrown with a plant called purple poodle-dog bush. As I found out the first time I went crashing through a stand of the stuff, ...
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Finding the initial concentration

The solubility product of $\ce{AgBr}$ is $7.7 \cdot 10^{-13}\:\mathrm{mol^2/L^2}$. What was the initial concentration of $\ce{AgNO3}$ solution, if the precipitation of $\ce{AgBr}$ appears after the ...
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Why does the solubility of Group II hydroxides increase and the solubility of sulphates decrease down the group?

I know that, solubility of alkaline earth metal hydroxides increases down the group and solubility of alkaline earth metal sulfates decreases down the group. Would you please explain me the reason ...
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Solubility of p-nitrophenol in various substances?

So I had an organic chemistry lab where we had to dissolve p-nitrophenol in water, dilute $\ce{NaHCO3}$, dilute $\ce{NaOH}$, and dilute $\ce{HCl}$ to test for solubility. The p-nitrophenol dissolved ...
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How much carbonation is in one liter of commercial fountain coke-cola

From what I understand generally coke is carbonated to roughly 6.2g per liter in bottles and cans, or 3.1 volumes of CO2. I was watching this video because I was curious about how fountain soda ...
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Memorising exceptions for soluble salts

My daughter has a chemistry exam on Tuesday. She is doing quite well with her revision except for the following table which she is having difficulty remembering. Does anyone know of an easy way to ...
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Why are many silver salts insoluble?

For example, silver chloride, silver sulfide, and silver oxide are three exceedingly stable silver salts in water solution. Why is it that silver forms such stable salts? Does this have to do with ...
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Is there a good sol gel method for carbon nanotube thin film deposition?

I was searching for a sol gel method for deposition of carbon nanotube thin films and there aren't too many articles on that. Does anybody know the reason? Is it because Carbon nanotubes are ...
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CuI, CuSCN Solubility in Ammonia Solution

I am trying to dissolve copper(I) iodide and copper(I) thiocyanate in ammonia. I am quite sure that they both dissolve in liquid ammonia, and are insoluble in ethanol. If I were to purchase a 2.0M ...
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Permanent suspension of cocoa powder into water

I have failed in permanently suspending cocoa powder into water. I have tried heat (212'f) and pressure (40 psi) into a sugar water solution (50/50). Also, powdered milk and evaporated milk have ...
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Galvanic Element: Silver Iodide and Standard Hydrogen cell

I have to calculate the $\mathrm{p}\ce{H}$ of the $\ce{H+}$ solution with the following info: $\ce{Ag(s) | AgI(s) || H2(g)(1atm) | H+(aq) (X mol/L) | Pt(s)}$ $E=0.1\:\mathrm{V}$ Temperature ...
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Solvent for copper(I) iodide, copper(I) thiocyanate, silver iodide for HTM deposition; safety for methylammonium lead iodide

I'm a student working in a high school laboratory that is looking to pursue research into perovskite cells for next year, but I have some solubility and safety questions. What would be a good solvent ...
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A sample of tap water is found to be 0.025 M in Ca2+. If 105 mg of Na2SO4 is added to 100.0 mL of the tap water, will any CaSO4 precipitate?

Given: Ksp of CaSO4 is 7.10*10^-5 Molar mass of Na2SO4 is 142.04g/mol My Attempt: Step 1 - figure out molar solubility of CaSO4 √7.10*10^-5 = 8.43*10^-3M Step 2 - convert Na2SO4 from mass ...
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How to break down soap and detergents?

I am building a greywater harvesting system. I have all of it designed except one aspect. It is a 3 phase system. The first phase breaks down soap and detergents. The second phase filters the water. ...
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How can I check if this mystery compound is strontium bromide?

Trying to identify a mystery compound, here are some of my notes, I'm trying to get a second opinion on what it might be! Observations Appears as a white powder, some chunks are formed, sticking to ...
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Which of the following has highest solubility in water?

Which of the following has highest solubility in water? A. $ Ca(OH)_2 $ B. $ Fe(OH)_3 $ C. $ Cr(OH)_3 $ D. $ Zn(OH)_2 $ And also please explain how can we predict their solubilities when we are ...
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Relation between solubility and temperature

The plot of solubility of some salts against temperature is given on the right. A salt like $\ce{NaCl}$ can be recovered fully, when dissolved in a solvent and the solvent is removed by evaporation. ...
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The solubility of haloalkanes in water

Haloalkanes aren't very soluble in water because they can't form hydrogen bonds, and the energy required to break hydrogen bonds in water etc is higher than the energy released when new bonds between ...
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Why does sodium sulfate have an unusual solubility-temperature curve?

For many salts there are solubility curves as a function of temperature that are smooth (don't have any kinks). Sodium sulfate, however, has a kink in the solubility-T curve at 30 degrees as shown ...