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A pure chemical substance consisting of a unique type of atom with a distinguished by its atomic mass.

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Why should I care about the highly radioactive elements after fermium? [closed]

After element 100, fermium, there are a bunch of highly radioactive elements like fermium, tennessine, and oganesson, and others. These elements are to radioactive to store, they will instantly ...
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Does one atom of an element show the properties of a bulk of that element? [duplicate]

For example, does one atom of gold have a golden color?
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Is there an element with no liquid state? [closed]

I know this question might be dumb but, is there an element that will go directly from solid to gas, with almost no visible or no liquid state? Just a random curious question.
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Why does Magnesium burn hotter than other Group II metals?

It seems apparent, when one performs the standard "flame tests" in a lab, for the Group II elements that Magnesium burns by far the hottest and brightest. Why is this true? I wouldn't expect this at ...
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What does it mean that an electron quantum numbers are n1= 4 - l1?

I'm trying to solve some exercises from the 2017 IChO, and the problem 6-A1 states that in first ionization, an electron with the quantum numbers $n_1 = 4 - l_1$ is removed. Now, I've never seen ...
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Chemical composition of seawater

Is it true that the sea water is composed of about $86\%$ oxygen, $11\%$ hydrogen and $3\%$ of minerals? The chemical formula of water is $\ce{H2O}$ (two hydrogen and one oxgen) that shows that the ...
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Reactivity and its meaning

When we say that “potassium” is reactive, are we referring to a potassium atom or bulk potassium as in the solid metal? In other words does “potassium” refer to a type of atom or an agglomeration of ...
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It is possible to create any metal? [duplicate]

This question just popped up in head. There are many things which we are good at. We are good at: constructions. build stuff. destroying things. repairing things. cleaning. But I want also to know, ...
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Extracting sulphur from hot springs with medieval technology?

For the sake of a dungeons and dragons game. Could sulphur be deposited on/extracted from hot springs water through evaporation or other proess?
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Is there a case when an atom of some element (e.g. carbon) does not have its expected number of protons (e.g. 6)?

Page 12 of the Study Guide for Campbell Biology, 11th Edition has the following question: A carbon atom has 6 neutrons. How many protons are present in the nucleus of a carbon atom? A. 12 ...
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What is the chemical composition of the human body? [closed]

What is the average percent composition of each element in the average human body?
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Atomic weight = expected weight?

The atomic weight of an element, is it accurate to say that another way to think of it is the expected value of that element's weight if we were to sample one at random from the environment? Are man-...
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What is the true depiction of the periodic table?

Normally with the periodic table the lanthanide series is separated out because it's long and would make the table wide. I looked for an expanded version and found this: I found it kind of strange ...
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What does the presenter in this video mean when he described the possible hazards of pure Astatine?

In this Youtube Video (linked to the specific time) a presenter is describing various elements in a "real life" periodic table. At one point, "The Professor" picks up an acrylic glass containing ...
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Does the van der Waals force not affect the alkali metal 's trend of decreasing melting points down the table? [duplicate]

Melting and boiling points increase further down the halogen group, but they decrease further down the alkali metal group. I know that the former's trend has to do with the van der Waals force, but I ...
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Is there a blanket term for all variants (both nuclides and ions) of a chemical element?

I'm hoping to catalogue the various nuclides and oxidation states of an element but can't find a single term that describes them all, save for "chemical element variations". Is there a specific term ...
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Why is the number of protons and neutrons equal to the atomic mass rounded?

The mass number is defined as the NUMBER of protons and neutrons. Electrons aside, why does the number of protons and neutrons equal the atomic mass rounded to the nearest whole number? That would ...
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Why do all atomic masses have decimals if there are some elements that don't have isotopes?

I understand that the way to calculate the atomic mass is to obtain a weighted average of the masses of all the isotopes of an element. I also understand that there are about 26 elements that are ...
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Why are there only less than 120 elements out there ? [duplicate]

Why stop at 118 , Why aren't any more stable elements possible ?
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How to interpret detection limits

I am learning about different analytical methods such as Atomic Absorption Spectrscopy and Atomic Emission Spectroscopy and I'm having a difficult time understand how to interpret the detection limits ...
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Why atomic mass is taken in comparison?

The definition of atomic mass says that it is the mass of one atom of the element with respect to 1|12 of the mass of carbon-12 atom. My question is that why there is need to compare the atomic mass ...
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Gold Half-Life and the Longevity of Gold Curiosity [closed]

I was curious if the half life of Gold is 186 Days, then why does it 'Last forever' ... Wouldn't the ancient Egyptian gold artifacts be decayed to lighter elements by now like platinum? I know gold ...
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What transition metal ions form without oxidant in water pH 7? [closed]

I am not sure how many transition metals will ionize without oxidants, where could I learn this?
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Can halogens exist in their elemental state in nature?

Question 7 from the 2015 Australian Chemistry Olympiad was: Which list below gives non-metals that can be found in their elemental form in nature? (a) neon, phosphorus, fluorine (b) helium, ...
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Library / function for computation of molecular mass / molecular weight in C

We are looking for a function to be used for computing the molecular mass / molecular weight / formula weight in C, either in a library or standalone. So far we have found the following ...
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How did the atomic number and atomic mass of elements discovered? [closed]

Elements are small for our naked eyes.so,how did the discovery of its atomic number and mass number took place?
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How to test for halides without ammoniacal silver nitrate solution? [closed]

If I have an halide e.g magnesium iodide, how can I test what halide the compound contains? I understand there is a method using silver nitrate and ammonia but what other methods are there?
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How to experimentally measure number of protons or electrons in an element? [duplicate]

How can one measure the numbers of protons or electrons (the atomic number) in a substance? Like if the element I examine is carbon I expect the result to be 6. Preferable a simple experiment which ...
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Why are most atoms solids or gases but not liquids at room temperature? [duplicate]

Of all the elements of the periodic table, "most" elements with valences of four or less are solids, with most of these being either "metals" or "semiconductors." On the right hand side of the ...
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Why does it yield iron(II) chloride instead of iron when copper meets iron(III) chloride? [closed]

Complete the equation: $$\ce{Cu + FeCl3 -> ? + ?}$$ I wrote $\ce{CuCl2}$ and $\ce{Fe}$, but it turned out to be $\ce{Cu}$ and $\ce{FeCl2}$. I really wonder why.
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Elements in the lanthanide and Actinide series [duplicate]

How many elements are there in lanthanide and Actinide series? My big doubt is does the 57th element Lanthanum and 89th element Actinium include in it? In some periodic table the entire 57-71 is ...
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Is lanthanum a lanthanoid? [duplicate]

Is lanthanum classified as lanthanoids? If yes, then can somebody explain in detail why La has 6s2 5d1 as its electron configuration and Ce has 6s2 4f1 5d1?
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Elements which do not form oxides

I had thought that this question would be easy to answer but my searching has been unsuccessful in finding a clear answer. For the metals, I expect that they all form oxides. Some very readily, e....
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Confusion over boiling point of gallium

I am completing a project on gallium, and I need to include its boiling point. I thought that this would be fairly simple to look up, however, it appears that different sources quote different ...
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Have we found stable, super-heavy elements?

Have we found a stable super heavy element or created one in a lab, or are they still hypothetical?
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Pure substances have only one kind of atom

I read in a book recently that no substance is ever totally pure, even if we take great care to separate it from other substances. And also that pure substances contain only one kind of matter. But I ...
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Which element has larger atomic radius — beryllium or xenon?

I say that xenon radius is smaller comparing to beryllium, but my friend says otherwise. What I think is that xenon is down in periodic table comparing to beryllium (3 periods down) and it's far ...
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Phospors and Phosphorus

I'm not a chemist. I understand that phosphorus comes in multiple forms, one of which is white, volatile, and highly toxic. I know that phosphors come in multiple chemical forms, two of which are ...
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What is the element with the greatest first ionization energy?

Identify the element with the greatest first ionization energy. (A) Ce (B) C (C) Cl (D) Ca (E) Cs The book says the correct answer is (B) with such an explanation: First ionization ...
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Identification: was this gallium or mercury from broken thermometer?

I had accidentally broken a thermometer against my computer screen, resulting in the splash of the silvery substance seen below: I cannot remember whether the thermometer is a mercury-free ...
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Can rays be considered a type of “element”? [closed]

First of all, I hardly know any chemistry, so let's get that out of the way. I have been wondering lately, from a "common sense" point of view (owing to my lack of knowledge), that since air cannot ...
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How can scientists measure the electron affinity and the ionization energy of an element? [closed]

I am pretty curious about the method that the scientists use to measure the electron affinity and the ionization energy of an element. If someone knows about it, please tell me.
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How right is defining elements with the number of protons? [closed]

Atomic number is the number of protons a certain atom has. It's the defining attribute of a certain element. But, How right is that? From the viewpoint of chemistry, the definition is right. Because, ...
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What metal is under the stainless layer when it wears of?

I have this belt for several years now and the belt buckle is naturally subject to wear and tear. On the most exposed spots the outer layer is now completely worn of and I wonder Is this an example ...
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Island of Stability - Why not smash massive elements?

Why haven't scientists (or at least any reports of scientists) smash really heavy stable (or stable-enough) massive elements to produce heavier elements in the proposed island of stability? Not being ...
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Is consumption of chlorine, like fluorine, harmful to bones? [closed]

Is consumption of chlorine harmful to bones ? I know fluorine consumed with water can cause fluorosis to bones and joints. Can chlorine, a similar halogen like fluorine, also cause damage to bones ...
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Whats the difference between 2O and O2 [duplicate]

I just saw something in a chemistry lesson what got me confused. What is the difference between $\ce{2O}$ and $\ce{O2}$? Thanks for the help!
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Why does zinc turn dark?

So I casted a zinc ingot around a week ago and I also casted 2 zinc ingots yesterday. After observing the two side by side I noticed that the older zinc ingot was darker colored, then I went and ...
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Bonding of Lithium and Argon

I saw a meme that was joking around about Lithium and Argon bonding (see pic below). It got me wondering: Can Lithium and Argon bond in any circumstance?
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Can alkenes have triple bonds?

Or is it characteristic of alkynes only ? also, can they (the alkenes) have double and triple bonds in the same molecule ?