Questions tagged [everyday-chemistry]

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how are colloids and suspensions solutions?

my definition of solution is a homogenous mixture of a solute and solvent. and in my textbook they call colloids and suspensions solutions . how is this possible if both of them are heterogenous ...
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Decomposition through thermolysis, electrolysis, photolysis [closed]

What decides whether a compound will dissociate (break-up) under thermal decomposition or photolysis or electrolysis i.e if I am provided with a compound and I'm asked to dissociate it then how will I ...
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Is C4O5 possible?

I have searched all over the internet and I have found no specific answer. I just want to know if C4O5 is possible and what would it be called.
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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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Is flouride an actual chemical or a misnomer?

I often encounter the term "flouride" used as if it is a chemical. From my understanding, it would be incorrect to call rust oxide and not iron oxide or to call salt chloride instead of sodium ...
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From liquid to solid by beating

I understand how liquids can become solids by decreasing temperature. To my understanding this is because the molecules slow down and are able to form bonds. However, I'm having problems ...
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Is it safe to launder clothing that had a small amount of isopropyl alcohol on it? [closed]

I just have a safety question. I work in a clerical position at an outpatient office located in a hospital. Since mid-March when the pandemic began to hit our state, we’ve been wiping things down in ...
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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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How would you separate sodium chloride and copper sulfate?

I've tried dissolving both compounds in water and evaporating the mixture, but this leaves a combination of brown and green crystals. Is there was any way to cleanly separate both compounds? Any ...
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Is it possible to neutralize acids with vinegar (e.g. when experiencing heartburn)?

I would like to know if it is possible to neutralize heartburn with a shot of vinegar, or if one should only use basics (like edible soda). What I know from high school, is that you can neutralize ...
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Chemical reaction to produce 5 liter of gas [closed]

I'm looking for a chemical reaction in order produce about 5 liter of harmless gas. The goal is to start with something that takes as little volume as possible to start with, and reacts to fill up a ...
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What happens to potassium bitartrate (cream of tartar) at temperatures exceeding 1000°F?

What happens to potassium bitartrate (cream of tartar) at temperatures in excess of $\pu{1000\!^\circ F}$? For example, if it is placed on an oven bottom and then run through a self clean cycle.
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Why do sweet biscuits melt faster than a salty biscuits? [closed]

I live in India and here eating biscuit after dipping it in water is a famous habit. On careful observation my classmate and me found that a sweet biscuit melts faster than a salty one when dipped in ...
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How to produce black smoke using chemical reaction [closed]

Tell me the requirements and procedure for producing black smoke using chemical reactions.
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Regarding common preservatives and their effect

If someone has an average of 1 litre of Coke or Pepsi a day, would this form too much benzene oxide in the person's body or stomach and eventually effect part of their genetics?
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What are chemical bonds made of, and how do they form? [duplicate]

All atoms are linked together by chemical bonds, but what are the bonds themselves made of? I'm sorry that's a stupid question, but I'm only 14, and haven't entered high school yet, and my science ...
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Why fibres are strong only in one direction? [closed]

Why fibres are strong only in the direction they are oriented?Why they break if we pull at right angle to their orientation? Here each blue line represents combination of polymeric chains.
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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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Every liquid is water [closed]

Is it that every liquid we see is water, with more or less of x substance? Example: urine is water with salt and minerals
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Why does a balloon filled with helium float if there is so much more air on top of it than below it? [closed]

Also what about Newton's third law? Wouldn't buoyancy be flawed because a balloon also displaces the air that is on top of it thus a downward force?
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Is there a substance that hardens in water? [closed]

Im trying to invent a product that starts as a liquid but when exposed to water it hardens. Is there any chemicals that can cause this reaction??
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Is food color E-132 indigotine, carcinogenic?

I have seen different opinions on food color E-132 Indigo carmine (indigotine, FD&C Blue 2) if it forders cancer.
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What is the systematic name of ammonium bisoxalato cuprate (II)? [closed]

What is the systematic name of ammonium bisoxalato cuprate(II)? I already tried $\ce{(NH4)2[Cu(C2O4)2]^{2+}}$ but i am uncertain if that answer is correct.
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Properties of wood in furniture

What properties of wood make it useful for it to be in furniture?
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Device to Save Fuel

If I have an electromagnetic device connected to an internal combustion engine, such that the fuel particles passing through the device are "sorted", allowing the fuel to burn better and thus ...
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Why is hydrogen gas so highly reactive? [closed]

Why is Hydrogen so reactive? What makes it combustible?
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What is the chemical composition of biofuels? [closed]

What is the chemical composition of biodiesel and green diesel? How do they differ from each other?
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Chemical Composition Changes in Liquids

Water is $\ce{H2O}$ in all it's states: solid(ice), liquid, and gas(water vapor). In your drink, when you add artificial flavoring and coloring, does it change the chemical composition of the water? ...
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What's a natural substitute for baking powder or baking soda? [closed]

What's a natural substitute for baking power or baking soda? I am doing a project where I need a raising agent in liquid form. Naturally, I can't use anything carbonated so baking powder/soda are out ...
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Double Displacement Reactions that produce gas [closed]

What type of double displacement reactions can form a gas. How can i determine if a double displacement reaction will form a gas?
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Addition of acid and base to buffer system [closed]

So I was doing my chemistry assignment and became stuck. Can I get some help? a) Calculate the pH of a buffer system that contains 0.40 M of NH3(aq) and 0.50 M of NH4Cl(aq) . Note that the Kb value ...
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How much damage is done to ascorbic acid vitamin C content by sunlight and fluorescent light? [closed]

I left a large clear bag of ascorbic acid exposed to fluorescent light and sunlight for 48 hours. The sunlight was direct for several hours in the afternoon. How much has the effectiveness of ...
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What happens and what do we observe during this qualitative analysis of bronze? [closed]

What is the observation when we add $\ce{HNO3}$ to bronze followed by addition of dilute HCl and bubbling of $\ce{H2S}$ gas through it. Please tell the inferences as well.
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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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How does energy and speed affect sub-atomic particles (protons, neutrons, electrons) in an electric field [closed]

(Source: https://gyazo.com/a4d5beed3272a7ca793dd8e2f7e8be3c) I am having trouble understanding the problem above. Why does it matter if the particles are held at constant energy or speed? How does ...
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Is it safe to boil carbonated water in a kettle? [closed]

Isn't it dangerous to boil carbonated water in a kettle? Whenever I boil water in my kettle, I close its lid. Does this close lid constitute 'under pressure' (and so danger) emboldened beneath? ...
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Could you produce drinking water from combustion in a survival situation [closed]

Likewise the title, could you?
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Test for the dissolved iron [closed]

Ok there’s this question on my chemistry review that I can’t figure out. It states: A sample of well water is known to contain a high concentration of iron. what solution could you use to test the ...
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Quantity of base needed to neutralise litre of 36% HCl?

Sorry for asking a basic chemistry question. I last did this kind of chemistry at school about 30 years ago and I don't have confidence that I'd get it right from first principles :) Short version: ...
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Do harsh soaps clean clothing more powerfully? [closed]

My grandparents chanced on some cheap soap in their house while cleaning. They obviously won't use it to shower, but does the abrasiveness mean that they're more potent? To wit, what exactly do the ...
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Turning Soda Glass into Lead Glass and Fused Silica [closed]

What would be the method of turning Soda Lime Glass into: A. Lead Glass B. Fused Silica Soda Lime Glass is $\ce{SiO2}$ ~70%. Lead Glass is $\ce{SiO2}$ ~ 62.9%. Fused Silica is $\ce{SiO2}$ ~ 99.9%. ...
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Silk Amino Acids and Fruit [closed]

Can I mix silk amino acids, bamboo extracts and keratin extracts with fresh organic fruits for a hair treatment?
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Can I safely use gelatin to mix with 25%-35% peroxide to make a gel? [closed]

Can I safely use gelatin to mix with 25% - 35% peroxide to make a gel or should I use glycerin?
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Light: Waves and Particles [closed]

I have three questions: a. How do pictorial representations of electromagnetic waves translate to real life? They're shown as having perpendicular fields in phase, but how can the strength of a ...
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What could happen when mixing bleach with other cleaning residue?

I have a wall covered in mold. I have used various cleaning wipes attempting to clean it, including a vinegar mixture. I now want to spray the wall with a bleach cleaner. I am concerned for fumes from ...
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The standard for drinking water is 1300 mg/l and the first area has a value of 837 µg

I am trying to figure out the hazard quotient of copper compared to the standard. The standard for drinking water is 1300 mg/l and the first area has a value of 837 µg. How do I convert this? I use ...
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Removing technique of polymers from pasteboard paper [closed]

I have a white sheet (cardboard paper) completely covered with a green material which looks like the varnish that I believe is a polymer. I want to remove this material chemically without tearing ...
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Is this the correct particulate diagram? [closed]

Hi I'm pretty new to chemistry and was wondering whether or not the following diagram is correct. I'm wondering whether or not the remaining H2 and O2 should become a H2O and a O or keep it the same, ...
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Why does sweet wormwood become sticky in alcohol? [closed]

I've been trying to create my first brew of sweet wormwood tea, and I would like to attempt to remove at least some of the thujone from it; so, I decided to put it into a bottle with some 90% food-...
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Does hot water make more foam? [duplicate]

A message has been floating around saying that it is better to wash your hands with warm water, as it helps the soap create more foam. Is it true? If it is true, why is it so? Is there a temperature ...