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How to keep magnesium hydroxide suspended in water?

How do I keep 8 g of $\ce{Mg(OH)2}$ suspended in 100 mL of water? Milk of magnesium purchased from the store has $\ce{Mg(OH)2}$ well suspended in the bottles. When I make it, the $\ce{Mg(OH)2}$ ...
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How can I get create complex metal ion solution such that the majority of the central metal ions only have one specific ligand?

I'm looking for a way to have the ligand, Chloride ion, datively bond with Copper Sulphate. I understand it is as simple as creating a solution of Hydrochloric Acid and dissolving Copper Sulphate ...
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How much carbonation is in one liter of commercial fountain Coca-Cola

From what I understand generally Coke is carbonated to roughly 6.2 g 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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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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Why does tetrachlorocuprate(II) form in aqueous solution even though water should be the stronger ligand? [closed]

In aqueous solution, $\ce{Cu^{2+}}$ forms the $\ce{[Cu(H2O)6]^2+}$ complex. Given that water is a stronger ligand than $\ce{Cl-}$, though, why does why does the $\ce{[CuCl4]^2-}$ complex form upon ...
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Evaluate mass of salt needed to add to a buffer solution knowing only pH

This is an exercise taken from an old exam, I'm struggling with the resolution. To a solution of a generic weak acid $\ce{HA}$ were added $\pu{2.40 g}$ of a potassium salt of the $\ce{KA}$. The ...
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How to make rheoscopic fluid using glycol stearate flakes

Rheoscopic fluid can be made by adding mica powder to water. I read that mica powder can settle and condense after sitting around for a long time. So I want to use glycol stearate flakes instead. ...
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If acyl chlorides are reacted with aqueous ammonia, will carboxylic acids also be formed?

As part of my A-level chemistry course, I have been taught that an acyl chloride will react violently with water to produce a carboxylic acid and hydrochloric acid. I have also been taught that an ...
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How to balance this redox reaction taking place in a basic medium?

How to balance this reaction which is taking place in a basic medium? $$\ce{Al + MnO4- -> MnO2 + Al(OH)4-}$$ My Attempt Reduction half reaction: $$ \begin{align} \ce{4 H+ + MnO4- + 3 e- &-&...
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What is the net ionic equation of the following?

Aqueous chlorine is added to a solution of aluminum bromide in a single replacement reaction which forms no precipitate and bromine liquid. Determine the net ionic equation. Since this is a single ...
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Dependence of Osmotic Effects on Particle Size

van't Hof's equation for osmotic pressure is derived with the assumption, among others, that the particle size of the solute is comparable to the particles size of the solvent. It holds well so long ...
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Is the water in an aqueous solution undergoing a reaction considered part of the system or surroundings?

System: In chemistry, a system is a chemical reaction. A system operates within its surroundings. Energy can move between the two. Surroundings: The environment around a particular chemical reaction....
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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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Gas solution - State of matter

When a gas is dissolved in water does the state of gas changes ? We write it as aqueous but what is the state that exists ? does it has the properties of gases when it is dilluted ?
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If I mix carbon dioxide and sodium hydroxide in the right amounts in water, do I get baking soda?

Suppose I need a sodium bicarbonate solution (for non-food related reasons). Can I get something resembling it by mixing $\ce{NaOH}$ and $\ce{CO2}$ in water? Of course one should not attempt to make ...
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How to figure out which substance has the highest osmotic pressure? [closed]

In preparing for an exam and I'm trying to solve the following question. I'm clueless. What should I do? Which of the following water solutions has the highest osmotic pressure? \begin{align} \...
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Is there a database which give reaction constant?

For instance, I have a chemical reaction like : $$\ce{Fe^{2+} + $0.5$O2 + H^{+} ->Fe^{3+} + $0.5$ H2O}$$ And I would like to use Action-Mass law, but I need to have equilibrium constant for this ...
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The density of an aqueous solution

Could the density of an aqueous solution be less than 1g/ml ? For an example, can 0.98g/ml be taken as a density for an aqueous sulphuric acid solution ?
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Quantity of base needed to neutralise litre of 36% HCl?

Sorry for asking a basic chemistry question. I last did this kind of chemistry at school about 30 years ago and I don't have confidence that I'd get it right from first principles :) Short version: ...
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Dielectric constant and dissolution of ionic salts

We say that salts like $\ce{NaCl}$ get easily dissolved in water because the dielectric constant of water is very high. I know the dielectric constant of water is 81 and if a salt is put into water ...
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Why can't alcohols turn blue litmus red?

I came across the fact that alcohols cannot turn blue litmus red. The fact confuses me as they are acidic and acids do turn blue litmus solution red. What prevents alcohols from turning blue litmus ...
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What component(s) of instant coffee make it deliquescent?

If I put small, separate piles of instant black coffee powder, sugar, powdered creamer, and even something very ionic like table salt out in humid air and come back in a few days, only the instant ...
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Every liquid is water [closed]

Is it that every liquid we see is water, with more or less of x substance? Example: urine is water with salt and minerals
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Lugol's iodine 5 % aqueous solution

There is Lugol's 5 % solution with 5 g of pure iodine and 7.5 g of potassium iodide. In one ml there should be 12.5 mg of iodine in sum. But there are suggestions telling that two drops of this ...
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What is a complete reaction?

For a lab assignment, I combined $\pu{10 mL}$ of $\pu{1 M}$ sodium sulfate solution with $\pu{10 mL}$ of $\pu{1 M}$ calcium chloride solution. The ionic equation I came up with is: $$\begin{multline} ...
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Why do nonmetal oxides react with water to form acidic compounds? [closed]

I am confused about the molecular basis by which nonmetal oxides react with water to form acidic compounds. For example, I understand that sulfur trioxide reacts with water to form sulfuric acid as ...
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Why don't ions form crystal lattices in water and other polar solvents?

Ionic compounds are in the form of crystal lattices, and when they are dissolved in a polar solvent, they are bonded with the corresponding cations/anions of the polar solvent. For example, $Na^+$ ...
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If you add AlCl3 to water, why does the pH decrease?

You are not adding any hydrogen ions, so why does the pH of the solution decrease? Thank you in advance. EDIT: I will add the context of my asking this question to clarify some details. This is not ...
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How to solve for concentration of two equilibrium reactions with finite equilibrium constants?

I have a small problem of equilibrium that I counldn't solve. I want the exact answer. No approximations please. $$ \begin{array}{ll} \ce{H2O + H2O <=> H3O+ + OH-} &\quad\left(K_w = 1\cdot ...
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How to dissolve white dextrin in water?

Dextrin is labelled as highly soluble in water. I have white dextrin (analytical from Sigma Aldrich). When I mix it in water, no matter how long I stir and how little dextrin I put, I get a suspension....
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Crystallisation problem

I have an aqueous solution of N,N-dimethylphenylalanine methyl ester hydrochloride and I need to crystallise it as a salt. I'm afraid of increasing the temperature or the concentration of acid due to ...
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How to calculate Debye length of a 2-1 electrolyte

I am given the Debye length to be 10nm for 0.001M KCl at 298K. I want to know its Debye length in 0.01M CaCl2. How can this be calculated? I know that for 1-1, the Debye length is inveresely ...
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How to calculate the final concentration of calcium ions from known starting masses of carbonate and calcium ions? [closed]

If $\pu{50.0 mg}$ of $\ce{CO3^2-}$ and $\pu{50.0 mg}$ of $\ce{Ca^2+}$ are present in one liter of water, what will be the final (equilibrium) concentration of $\ce{Ca^2+}$ expressed in moles per ...
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Dangers of expired bleach?

I have some unopened Clorox bleach bought over a year ago (at $8.25~\%\ \ce{NaOCl}$) and read on Wikipedia that bleach naturally decomposes according to $$\ce{3 NaOCl (aq) -> NaClO3 (aq) + 2 NaCl(...
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Why does saline have a pH of 5.5?

I am a physician and administer 0.9% NaCl in water ("normal saline") to patients frequently. The bag says it has a pH of 5.5 (compared to the human body of 7.4). I am asking why the pH is so low. It ...
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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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Advice on forming a 10% solution of Maltol

I’m having great trouble forming a 10% solution of Maltol. Specifically, I’m trying to dissolve 3 grams of Maltol in 27 grams of solvent. I’ve tried everything from Propylene Glycol, to Deionized ...
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Diluting methanol in water: is it exothermic?

Can someone explain in simple terms why does temperature increase when mixing water with methanol? I do not have a strong background in chemistry, but I usually have to mix both liquids (sometimes ...
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Insoluble salts and Gibbs free energy

Is it true that according to gibbs free energy equation, insoluble salts such as AgCl don't dissolve because the process would be too endothermic? The right side of the equation, TΔS, would have to be ...
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Degree of dissociation of acetic acid at infinite dilution

Afew drops of acetic acid are added to a large excess of water at $\pu{25 ^\circ C}$. In the limit of infinite dilution, what percentage of acid remains unionised? The $K_\mathrm{a}$ of acetic acid is ...
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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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Can the ions of dissolved salts be physically separated with a strong enough external electric field?

Say you had a arbitrary amount of sodium chloride dissolved in water. Could an external electric field (e.g. the electrically charged plates in Millikan's oil drop experiment) physically pull apart ...
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KCl + CuCl2 in solution, is there a reaction?

I'm wondering if the reaction of $\ce{KCl + CuCl2}$ in solution (aq) will produce any products (have a net ionic equation/solid precipitate)? Using the metal activity series, I see that potassium is ...
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Will a reverse osmosis membrane exclude perfluorobutanoic acid?

I recently did a water quality test and it showed a detectable level of perfluorobutanoic acid, a potentially dangerous carboxylate PFC. Will a reverse osmosis water purification system exclude this ...
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Reaction of soluble salts

If we were to mix two soluble salts together, for instance sodium nitrate and potassium chloride together, and their products are also soluble, will any reaction still occur? Say if we were to boil ...
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Wetting agent for H2O2 solution

I need to increase the wetting of an $\ce{H2O2}$ solution on ceramic surfaces. Does anyone know of a common chemical I can use for this? The properties it would ideally have are: Increases wetting ...
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vinegar + baking soda = yields far smaller volume of CO2 gas than calculation

I experimented CO2 generation by adding 4 g of 25% acetic acid water solution (=1g of acetic acid) to 1.4g of pure baking soda. But this mixture yielded only 50% less than the calculated amount 373 mL ...
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Will this reaction form magnesium carbonate?

I have magnesium oxide pills I take. I know if I dissolve them they'll form magnesium hydroxide, and I'm trying to make pure magnesium from my pills. I've come up with a double replacement reaction, ...
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How to determine if an unknown is potassium chloride or potassium bromate?

In class, we were given unknown substances. I've narrowed the possible substances down to either potassium chloride or potassium bromate. We were given several acids, indicators, and other chemicals (...
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How is tea affecting water's color?

Black tea is an amazing product of the green tea leaves. A recent study has proven that; The anion profile for the tea solution indicated that oxalate and citrate were the major anions detected. ...