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A material's ability to conduct electric current or thermal energy by any means.

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How to derive the conductivity titration curve which accounts for salt formation

I derived an equation that gave me the volume of base required to get a certain pH: In a titration between a weak acid $\ce{HA}$ and weak base $\ce{B}$ (adding base into acid solution) the following ...
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Factors that influence the electrical conductivity of metals

The electrical conductivity of metals is a physical property of these materials. Much of the theory used to explain the electrical conductivity of metals is also based on physics understanding. ...
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Investigating the effect of solvents on the alkaline hydrolysis of ethyl acetate

In the following reaction, I believe a polar aprotic solvent like propanone will be more favorable since the partial negative charge on the oxygen atom in propanone will attract the sodium ion from ...
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Can Airborne dust conduct electricity? [closed]

Out of curiosity and possible safety, could a could of dust conduct electricity? When I say dust I don't mean the stuff that settles around my house, but the dust of something that has conductive ...
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Conductance of the mixture of two solutions with given resistance values [duplicate]

If $R_1$ and $R_2$ are the resistances of two solutions of equal volume what is the conductance of the mixture in the same conductivity cell? In general, I grasped neither the approach, nor the ...
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Molar conductivity of transition metal complexes solutions [closed]

Which of the following has the highest molar conductivity? (A) Diaminedichloroplatinum(I) (B) Tetraamminedichlorocobalt(III) chloride (C) Potassium hexacyanoferrate(II) (D) Hexaaquochromium(...
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Decrease in molar conductivity with increase in concentration

Why does molar conductivity $Λ$ for strong electrolytes decrease with increase in concentration? I mean, more concentration would mean higher number of solute particles present in the solution, and as ...
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Soil conductivity: How do I get a near equivalent between meq/100 g to mS/cm?

I have two soil reports, one that reports CEC as 45 meq/100 g and another that reports 6 mS/cm using 1:1 water soil. I can see that the two are, if not apples and oranges, they are at best tangerines ...
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What should be the order of specific conductance (κ) of floride, chloride and bromide ions?

The equivalent conductance order is $\ce{Br-} > \ce{Cl-} > \ce{F-}$. $$Λ = \frac{κ}{c},$$ so $Λ$ is proportional to specific conductance? But in ion chromatography we get peak area where $\ce{...
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Which conductivity law should I use to calculate the conductivity of a solution with high/low concentration?

I have a set of NaCl solutions with concentrations ranging from 0.05 M to 0.1 M. I have been trying to calculate the conductivity of these solutions and compare the obtained values with the ...
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Intensive and Extensive Properties--Resistance

Is resistance an intensive quantity or an extensive one? And why? Let me present 2 scenarios. Resistance of a wire: The resistance of a wire depends on area and length. This implies it depends on the ...
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How to measure the electrical conductivity of a substance? [closed]

Suppose you are given these substances: $\ce{NaOH(aq)}$ $\ce{HCl(aq) }$ $\ce{C6H12O6(aq) }$ $\ce{NH3(l)}$ Are there rules to figure out how conductive each compound is? Is it based on ...
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Do the salt bridge ions have to match the ions in the half-cells solutions?

Does the salt bridge in a galvanic cell have to have the same ions as the ones in the solutions? E.g. does it need to have nitrate ions if the half-cells contain copper nitrate and zinc nitrate, or ...
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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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Decrease in temperature of a aqueous salt solution decreases conductivity

Why does the conductivity of a water solution drop as the temperature decreases? How are these two related?
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Silver in defect chemistry

When talking about conductivity in combination with lattice defects you can often see that AgX is taken as an example for a Frenkel defect where the $\ce{Ag^+}$ moves to intersticial voids. I remember ...
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If liquid hydrogen fluoride autoionises, how can it be an insulator?

According to Wikipedia, one of the last major hurdles in the isolation of elemental fluorine was the need to mix hydrogen fluoride with another substance in order for its electrolysis to be possible (...
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Is the electrical conductivity only measurable in aqueous solutions? [closed]

I have been looking for other ways to measure it, but all I've found is through aqueous solutions. So I want to know if there's another way to do it, or why it isn't possible through other means.
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The Conductivity of Electrolytes based on structure of Ionic Crystal [closed]

Background I want to run an experiment to test the conductivity of various ionic compounds dissolved in water. I was hoping to see some sort of trend in the increase/decrease of conductivity based ...
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Difference between equivalent conductance and equivalent conductivity [closed]

I find questions in my book which ask for the equivalent conductivity and sometimes for the equivalent conductance. And then when I look at the solution, they've used the same formula for both. This ...
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Which is more conducting - molten sodium chloride or molten magnesium chloride? [closed]

Which is more conducting - molten sodium chloride or molten magnesium chloride? I'm pretty sure I know the answer to this but my problem is putting into words. Magnesium is more conductive due to its ...
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Why do metallic elements have a very small band gap while nonmetallic elements have a large band gap?

I recently was going over solid state bonding and conductivity. I was wondering why metallic elements (such as sodium, iron, etc.) have a small band gap / no band gap (as conductors that have the ...
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Why is AC current used rather than DC current for calculating the conductance of a solution(see body)? [closed]

I was reading the answer of the above question from a book. it said that while using DC current, electrolysis occurs. Hence it affects the conductance of the solution. But if any gaseous product is ...
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Why are silicon and germanium used as semiconductors but not other metalloids?

The semiconductor materials are either elementary such as silicon and germanium or compound such as gallium arsenide. Silicon is the most used semiconductor for discrete devices and integrated ...
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Does titanium(II) oxide conduct electricity? [duplicate]

In my book, it is given that $\ce{TiO(s)}$ is an electrical conductor. But I'd think that since $\ce{TiO(s)}$ is ionic and in solid state, it shouldn't conduct electricity. So, why does it conduct ...
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Does ethanol conduct electricity? [duplicate]

I am trying to find out about methylated spirts/denatured alcohol. As far as I can fine, methylated spirits is roughly 95% ethanol. Will it conduct electricity? I have done some research, but I have ...
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Which solution is more conductive

Which of the following solutions is more conductive: 1) 0.1 M sodium hydroxide and 0.1 M hydrochloric acid mixture (effectively NaCl?) 2) 0.1 M sodium hydroxide and 0.1 M acetic acid mixture (...
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Conductivity variation on Caustic (NaOH) Dilution System

I am reading the drawing for an automatic caustic dilution system where 50% NaOH is diluted down to 20%. I was expecting to see a density sensor on the outlet to provide feedback to the dilution ...
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Mathematical Expression for Limiting Molar Conductivity

I have been fiddling around with the theory of electrolytes, specifically molar conductivity, and ways of calculating limiting molar conductivity $\Lambda^0$. I was able to come up with the ...
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Relation of conductivity with electrode distance [closed]

Conductivity is defined as the conduction of ions when the distance between the electrodes is 1 cm and length is 1 cm. Say for instance we have a solution where the distance between the electrodes is ...
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Looking for a theory predicting conductivity values of electrolytes at higher concentrations

I'm looking for a theory to calculate the electrical conductivity of electrolytes, namely $\ce{NaCl}$ and tartaric acid ($\ce{C4H6O6}$) dissolved in water, depending on their concentration. The only ...
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Fabrication and/or Selection of a Single Crystal Ionic Conductor

I want to fabricate or buy single crystal ionic conductors for usage as solid state electrolytes in batteries testing. However, I am having trouble finding anyone that can sell appropriate materials. ...
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Conductivity measurements of demineralized water - Unexpected results. Looking for explanation

I'm trying to measure the conductivity change of demineralized water over a few days. But I get results I can't explain. Setup This is the circuit and cell I'm using: Where $R_x$ is the ...
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Molar Conductivities of H+ and OH- V/S other Ionic Electrolytes [duplicate]

The following table gives the Ionic Molar Conductivities of a few electrolytes in water. What are the reasons for the unusually high values for both H$^+$ and OH$^-$ even though both undergo solvation ...
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Why does conductivity of electrolyte solutions peak at high concentrations?

I've recently done a lab about conductivity of brine over time (high concentration salt water). I passed current through salt water and measured the current over time. The graphs I got showed that ...
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How is solid titanium(II) oxide an electrical conductor?

Most salts in the solid state are electrical insulators, since the ions are not mobile (e.g. sodium chloride). However, solid titanium(II) oxide, $\ce{TiO (s)}$, is a conductor. How is this so?
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Measurement of cell constant

Why is cell constant value measured through indirect methods (like using a solution whose conductivity is already known)? Isn't it easier to measure the length and area of cross section of a ...
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How can I calculate the molar conductivity of a solution with multiple solutes?

I'm running an experiment mixing 2 different solutions, $\pu{5 mL}$ of $\pu{0.1 M}$ $\ce{NaCl}$ with $\pu{5 mL}$ of $\pu{0.1 M}$ $\ce{KCl}$. I am measuring the conductivity of the total solution in $\...
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Why does the conductivity of a LiOH solution decrease when boric acid is added?

If I start with pure water and add $\ce{LiOH}$ the conductivity of solution increases. However, if I then dissolve boric acid in the same solution the conductivity falls. I would have thought adding ...
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Conductivity of water and chlorine?

I am a novice in chemistry and i have a question: I know that water is not a good conductive material (since there is a perfect bond in water I think) but I am thinking that if we add chlorine which ...
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Conductive hydrophobic material

I was looking for a conductive hydrophobic material if there is one? If not why? I was researching and I found some material about laser etching on metals that causes superhydrophobicity but that I ...
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Would a quarternary ammonium electride conduct electricity?

If suppose, I crystallised a quarternary ammonium electride could this conduct electricity similar to a metallic conductor? Metals have lattice atoms as charged metal ions are a sea of electrons. This ...
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Calculating conductivity of a solution given molar conductivities and concentration

From my understanding the conductivity of a solution ($K$) is given by the sum of the conductivities of ions in solution: $$K = c(K_{m,1}+K_{m,2})$$ Where $c$ is the concentration, and $k_{m1}$ and $...
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Logical reasoning behind the formula for molar conductance of an electrolyte [closed]

I am studying some introductory material on electrochemistry. My book and all standard websites I've found define the molar conductance of an electrolyte as "conductivity of an electrolyte solution ...
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NiO and ZnO electrical conductivity with oxygen pressure

NiO is a Mott-Hubbard insulator and increasing oxygen concentration leads to anion excess and oxidation of Nickel so electron hopping is more favourable so electron repulsion is reduced and it becomes ...
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What is A in the following equation

This equation describes the total current in bulk solution in a battery caused by migration in the electrolyte. Then the source says what A is: In the bulk solution (away from the electrode), ...
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Conductivity of electrolyte solution

I found a relationship online between the conductivity of electrolyte and current. $$i = F \sum_i z_i N_i = F^2 \left( \sum_i z_i^2 u_i c_i \right)\nabla\phi = -\kappa\nabla\phi \qquad \kappa = F^2 \...
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Why are isotopically pure diamonds 50% more thermally conductive than other diamonds?

A laboratory grown type-IIa diamond (no nitrogen defects) has a lambda of $\pu{1800-2200 W/mK}$, but an isotopically pure diamond of $\ce{^{12}C}$ can have up to $\pu{3320 W/mK}$. Why are $\ce{^{12}C}...
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Are there compounds more conductive than Silver (Ag)?

Silver is the most electrically conductive element on the Periodic Table. However, I am interested in knowing if there are any compounds (combinations of elements) that would be more conductive than ...
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Why do we do electrolysis and electroplating using warm electrolyte?

This is a pretty basic question, and I know it has something to do with conductivity, but I'm not quite sure how they are related.