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Difference between liquid and solid stearic acid

I had some stearic acid in solid pellet format. It is slippy and in white color. I used this to make some experiments. I recently notice that some manufacturer can supply liquid stearic acid. I ...
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Why Iron III Oxide needs 2 Aluminum to react? How to determine that coefficient if we aren't given the products? [closed]

How to determine the coefficient of Al in the reactants side which is 2, in thermite reaction, if we aren't given the products but just the name of the reactants?. How do you get that number? Why does ...
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finding delta h [closed]

Suppose we had mixed 50.89 mL of 1.00 M HCl solution with 25.79 mL of 1.00 M KOH solution, and measured a heat of reaction of -1.48 kJ. What is ΔH for this reaction, in kJ? Assume that all solutions ...
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Why does the rusting process start from the bent/squeezed portion of iron?

I have noticed that the rusting of iron starts from the squeezed or bent parts of iron piece. I want to know what is the peculiar reason for the observation that rusting starts from bent or irregular ...
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How do I know if a reaction will or will not occur in a metathesis reaction?

If one of the reactants, as in the beginning substances, is insoluble in water and the other is soluble in water will a reaction occur? I know that if both are soluble a reaction will occur and ...
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Remove stain from synthetic leather

I have a valuable soccer ball. It is not real leather, but a synthetic leather. I used this cleaning agent to remove a few marks: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Motsenbockers-Lift-Off-Graffiti-Remover-...
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Starch Amylase Experiment using Iodine

The starch and iodide test is to detect amylose, a polysaccharide. We add an iodide solution to a sample and observe a color change with the starch; it turns dark blue. I am doing a bio/chem ...
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Antiseptic role of a kerosene

I remember my grandmother putting lots of kerosene on my wound when I was kid and got a huge cut on my finger, as there was no health facility around. Want to confirm if chemists do agree on ...
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Why does table salt (NaCl) dissolve branded food? [closed]

To dissolve branded food from e. g. a baking tray, there is the advice to pour table salt on it and heat it up in a baking oven or on a hotplate until the salt turns brown. From practice I confirm ...
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Chemical equation for the reaction of Allura Red AC with NaClO

I am trying to figure out the chemical formula for the reaction between Allura Red AC and $\ce{NaClO}$ (bleach). I have never met such reactions before in my study, and I was unable or maybe looked in ...
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What is the use of both mol and mass representing the same thing i.e. amount of something? [closed]

A mol is a unit but also has a magnitude. How can a unit have a magnitude? And if mole is used to measure an amount of substance than what does mass measure?
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Which chemical is used in drunken driver test?

Which chemical is used in drunken driver test? Acidified K2Cr2O7 KMnO4 Chromyl Chloride H2O2 On searching on Google, I got the answer as option 1, acidified potassium ...
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Is it possible to convert carbon soot/ black carbon in mg to CO2-equivalent? If so, how?

Since global warming is expressed in terms of carbon emissions or CO2 equivalent, can the short lived carbon soot/ black carbon that is produced from incomplete combustion be expressed in terms of CO2 ...
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What does it mean “polyester doesn't breathe”?

Often people say buy a cotton shirt because cotton "breathes" but polyester doesn't. (i.e. it makes you hot sweaty). What is the scientific meaning behind this? How does polyester trap the heat more ...
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Formic Acid vs Formica - Which came first?

Source: Google(Oxford) So, we know that 'Formic Acid' was derived in formic acid in the late 18th century from the Latin word 'formica'. From Wikipedia: Formica is a genus of ants of the family ...
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Why can't you have compressed oxygen and nitrogen in the same tank? [closed]

I just watched a movie about the Apollo missions. They wanted an oxygen/nitrogen atmosphere on the spacecraft. But they said it would be too heavy and expensive to use an oxygen tank and a nitrogen ...
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Is it safe to mix calcium carbonate and sodium chloride? [closed]

I know zero about chemistry, and Google has not offered up a plain answer, so I beeseech thee; Is it safe to mix calcium carbonate and sodium chloride to make a simple mouthwash? Calcium carbonate ...
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How can I make a reference humidity environment with NaOH pellets? [duplicate]

I have NaOH pellets at my disposal. Some of the pellets are degraded, but most are not, and I can provide a new batch if needed. I would like to test several humidity sensors in an environment with a ...
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compare and contrast a 2p6 orbital to a 4s1 using quantum numbers to help [closed]

Would you be able to help me understand how to compare and contrast a 2p6 orbital to a 4s1 using quantum numbers to help?
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Why is my washing powder not to be used for pre-wash?

Apologies but I can't find a more suitable stack exchange website to ask this question. I feel the technical answer is chemical in nature so I landed here. For at least the past two years (and on-...
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What is the physical state of vitamin E acetate at room temperature and normal pressure

Vitamin E acetate ((+)-alpha-tocopherol acetate) is sold as semi-solid/liquid by Sigma and their safety data sheet gives the melting point as 25 °C. On the other hand, internet databases such as ...
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Ingredients for cleaning optical elements

I have recently purchased a cleaning solution for precision optics which has the following ingredients (amounts were not specified): Ethyl Alcohol Methylethylketon Aqua Diethyl Ether Isopropyl ...
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Combustion and pyrolysis of sulfides and organosulfurs

Last week there was a huge fire in french chemical factory Lubrizol, we now know the main products that burnt, to simplify the discussion I extracted a few compounds: isobutyl and isobutene ...
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Coffee Degassing

I roast coffee, and currently package it in plastic bags with one way 'degassing' valves. As soon as coffee is roasted, it starts giving off $\ce{CO2},$ a process which continues for days, and ...
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Can aroma compounds travel through metal boards and glass? [closed]

A friend from customs said "if drugs have been in a glass jar for more than a day, the aroma compounds travel through the lid and the dog can detect it, especially after 2-3 days. They can travel ...
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When alcohol is used to sterilize, what about it changes that it can't be re-used? [closed]

I read online that when you use regular household rubbing alcohol to soak something for sterilization purposes, you're then supposed to toss it out. I'm just curious why. Like, as long as there's a ...
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Propylene Glycol to clean vinyl records

I clean vinyl records with an ultrasonic record cleaning machine. Would propylene glycol be good to use as a surfactant in a 1 - 2 % concentration with distilled water? Would it harm the vinyl record?...
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Is propanol 1-2 diol 178 the same as propylene glycol?

I clean vinyl records in an ultrasonic vinyl record cleaning machine the manual states it uses propanol 1-2 diol 178 as a surfactant. I think this is the same chemical as propylene glycol. Is it? ...
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Smoky lights at events - Piped in or a chemistry reaction of some kind?

Was at Dreamhack MTL this weekend and realised that in the whole venue there seems to be just a little bit of smoke in the spotlights and other light sources. You also see that kind of smoke in shows ...
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Electrolytes for Anodization at Home

I'm looking into anodization, and all the people doing it seem to have sulfuric acid as their first choice electrolyte, while others use sodium metabisulfate. Having simple access to exactly neither ...
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Why does boiled water have a different taste as compared to cool water? [closed]

I have noticed it frequently and decided to check with some of my peers and friends about this and they too have felt such a thing. The taste comparison occurs after the boiled water is cooled down to ...
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Simple every-day-item hydrometer for distinguishing regular soda and diet sodas

When ordering a diet soda (no sugar soda) in a cafe or restaurant I would like to be sure I am getting a diet soda and not a regular sugar-infested soda. Because a regular soda, is through all the ...
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Isotopes and elements [closed]

this is a gold bar. If we look at its structure, will we see that there are atoms that have a different number of neutrons (aka isotopes) (as far as I'm concerned, an isotope is an atom with a ...
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Why chemicals bottles (plastic) have paper seals?

I have my film developer and fixer in the plastic bottles, also I have glycerine and propylene glycol. They all have paper seals (in caps) that those chemicals get wet and destroy - they just fell ...
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accurate measurement from inaccurate tools [closed]

It is a very general question. Is there a good way to systematically increase the accuracy and precision of a measuring tool using only mathematical means? For example, average 10 measurements can ...
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Was it CO2 or Muriatic Acid?

We had a malfunction with the chlorination system at our pool. There was a reaction between the Calcium Hypochlorite tablets and either $\ce{CO2}$, Carbonic Acid, or Muriatic Acid. There was a ...
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anionic surfactants as salt water induced rust inhibitors

There are a multitude of product that purport to protect boat engines from the adverse effects of salt water. These anionic surfactants claim to rinse away salt buildup. I do not understand how a ...
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Supplement weight by element or compound

When a vitamin or supplement claims, for example, that it contains 600 mg of calcium (as calcium carbonate) what does that mean? Does each tablet contain 600 milligrams of the element calcium? Or ...
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How to remove the foggy discoloration in polycarbonate tubes caused by acetone?

Unknowing that the tubes used in the centrifuge are made of polycarbonate, I cleaned them with acetone. Following, a white smoky discolouration appeared and the tubes turned opaque. Is there any way ...
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Emulsifier for water, been oil [closed]

I am trying to blend neem oil and water and I'm wondering what the best emulsifier would be 10% neem oil 90% water thank you
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Will charcoal briquettes (not activated) absorb water out of the air in the house in a subtropical climate?

I live in Florida, an incredibly wet environment where it's very difficult to get moisture out of house without using a dehumidifier 24/7, which is too expensive. Would charcoal briquettes be of any ...
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Why is it considered acid rain with pH <5.6?

I recently read in a book that rain is considered acid rain if the pH falls below 5.6. However a substance is acidic when the pH is below 7; so why is the boundary for acid rain 5.6? I was thinking ...
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Reaction of sulphur with calcium carbonate

Can sulphur react with calcium carbonate to form sulphur trioxide and calcium carbide, as the energy of 3(S=O) is greater than ((C=O) +2(C-O))? EDIT: i forgot to say that this is in an oxygen-free ...
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Dissolvant for the black spots around the rear mirror of the front window of my car

I make pictures for Mapillary. I would like to place my dashcam as high as possible, but those black spots get in the way. Scraping them off does not work. But I can feel their relief. If no one has ...
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What ratio of bicarb to sugarcane juice with a pH level of 4.5-5.5 to neutralize pH level? [closed]

I am thinking of adding baking soda to sugarcane juice to eliminate the fruity acid that is present. The pH of sugarcane juice ranges from 4.5-5.5. I wonder how much baking soda should I incorporate ...
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Producing soap from sodium carbonate and oil

Can we get soap by mixing $\ce{Na2CO3}$ from seaweeds with oil? I am not good at chemistry and saw this in an anime Dr. Stone, so I just wanted to know if it is true or not.
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Non-chlorine bleach vs. hydrogen peroxide 3% soln from pharmacy: Disinfecting gravity water filter system

I'm seeking to disinfect a Platypus gravity water filter made with hollow fibers. My main concern is to address any mold / mildew that may have developed inside the hollow fiber filter due to long ...
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what does the mixture between urine and dishwater cause? [closed]

I have built an rv from a short school bus. I ran a hose from the "toilet" to a tank in the back to drain the toilet. We wash our dishes in a basin on the counter and dump the dishwater into the ...
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Reverse washing soda buildup on stainless steel

In a home brewing project, I use washing soda (Na2CO3) to remove labels and glue from previously used bottles. In doing this, my flip-top bottles (which have a stainless steel flip top arm) often get ...
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Are there any gases that can not be turned into liquid, or liquids that can not be frozen solid?

My son points out that some solids can not be melted (because they combust, for example). He wonders if there are any liquids that can not be frozen, or gases that can not be liquified.