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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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What do the different grades of chemicals mean?

When purchasing chemicals from Sigma, Fisher, or wherever, there are often -grade's attached to their description like reagent-grade, technical-grade, analytical-grade, or more niche-sounding biotech-...
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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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Why is the equilibrium constant defined that way intuitively?

Suppose we have chemical equation: $$\ce{ aA + bB <=> cC + dD }$$ then equilibrium constant is defined: $$K=\frac{[C]^c[D]^d}{[A]^a[B]^b}$$ but why don't we define it as: $$K=\frac{cd[C][D]...
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Why proton concentration is divided by 10⁻⁷?

I am reviewing the book Biochemistry Concepts and Connections by Appling, Cahill, and Mathews and I cannot understand why they divide by the hydrogen concentration by $10^{-7}$. Why not just leave it ...
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Quantifying soapiness; there's pH, pKa and pO2, is there a p_soap or p_surfactance?

Yes, $\mathrm{pH}$ is a concentration, $\mathrm{p}K_\mathrm{a}$ is a dissociation constant, and $\mathrm{pO_2}$ is a partial pressure. These are (roughly speaking) ways to indicate how much of a key ...
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Why is hydrochloric acid often sold as 33% concentration?

What is the historical perspective for the choice of 33% concentration that is often found in commercial sales of Hydrochloric acid? Is this the same reason we find sulfuric acid sold at 37% and ...
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How to find the mass of the solute given a concentration as a mass fraction?

Formalin is a $37\%~\mathrm{W/W}$ solution of methanal in water. What mass of water must be added to $250~\mathrm{g}$ of methanal to make formalin. Here's what I've done so far. It's wrong though. ...
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How should I modify my molecular dynamics simulation so that known chemical reactions can be modelled?

I have written some molecular dynamics code that I want to use to model known chemical reactions. By known I mean that it has been observed in a lab that $\ce{A +B->C}$. I am not interested in ...
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Relation between moles, molar mass and mass

You are asked to prepare a 0.8500 M solution of aluminum nitrate. You find that you have only 50.00 g of the solid. What is the maximum volume of solution that you can prepare? I'm confusing my molar ...
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Alkaline glycine buffer molarity

Having never prepared a buffer solution before, I am hoping for a little help in understanding the process. This method I plan to use calls for a $\pu{0.1M}$ glycine buffer at pH $10.6$. Some ...
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How to calculate the molarity of a gas?

If I have $X$ moles of a gas and I put them in a container at constant volume $V$, will the molarity of the gas then be $X/V$?
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Discrepancy when calulating mol weights with ChemSketch and Python RDKit

I am an IT guy with little knowledge of Chemistry, so please bear with me... For context: I am working with a system that has a lot of structures, their .mol files ...
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Temperature dependence of molarity and molality

My textbook says Molarity is dependent on temperature, whereas molality is not. I'm aware of the definitions of both molarity and molality, but consider this scenario: A solution of $\ce{NaCl}$ ...
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How do I create a concentrated solution of singlet oxygen (in the dark)?

Without appealing to reactions that require photons / light, how do chemists achieve a very high concentration of continually produced, though quite short lived, singlet oxygen in aqueous solution (i....
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Why is the ionic product of water not divided by the concentration of water?

I know the ionic product of water is $[\ce{H+}][\ce{OH-}]$, by following the equation: $$\ce{H2O <=> H+ + OH-}$$ But actually it's just another way of writing: $$\ce{2H2O <=> H3O+ + OH-}...
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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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Why is Ka constant when volume is increased?

The following graph shows $\ce{Ka}$ vs ${V}$ (Volume) at constant temperature, as ethanoic acid is diluted: However, I thought it would instead produce the following graph (see below). $\ce{Ka=[...
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How to interpret the instruction of the dilution of hydrogen peroxide?

I am required to prepare $\pu{120cm3}$ of hydrogen peroxide to each of one of my students tomorrow. Some material is given to me on the method of preparing the solutions. Within the method of ...
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Calculating the mass of acceptable carbon monoxide in a room

The acceptable concentration of $\ce{CO}$ in the air is $10\:\mathrm{mg/m}^3$. In a room that is $19\:\mathrm{m\times4.0\:m\times25\:m}$, what is the acceptable mass in kilograms of $\ce{CO}$? ...
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What is the lethal dose ( LD50 ) of coffee?

Of course, there are many types of coffee, so I would like a range of lethal dose amounts for the average human, from the mildest of lattes to the most hardcore of espressos. Pure caffeine's lethal ...
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Whose concentration is more 1 molar or 1 molal?

I was reading about concentration terms like molarity, molality, etc. and then I came across a question: which concentration is more: 1M(molar) of solute x dissolved in water vs. 1m(molal) of solute ...
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How to convert P2O5 concentration to H3PO4 concentration?

Why are some elements such as phosphorus reported as $\ce{P2O5}$ concentrations when the materials have no $\ce{P2O5}$ in them. I would like an explanation of how the conversion is done between real ...
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Creating Boric Acid from Borax and Hydrochloric Acid

I'm working on an experiment in school and I need to create 200 mL of 2 mol/L boric acid. According to a formula I found on wikipedia, boric acid can be created with a reaction with ...
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Optical techniques for kinetics studies

What optical methods can be used to measure the concentration of reacting gases in a reactor during an exothermic and fast reaction? I need to monitor and measure the local concentration of my gases (...
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Raoult's Law and Mole Fraction

Raoult's Law states that the partial vapor pressure of each component of an ideal mixture of liquids is equal to the vapor pressure of the pure component multiplied by its mole fraction in the mixture....
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Estimate the concentration of HCl and volume of 6 M HCl required to complete precipitate each of the given salts

In our chemistry lab we performed the following experiment below. Given that $K_\mathrm{sp}(\ce{AgCl}) = 8.2 \times 10^{-11}$ and $K_{\mathrm{sp}}(\ce{PbCl_{2}}) = 1.7 \times 10^{-5}$ ...
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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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Is the density of the solution significantly different from the density of the solvent?

I am working on a mathematical model for the dissolution of coffee in water. I need to know some precise details about the effects of dissolution on the density of the mixture of the substances (that ...
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What is the minimum number of given sets of information required to complete an ICE chart for an equilibrium reaction?

I'm considering creating a program that automatically completes an ICE chart/table when the minimum given information is provided. The reason I'm posting my question here is because I need to know the ...
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What does the equilibrium constant mean for reactions with very small concentrations?

When you calculate the equilibrium constant for a reaction with a higher concentration of reactants, the answer is fairly intuitive. For example, for the reaction: $$\ce{A + B <=> C}$$ when we ...
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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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