Questions tagged [inorganic-chemistry]

Inorganic compounds generally do not have C-H bonds, while organic compounds do have such bonds. The distinction between inorganic and organic chemistry, however, is far from absolute.

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Why is Polonium the only metal to crystallize forming Simple Cubic Cell?

I have read that Polonium is the only metal that crystallizes forming SCC. I searched for a concrete explanation but all they were saying is the stability of Polonium at STP. I can't really comprehend ...
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NH3 and PH3 differ from each other in their reaction with CuSO4 or AgNO3. why?

although nitrogen and phosphorus belongs to the same family, yet $\ce{NH3}$ and $\ce{PH3}$ differ from each other in their reaction with $\ce{CuSO4}$ or $\ce{AgNO3}$. $\ce{PH3}$ acts as reducing agent ...
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Burning magnesium ribbon [closed]

I know that this might sound wrong but, in the reaction $$\ce{2 Mg(s) + O2(g) → 2 MgO(s) + energy}$$ isn't oxygen supposed to be oxidised as it has excess electrons $(\ce{O^2-})$ and can donate a ...
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Why there is no angle change observed in boron trifluoride (due to back bonding)?

Could anyone explain me why there is no angle change in $\ce{BF3}$ because of back bonding like in substances $\ce{H3BO3},$ $\ce{N(GeH3)3}$ etc.?
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Oxidation of Hexaaquachrom (II) with air

I had the reaction: $$\ce{Cr(H2O)6^3+ -> Cr(H2O)6^2+}$$ using $\ce{Zn}$ as a reducing agent. the colour turning from green to blue and I know that with contact with air the solution becomes ...
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The science behind fertilizers

Do you know some books or articles that elaborate on the chemistry behind fertilizers? I have taken organic chemistry so far, and inorganic chemistry as well. I am also familiar with the Haber-Bosch ...
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Why is decomposition of ammonia gas on quartz a 1st order reaction?

In general, decomposition of a gas (like ammonia) on a metal surface (like platinum) is a zero order reaction. This is because the gas is adsorbed on the metal surface due to pressure and the initial ...
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Why does urine smell like ammonia?

Apparently, water or $\ce{H2O}$ combines in some way with nitrogen (from the air or elsewhere?) to form ammonia, or $\ce{NH3}$. Where/how in the body is this $\ce{NH3}$ (or whatever nitrate) produced ...
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What is purpose of sulfuric acid in iodine extraction?

I am trying to extract iodine from kelp following this guide here. It calls for sulfuric acid, but I don't see what this does do help the reaction. I thought the reaction was simply oxidizing iodide ...
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How to oxidize tantalum? [on hold]

I am interested in learning how to oxidize tantalum. I have seen some tantalum rings that the sellers say is a permanent smokey blackish color. But I've spoken to some people that say tantalum cannot ...
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How do I do stoichiometry for 2 limiting reactants

The Drano reaction produces sodium aluminate along with hydrogen gas. If a typical container of Drano weighs 500 g which is 35% by weight by weight sodium (l) hydroxide and 2.5% by weight aluminum, ...
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Why does slaked lime water lose alkalinity over time?

When I throw 3 handfuls of white lime $\ce{Ca(OH)_2}$ into 60 gallons of tap water, the initial pH value is 11.4, but unknowingly it changes to pH 7. What is the chemistry behind it? How long does ...
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When H2NCH2CH2PH2 acts a monodentate ligand, it is the phosphine end that chelates. Why is that?

In some occasions, if the ligand acts on Pd it do so as a monodentate ligand. I am attempting to explain this phenomenon but came into a block.
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Testing thermite for chemical properties

I'm writing a movie in which a bunch of military explosive ordnance experts destroy a turbine with thermite and the local fire chief has to work out whether it is plain $\ce{Fe2O3}$ and aluminium ...
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Can antimony pentafluoride be made by adding hydrogen fluoride to antimony trifluoride?

I was looking at how the strongest acid was made and I found something I did not understand. On the Wikipedia page for antimony trifluoride it shows the production of $\ce{SbF3}$ using $\ce{HF}$: $$\...
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What kind of isomerism does Ni(PPh3)2Cl2 have and what is their IUPAC name? [duplicate]

I know that there are 2 isomers that $\ce{Ni(PPh3)2Cl2}$ have and they exist in equilibrium. I am tempted to name them cis- and trans- but it does not sound right.
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Does dichlorobis(triphenylphosphine)nickel(II) have a d⁰ electron count?

I am currently in dilemma because I'm trying to construct an octahedral splitting diagram for the $\ce{NiCl2(PPh3)2}$ complex. If the complex is $\mathrm{d^0}$ system, how would I determine whether ...
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What are the isomers of a complex having a structure of M(AB)2C2?

Our instructor have us answer an isomerism problem of a crystal structure that has a form of $\ce{M(AB)2C2}$. I keep getting 9 isomers, which includes the optically inactive isomer, and my peers and I ...
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Why is Libethenite (Cu2(OH)PO4) color green?

It is not a complex compound and the copper atom is not oxidized so I'm wondering how does its color change. The book mentioned that at favorable conditions, adding water in Copper phosphate, which is ...
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Which salts can be used to precipitate chloride ions? [on hold]

We don’t have AgNO3 in the lab. I have no idea what else can be useful. I am washing a product and I want to make sure the chlorides are washed away.
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Products of the reaction between chromium(III) chloride, zinc and sulfuric acid

The aim of my experiment was to make a Cr(II) aquacomplex in situ, and for that I have the reaction: $$\ce{CrCl3·6H2O + Zn}$$ and I add concentrated sulfuric acid to it. I know that chromium(III) ...
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Colour of metal complexes with the same type and number of ligands

Crystal Field Theory says that because of d-orbital splitting caused by different ligands we have 2 different energy levels for d-orbitals. It also says that transition metals are coloured because ...
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What makes a compound basic? [on hold]

Aluminum chlorohydrate is often referred to as basic aluminum chloride. The pH value of ACH is about 4. How is basicity in this context defined?
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Iron(III) nitrate and hydrogen peroxide reaction

When iron(III) nitrate is added to hydrogen peroxide as a catalyst, the temperature initially decreases and begins to increase after 30 seconds. Why is this the case? (is there any intermediate ...
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Would it be possible to destroy gold?

I'm a writer. I have a scenario in which a sizable amount of gold needs to be rendered unusable, preferably completely destroyed. I know an acid like aqua regia is able to dissolve gold, but would ...
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Does fluorine in FNO3 have +1 oxidation number?

According to my textbook and also Wikipedia, fluorine nitrate is a compound which can be created (though it is unstable). Also my textbook says that fluorine has a $+1$ oxidation state. But how is $+1$...
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Oxidation state of fluorine in HOF

What should be the oxidation state of $\ce{F}$ in $\ce{HOF}$. As fluorine is the most electronegative element in the periodic table, it should be $-1$. But when I googled it, I found that many ...
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How do I go about either finding or calculating Aluminum-Oxalate salt solubility values in aqueous medium?

Water would contain other salts which may complicate things a bit. But finding out the Aluminum-Oxalate salts solubility values in pure water would be a good indicator already. It's for temperatures ...
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Which of the following statements is true if HI is formed in the following reaction?

Which of the following statements is true if HI is formed in the following reaction? $$\ce{H2(g) + I2(g) -> 2HI(g)}$$ a. There are no collisions between the reactants in the reaction. ...
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Why does basicity of group 15 hydrides decrease down the group?

In my textbook it is written that the order of basic strength of pnictogen hydrides is $$\ce{NH3 > PH3 > AsH3 > SbH3 > BiH3}$$ I tried but could not find any explanation as to why this ...
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What chemical reaction could be used to make copper pennies a vibrant red?

I’m an artist working on a piece using pennies to illustrate my drawing and I need my pennies to be red in a certain portion. I’m trying not to use paint and was wondering if there was a way to make ...
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Equivant mass of double salt

What is the equivalent mass of double salt like dolomite? And what if the double salt is hydrated? Is a double salt taken as a single unit while equating the gram equivalent in any reaction? For ...
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Compound of fluorine and tellurium

As an exercise I have to predict the formula of the compounds that fluorine and tellurium can build using group properties. My idea was to use the octet rule and therefore the formula would be $\ce{...
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How Can I Induce Corrosion Electrochemically?

I'm very interested in measuring corrosion in metal alloys, particularly in salt solutions. I understand metals corrode over time, however, I was wondering if it's possible to electrochemically "speed ...
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Reaction of coloured metal complexes with water and sulfuric acid [closed]

Reaction of coloured metal complexes with water and sulfuric acid I recently started researching the coloured compounds made from transition metals focusing on one with oxidation state II, so Mn,Fe,...
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What causes the blackening of light bulbs

in 1878, Thomas Edison (or rather William Joseph Hammer) added an anode in a light bulb in order to catch the flux of electrons coming out from the carbon filament and reduce the phenomenon of ...
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Horizontal symmetry plane of cis-dichloroosmiumtetracarbonyl

Consider the molecule $\ce{Os(CO)4Cl2}$ with a drawing given below via Chemtube3d: I thought in this molecule, if I drew a horizontal plane, then a $σ_\mathrm{h}$ would be present i.e. A ‘horizontal’ ...
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How can we find out the type of bonding present in a compound or a molecule?

For example, if the bonding in diamond, ice, MgO or CO2 is to determine, how can I find it out? How to determine van der Waals forces?
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Bond lengths in P₄O₁₀

According to JD Lee's Concise Inorganic Chemistry: The double bond $\ce{P=O}$ in $\ce{P4O10}$ contains p(π)–d(π) backbonding, where a full p-orbital on oxygen overlaps with an empty d-orbital on $\...
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Reaction between copper and silver(I) nitrate in aqueous medium

What is the reaction between $\ce{Cu}$ and $\ce{AgNO3}$ taking place in aqueous medium? The answer given was: "Only" oxidation of $\ce{Cu}.$ My concern is: how is only oxidation of $\ce{Cu}$ ...
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Atomic molecular theory [closed]

Two pure gases of elemental composition X and Y are allowed to mix in a chamber. When combined, these two gases produce a liquid with the chemical formula XY2. Interestingly, the liquid product has ...
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How do you remove lumps in reagents without contaminating them?

I think desiccating the powdered reagent would help remove lumps (at least in preventing lump neoformation) but would desiccation alone collapse all lumps in a powder (say KCl as it lumps easily), or ...
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What is “dot” sign in •NO?

What is "dot" sign in •NO? I know that it is radical nitric oxide, but I don't know if it is necessary to put the "dot". Is there any difference between •NO and NO?
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How to find the compounds in a solution/material [closed]

I am trying to find the components (Nitrates, Magnesium, Sulphur, Calcium, Iron, etc) in my organic manure. If I mix manure in distilled water how do I measure the presence of all the elements in the ...
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Finding molarity of hyposulfite solution used in titration

$\pu{0.1 g}$ of $\ce{KIO3}$ is treated with excess $\ce{KI}$ solution. The liberated iodine required $\pu{44 ml}$ of $x$ molar hypo solution. Calculate the value of $x$. I have used the equivalent ...
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NaHCO3 required to raise pH of weak HCl solution from 3.5 to 7.2 (doubting my calculations)

I'm a dentist, working on a medical device that will make shots at the dentist office hurt a lot less. The device mixes a drug (2% Lidocaine) that has been acidified with $\ce{HCl}$ to pH 3.5 for ...
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Is [Co(NH₃)₄Cl₂]Cl paramagnetic or diamagnetic?

$\ce{NH3}$ is known to be a strong field ligand, while $\ce{Cl}$ is known to be a weak field ligand. Is $\ce{[Co(NH3)4Cl2]Cl}$ a high spin complex or a low spin complex? I assumed this to be a high ...