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Questions tagged [aqueous-solution]

For questions relating to compounds dissolved in water and resulting reactions.

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Why doesn't frozen sugar solution taste sweet?

I'll try to make this as brief as possible: Dissolved two teaspoons of table sugar (sucrose) in about 250ml water. Sipped it, and as expected it tasted sweet. I let the rest of it sit in the freezer ...
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Which “exotic salt” can lower water's freezing point by 70 °C?

The Medium.com article Mars Phoenix Lander, 10 Years Later shows several remarkable images and discoveries on Mars by the Mars Phoenix Lander circa 2008. One image (shown below) shows what looks like ...
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Why is water “the universal” solvent?

This is an old question that our textbook tried to answer but worsened the situation. Many things are soluble in water. So many, that studying solutions will always require studying aqueous ones. It ...
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Why do salts such as NaCl dissolve?

If we look at solubility of salts in water, we are told that they disassociate, because the positive $\ce{Na}$ ion is attracted to the partially negative oxygen in water and the negative $\ce{Cl}$ is ...
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Why did the Rio 2016 pool water turn green?

One of the swimming pools at Rio 2016 Olympics has turned green: While proliferation of algae is a likely culprit, there have been some alternative explanations offered by local organizers. CNN has ...
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Why is AgCl less soluble than AgNO₃?

Related: Reaction between silver nitrate and aluminum chloride Experimentally, $\ce{AgCl}$ is insoluble in water, but $\ce{AgNO3}$ is soluble. They're pretty common in a lab (well, $\ce{AgCl}$ is a ...
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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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What software can calculate aqueous solution equilibria?

What software is available out there to calculate the equilibrium in a set of reactions in aqueous solution? In particular, I'm interested in software general enough to simulate things like titration ...
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Can other substances be dissolved in a saturated solution?

If I have a liter of water fully saturated with sucrose would it be possible to dissolve something like salt or any other substance in the water? Or when the solution is saturated, is it impossible to ...
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Why does solubility of solids sometimes decrease with temperature increase?

Recently I was researching $\ce{Ca(OH)_2}$, and I found this on Wikipedia: \begin{array}{|c|l|}\hline {\rm \color{blue}{Solubility~in~water}} & {\mathrm{0.189\,g/100\,mL}\ (0\,^\circ\mathrm{...
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Stability of H⁺ ion

I know that $\ce{H+}$ is not possible in water and it is present as $\ce{H3O+}$. But later on I come to know that even $\ce{H3O+}$ is not possible and that it is present as $\ce{H9O4+}$. Why does this ...
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Deliquescence/efflorescence: How can I convert between salt concentration and RH?

I am looking at two phase diagrams, one has axes of $T$ and $\%\ce{MgClO4}$ in a $\ce{H2O-MgClO4}$ mix, and the other has axes of $T$ and relative humidity. The authors of the second phase diagram say ...
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How much can the pH change through dilution?

Consider an acidic solution with Hydrogen ion concentration, $\ce{[H+]}$ of $10^{-5}\:\mathrm{M}$. Since $\:\mathrm{pH} = -\log \ce{[H+]}$ the $\:\mathrm{pH}$ of solution is $5$. Suppose we dilute ...
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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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Why doesn't the boiling point of an aqueous solution depend on intermolecular attraction?

I understand that boiling point is a colligative property for aqueous solutions, and that it empirically depends on the mole fraction of the solute, rather than the identity of the solute. I ...
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pH probe bulb - what is happening within the glass?

I am trying to understand how the glass bulb of a pH electrode of a pH meter works - the glass bulb itself. Not the reference electrode or the rest of the electrode (HCl, Ag/AgCl wire, etc...), the ...
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If caffeine is an alkaloid, why is coffee acidic?

I have just put together on my mind these two facts: caffeine is an alkaloid and brewed coffee is slightly acidic (pH = 5). My Biology teacher and my Chemistry teacher could not elaborate satisfying ...
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Why does hand sanitizer turn into a liquid after coming out of the bottle?

Hand sanitizer is a gel in its bottle, but when I pour it on my palm, it turns into a free flowing liquid. Why does that happen? It doesn't turn to a liquid when I pour it on my floor or my table. ...
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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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Reaction mechanism in fluoride adsorption to aluminum oxide

Despite a fair amount of research (excluding non-open access journals, to which I have not got access), I cannot seem to find an explanation of the process that takes place when $\ce{F^-}$ adsorbs to ...
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Differentiation between zinc, aluminium, and magnesium ions in solution

If I have three aqueous ionic solutions in which I know that the cation is $\ce{Al^3+}$, $\ce{Mg^2+}$, or $\ce{Zn^2+}$, how do I find out which is which? I was thinking to add $\ce{OH-}$ in the form ...
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Why is it not dangerous to dissolve NaCl?

$$\ce{H2O~(l) + NaCl~(s) ->[\Delta] Na+~(aq) + Cl^{-}~(aq)}$$ When table salt is placed in water, it dissolves due to the polarity of water molecules. When solvation takes place, negatively polar ...
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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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Copper Chloride: neutralizing and disposal

I plan on etching some PCBs with hydrochloric acid and hydrogen peroxide, which will therefore produce some kind of copper chloride (green color) which is highly toxic if released into the ...
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Would sodium explode in salt water?

I’ve seen the video etc of sodium being put into freshwater and the reaction of flames/small explosion but I wonder if the same reaction would occur if conducted in salt water such as the ocean.
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Why are indicators used only in the form of dilute solutions?

Why are indicators used only in the form of dilute solutions? I get that indicators are a form of weak acids themselves, and the extent of their dissociation varies with the pH of the solution they ...
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Is there any electronic component to water conductivity?

Answers to Decrease in temperature of a aqueous salt solution decreases conductivity indicate that the electrical conductivity of salt solutions arises from the mobility of ionic species and therefore ...
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Does the mass of sulfur really decrease when dissolved in water and increase when burnt?

I was going through a bunch of interesting science 'facts' and one entry went this way: Name an element whose mass decreases when it is dissolved in water and increases if it is burnt. I tried ...
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How can bromine water be called a solution?

Bromine water is a reagent which is used to test for unsaturation in organic compound. It is $2.8~\%$ bromine in water according to Wikipedia. But how is it made? This link describes the procedure ...
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How does the HCl-KCl Buffer work?

I have just been studying the $\ce{HCl}$-$\ce{KCl}$ 'buffer', but there are still quite a few things I am uncertain about. I would appreciate any help in clearing up some questions I have. What I ...
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Why aren't the copper(II) ions in CuSO4 precipitated by hydroxide ions from water?

From my own experience and literature, I know that $\ce{CuSO4}$ is well soluble in water and dissociates into $\ce{Cu^2+}$ and $\ce{SO4^2-}$. $\ce{Cu(OH)2}$, however, is not: $K_\mathrm{sp} = 2 \cdot ...
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Relative acidity of aqueous LiF, SnCl2, and YCl3

Which one of the following salts make the highest and lowest pH when dissolved in water? $$\ce{LiF, SnCl2, YCl3}$$ My approach was : considering the corresponding aqua acids, the order of acidity ...
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Acid-base equilibrium of NH4CN

I'm having difficulties understanding this problem. We have in the problem that $K_\mathrm a$ for $\ce{HCN} = 6.2\cdot10^{-10}$ and $K_\mathrm b$ for $\ce{NH3} = 1.8\cdot10^{-5}$. Write chemical ...
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How could alcohol be made into a powder?

In the news recently is 'Palcohol', powdered alcohol, that you add to water or existing liquids to make it alcohol. Presumably this would dissolve and break apart into alcohol and {some other compound}...
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Why does the ionic product of water remain constant after addition of non-neutral solute?

In my textbook, it is given that the ionic product of water $K_\mathrm{w}$ remains constant even when a non-neutral solute such as an acid is added to it. $$K_\mathrm{w} = \ce{[H3O+][OH-]}$$ When a ...
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Solubility of gold salt solution?

I was wondering what salts of gold are soluble and which are insoluble. From what I understand, silver is soluble as silver nitrate but insoluble as most other common salts like chlorides and ...
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Ionic compound having highest solubility in water

Which ionic compound has highest solubility in water? I can find CsBr having highest solubility with 1230 g/L at 25 °C. Note: compounds like ethanol are soluble to any extent in water, but they are ...
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What happens to the bleach after mopping?

At home, I clean the tiled floors by mopping with highly diluted bleach. After mopping, I let the floor dry. What happens to the acid in the bleach? Will it crystallize on the floor, stay there ...
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What acid can dissolve thorium dioxide?

In one of my projects (which is about alpha-voltaic cells, don't worry, I know that thorium isn't a strong alpha source, it's only for measurements) I would need to get water soluble thorium compound ...
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What visual observations can confirm that a reactant is the limiting reagent?

I have this lab question for the lab called Copper Collection Stoichiometry, where we choose an amount of the limiting reagent (iron) for a reaction between copper (II) sulfate and iron. We are to ...
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Can sodium bicarbonate be considered an acid?

I was reading about acids and bases today and finally decided to question the statement that "baking soda is a base." Let's start with the dissolving of baking soda, $\ce{NaHCO3}$. The equation to ...
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What is the white substance left behind after boiling down water

I was boiling down water in a stainless steel pot as an experiment the other day. When the water was completely vaporised, a white substance was left behind on the bottom of the pot. I tried rubbing ...
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How can we tell the particle size of solutes in solutions?

This is a general question in regard to solutes dissolving into solvents. I am interested in the reality of the particle size of the solute during dissolution. For example, take $\ce{NaCl}$ and ...
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'Emulating' calcium hydroxide

I posed this question at the Seasoned Advice SE and thought I might get some more information here. Traditionally prepared corn is cooked in a calcium hydroxide solution to make it more digestible, ...
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Why do some substances ionize instead of dissolving in water?

My question can also be understood as what make something electrolyte or nonelectrolyte? I think this question stems mainly from my confusion with the definitions of ionizing and dissolving. ...
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Vapor Pressure Paradox

This is quite an interesting situation I had thought of. Consider two beakers, each containing $\pu{180 g}$ of water. Also, suppose one of the two has $\pu{1.8 g}$ of glucose dissolved in it. Let's ...
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Which species dissociate completely in ionic equations?

I am tasked with writing a molecular equation, an overall ionic equation, and a net ionic equation for the reaction between an aqueous solution of phosphoric acid, $\ce{H3PO4{(aq)}}$ and an aqueous ...
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How to calculate the equilibration time of two connected chambers of salt solution, initially at different concentrations?

I am trying to build a system of two connected chambers, one of which is also connected to a cuvette, so I can perform a spectrometry experiment with different concentrations of $\ce{KNO3}$ solution. ...
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How to calculate the pH of an acetic acid/ calcium acetate buffer?

Problem: A buffer was made by mixing $\pu{500 mL}$ of $\pu{1 M}$ acetic acid and $\pu{500 mL}$ of $\pu{0.5 M}$ calcium acetate. What are the resulting concentrations of acetic acid (henceforth ...
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Why does Dead Sea water feel greasy?

The best explanation I found so far is this: These salts (magnesium, potassium, sodium, etc.) are responsible for the "greasy" feel of the water. But it doesn’t say which salts exactly are ...