# Questions tagged [concentration]

The concentration characterizes the composition of a mixture with respect to the volume of the mixture. There are mass, amount, number and volume concentrations. Related and within the scope of this tag are normality, molality, mole fraction/ratio, mass fraction/ratio.

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### Is 1 ppb equal to 1 μg/kg?

In an article I recently submitted, a reviewer asked that I provide a concentration in μg/kg instead of ppb (parts per billion), and mentions that the later is not correct. I am not a chemist, and I ...
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### What was the lithium concentration in 1940's 7-Up?

I just came across this article in the New York Times, where lithium (or more correctly, lithium salts), a known anti-depressant had been added to beverages in the 1940's. They also mention that a ...
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### Is it possible to achieve a level of "truly zero" concentration? [duplicate]

If we take some aqueous solution and dilute it further and further, will the concentration of the solution ever get to zero? I would say no, simply because total dilution implies that all the ...
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### Why is active mass of a pure solid or liquid always taken as unity?

Active mass is defined as the molar concentration ie. number of Gram-moles per litre. My book then wrote Active mass of pure solid/liquid is always 1 . The book reasoned that Molar ...
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### Why do some solutions eventually stop boiling and start "popping" as they get more concentrated?

A very long time ago I performed an experiment in my kitchen, part of which was to remove all water from a solution. Unfortunately I don't remember what was in it, but the point is that as the ...
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### What is the difference between molarity and concentration?

I learned these two words in school but still I don't understand what the difference is between them. From my understanding, molarity and concentration means the number of moles in a certain solution. ...
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### What is active mass?

I'm aware of the fact that active mass is defined as the molarity of a substance, but my textbook states that "Active masses are dimensionless quantities but for our purposes we generally take them ...
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### What is the point of using molality when we have molarity?

Molality and molarity are both concentration terms. Given molarity's popularity molality seems rather antiquated. Why is molality still discused in modern chemistry classes?
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### What do curly brackets {} mean?

I learned that square brackets ex: $[\ce{H2O}]$ can be used to denote the concentration of water molecules in a fluid. The notation used much in equilibrium problems and such. However, sometimes I ...
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### Is there a name for this algorithm to calculate the concentration of a mixture of two solutions containing the same solute?

There is an algorithm called "Mischungskreuz" (German for "x of mixing") that is sometimes taught as a shortcut to figure out the following problem: You have two solutions that ...
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### How do I calculate the concentration of sulphuric acid by a titration experiment with sodium hydroxide?

In my latest chem lab the objective was to create a primary standard of $\ce{NaOH}$ and use it to determine the concentration of sulfuric acid. The first part of the lab was determine the molarity of ...
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### Why do solutions become saturated?

Why can a solvent dissolve only a particular amount of solute? If we add more solute to the solution, the number of solute particles in contact with water increases. So rate of dissolution should ...
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### Does concentration of salt increase or decrease rate of rusting?

I want to know whether increasing the concentration of salt, specifically $\ce{NaCl}$, increases or decreases the rate of rusting. There are conflicting theories that explain opposite outcomes: ...
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### Etymology of "normality"

Why the concentration of a solution expressed in gram equivalent weights of solute per litre of solution is termed as "normality" ? Does it have anything to do with the word "normal" ?
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### What is the difference between chemical equilibrium and dynamic equilibrium?

Is chemical equilibrium and dynamic equilibrium the same thing? Both point to the reversible reactions and no net changes in the concentrations of product and reactant. Dynamic equilibrium from ...
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### Representing woody biomass concentration for kinetic reactions

Woody biomass is composed of cellulose, hemicellulose, and lignin components. The following diagram provides representative formulas for each component: Biomass can be represented by it's density, ...
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### Protons and osmotic potential

In a hypothetical enclosed membrane only permeable to water (including hydronium), where inside the pH is lower than the outside, would water move inside?
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### How to approximate the pH of a box of water molecules with one proton?

I have a cubic box of length $L = 12.42\ \mathrm{\overset{\circ}A}$, containing $60\ \ce{H2O}$ molecules and $1\ \ce{H+}$ ion. How can I approximate the $\mathrm{pH}$ of the system? Following the ...
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### How to calculate the concentration based on dilution of a stock solution?

One of my exam questions is about lipstick and calculating the amount of lithium in the lipstick by AAS. The determination took place by making standard solutions with known concentrations of lithium. ...
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### How to increase the concentration of HCl

Today I have purchased some $\ce{HCl(aq)}$ on my local market with a concentration of 23%. However, I need to obtain a concentration of 37% in order to perform an experiment. Can I use distillation ...
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### How can a substance be diluted to nothing?

If I start with a small amount of a substance, and I dilute that substance with billions of gallons of water, what is the scientific explanation for there being no (actually zero) remaining molecules ...
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### Relationship between molar mass and density in solids

In ideal gases, it's pretty clear that 1 mole of gas occupies 22.4 L at STP. By knowing this, it's easy to calculate density given molar mass. However, this isn't true for solids. If I know molar mass ...
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