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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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Are there processes of electric discharge to oxide As(III) into As(V)? [closed]

I want to know if there were any known experiment of electric discharge to oxyde the ion arsenic(III) into the ion arsenic(V).
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Reaction of potassium with water

In general, when we put potassium into water, it will produce potassium hydroxide and hydrogen: $\ce{2K + 2H2O ⟶2KOH + H2}$ However isn't the following reaction also possible? $\ce{2K + H2O ⟶K2O + ...
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What should be the molarity of HCl and H2SO4 acid so that they can be considered safe to touch? [closed]

I know $\ce{HCl}$ and $\ce{H2SO4}$ acid of concentration 17 M is dangerous and corrosive, but I wonder can we dilute these acids to the extent that they become safe to touch? If yes, then what should ...
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Why is Potassium permanganate a better catalyst than Potassium Iodide? [closed]

I did an experiment measuring the activation energy of Hydrogen Peroxide with different catalysts. Potassium Permanganate seems to be a better catalyst as the activation energy was lower than the one ...
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Method for removing CuO in an inert environment

Common oxides (i.e., CuO or Al2O3) are capable of removal via NaOH solution. However, I am interested in removing a copper oxide layer inside an inert (Ar glovebox) environment. Thus, the traditional ...
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Formal Charge in Coordinate covalent bonds [closed]

I am in an honors chemistry course right now and I would like to know the formal charges of the atoms in CO, my confusion is that because the bond is partially coordinate covalent, are the bonded ...
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Can I use litmus paper to test unknown liquid that contains a concentrated strong acid?

Can I use litmus paper to test unknown liquid that contains a concentrated strong acid (example $\ce{H2SO4}$)? Can concentrated strong acid destroy litmus paper?
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Can etching with KOH (no HF or TMAH at any point) remove the first SiO₂ layer?

If my aim is to produce an etch that can be quite rough will $\ce{KOH}$ (maybe mixed with some IPA) be able to remove the majority of the initial $\ce{SiO2}$ such that I could make a rudimentary diode?...
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Definition of early vs. late transition metal

Is there an accepted definition of an early or late transition metal? I think the late transition metals start at Group 8 (including Fe), but others have said Fe is not a late transition metal. I'm ...
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Can Aquatabs be used to clean swimming pool water?

Can Aquatabs be used to prepare/chlorinate water for swimming? They are used to clean water for drinking so is it safe to assume that if used in proper quantity they can also clean water for ...
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How to write equations for a reaction of metals with water

Please write two equations for reacting lithium with water and barium with water. Make sure to add the states of matter after each compound. Currently, for lithium I have the equation $$\ce{2Li(s) +...
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Synthetic Solution: How much nitric acid to add? [closed]

I am making a synthetic solution to imitate a real life situation. I am adding calcium nitrate to the solution to meet a target calcium level of $\pu{334 ppm}$. However, using excel calculations the ...
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How can the potential energy at the infinite energy level in an atom be zero?

I have recently learnt about atomic structure and the Bohr model of the atom and have observed a discrepancy between it and my previous knowledge based on physics. For simplicity, assume the atom is ...
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Hydrogen peroxide and glycerol combination

Is the mixing of store-grade hydrogen peroxide 3% and glycerol in the ratio of 1:2 (V/V) at room temperature affecting the decomposition rate of hydrogen peroxide?
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What Could Formations of Linkage Isomers of [Co(NH₃)₅NO₂]²⁺ be like?

I am trying to draw the structure of this complex $\ce{[Co(NH3)5NO2]^{2+}},$ however I am not sure if the linkage isomers of this complex like this:
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Structure of Br3O8

What is the structure of $\ce{Br3O8}$? It has an odd number of electrons; does that make it a free radical? The structure given in my book shows Where did the 7th electron of the central atom go? ...
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Soil batteries?

In an attempt to demonstrate the basic principles of common batteries, my teacher assigned me to demonstrate a simple experiment to the kids at the elementary school. A tank filled with saltwater, ...
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Order of Basicity of Nitrogen Trihalides

I was asked to arrange nitrogen tri-halides in order of increasing basicity. On looking up the answer online, it turned out to be the following: $\ce{NF3}$ < $\ce{NCl3}$ < $\ce{NBr3}$ < $\ce{...
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Balancing redox equation with oxygen on both sides?

The problem is to balance this equation in an acidic medium. $$\ce{As2O3 (s) + NO3- (aq) -> H3AsO4 (aq) + N2O3 (aq) }$$ However, I am getting stuck balancing the oxygens after dividing them ...
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dipole–dipole interactions: OCR Sample Paper wrong? [closed]

I was doing OCR A Level Chemistry A, H432/01 Periodic table, elements and physical Sample Question Paper. Question 6 was: The boiling point of hydrogen bromide is –67 ºC. The boiling point of ...
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If I have CHLORIDE concentration in mg/L how do I convert to TOTAL SALTS (NaCl) measured in ppt? In other words, I don't have TOTAL SALTS in mg/L [duplicate]

I am comparing my salinity data which I collected with a Refractometer that reads in parts per thousand (PPT) with recorded data collected in mg/L of chloride concentration - not TOTAL salts but just ...
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Sulphuric acid in as oxidant [duplicate]

I find difficult to understand how do I get to the products of the following reaction: $$\ce{2NaBr(s) + 2H2SO4(aq) -> Br2(l) + SO2(g) + Na2SO4(aq) + 2H2O(l)}$$ after checking the oxidation ...
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Acid etching of float glass

While we have done some etching of glass with hydrofluoric acid alone, to achieve a matte white finish on float glass, I am curious to know what formula and procedure is required to create a more ...
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What is the explanation of the structure of H2XeO4?

Using the obsolete VSEPR theory I had a hard time predicting the structure of $\ce{H2XeO4}$. So I looked it up. I found the molecule via chemapps.stolaf.edu: It looks weird to me. I can't explain the ...
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Naming this iron complex: Fe2Cl6[H2O]5

This is the iron complex in question: $\ce{Fe2Cl6[H2O]5}$ I'm pretty sure according to the nomenclature it should be: pentaaquahexachloroiron(III) but I wanted to check somewhere to be sure.
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What are the half reactions for the redox reaction between SO2 and iodine?

What are the half reactions for the redox reaction between $\ce{SO2}$ and iodine? The relevant chemical equation: $$\ce{ SO2 + H2O + I2 -> H2SO4 + 2HI}$$ This is what I think it is, not sure if ...
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Identifying a chloride of the unknown element from the masses of chlorine and compound as well as vapor density [closed]

1 g of a chloride of an element contains 0.835 g of chlorine. If vapour density of the chloride is 85, find weight of the element and its valency. I tried to solve it but couldn't get to the answer ...
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How to reduce the pH of a sodium hypochlorite solution

I want to reduce the $\mathrm{pH}$ of a commercially available bleaching solution containing sodium hypochlorite to a degree that $\ce{HOCl}$ becomes the predominant species in the solution (in ...
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Backbonding in molecules like BF3

Can anyone please briefly explain to me the concept of backbonding along with necessary conditions for backbonding with some example? As I understand, backbonding is a donation of electron from ...
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Balancing the reaction equation for the oxidation of lead(II) sulfide with ozone

While I was reading about the chemical reactions of ozone, I came across this reaction. $$\ce{PbS + 4O3 -> PbSO4 + 4O2}$$ Though the reaction seems well balanced, but when I attempted to balance ...
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Why is the pH level of carbonation loss decreasing then increases afterwards?

We have done an experiment of the titration of unsealed sprite soda to find the amount of carbonic acid being loss on various duration (0 to 1 hour), due to decrease pressure. The calculation was to ...
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What reaction makes sodium silicate harden in CO2

I have looked all over the web, and I can only find information stating that it does happen. I don't doubt that I just can't figure out what is happening. Some sources state that an acid can cause the ...
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Magnetic behavior of sodium thio-nitroprusside

Is $\ce{Na4[Fe(CN)5NOS]}$ contains $\ce{Fe(II)}$ and $\ce{NO+}$ and hence diamagnetic, or $\ce{Fe(III)}$ and $\ce{NO}$ and hence paramagnetic?If in this molecule NO transfers one electron to $\ce{Fe(...
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Hydrogen bonding of chlorine [duplicate]

Even though nitrogen is less electronegative than chlorine according to Pauling scale bit why don't it form hydrogen bonding as effective as of nitrogen ? ( Electronegativity valve of N =3.0,Cl=3.2)
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Coordination number of complex resulting from sodium nitroprusside test

In my textbook the following reaction is given to identify sulfide ion: $$\ce{Na2[Fe(CN)5(NO)] + Na2S -> \underset{\text{violet solution}}{Na4[Fe(CN)5NOS]}}$$ Here's what I want to know: Is $\...
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Quantum numbers required to specify the position of an electron

In a test today, there was this question: How many quantum numbers are required to specify the position of an electron? $$(A)\ 1 \quad (B)\ 2 \quad (C)\ 3 \quad (D)\ 4$$ The answer key says ...
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Why is there no effective alternative to metal salts in antiperspirants?

Metal salts, especially aluminum compounds are used in antiperspirants to prevent sweating. I found out aluminum chloride hexahydrate, which is found in most antiperspirants, undergoes an acid-base ...
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Is black phosphorous aromatic?

I know that graphite and boron nitride are aromatic in nature. In a similar way, can black phosphorous too exhibit aromaticity? Since it is essentially the same having 6 membered rings with lone ...
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Two different answers obtained by balancing this chemical equation!! Somehow [duplicate]

This is the concerned equation: $\ce{ XeF4 + H2O -> Xe + XeO3 + HF + O2}$ This can be balanced as $\ce{6 XeF4 + 12 H2O -> 4 Xe + 2 XeO3 + 24HF + 3 O2}$ or $\ce{5 XeF4 + 10H2O ->3 Xe + ...
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How well will molten iron chrysolite (fayalite) react with hydrogen?

The equation balances nicely, but would the reaction tend to proceed this way? What temperature and time would be needed? $\ce{Fe2SiO4 + 2H2 -> 2H2O + 2Fe + SiO2}$ There is no problem with ...
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Considering the d-d transition how, does tetracyanidonickelate(II) ion exist as a colored complex?

As I refer on google, the resources indicated that, the d block elements which have unpaired electrons as in their ions, when they are making complexes with ligands, they can absorb different ...
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What is the strongest oxidising agent?

I searched for the strongest oxidising agent and I found different results: $\ce{ClF3}$, $\ce{HArF}$, $\ce{F2}$ were among them. Many said $\ce{ClF3}$ is the most powerful as it oxidises everything, ...
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Mechanism for Chromyl Chloride Formation

This is the very famous chromyl chloride test, used for detection of chloride ion in solution - $$\ce{K2Cr2O7 + 4NaCl + 6H2SO4 -> 2CrO2Cl2 + 2KHSO4 + 4NaHSO4 +3H2O}$$ When a mixture containing ...
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Why does the following “Battery” experiment work?

I did the following experiment: Experimental setup: Two electrodes (one made out of Iron,the other made out of Copper) are put into a (bluish) Copper(ii) sulfate lotion. Then, one connect a ...
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What makes Gorilla Glass more durable with each generation?

Gorilla Glass (GG) is one of the most recognizable brands of toughened glasses today, thanks to their marketing and widespread usage in various gadgets and automobile industry. According to Wikipedia,...
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Disproportionation of 2 KO₂ + 2 H₂O → 2 KOH + H₂O₂ + O₂

How is the following reaction a disproportionation reaction? $$\ce{2 K\overset{-1/2}{O}_2 + 2 H2\overset{-2}{O} ->2 KOH + H2\overset{-1}{O}_2 + \overset{0}{O}_2}$$ In this, the OS are $-1/2$, $-2$...
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Alkyl insertion with cobalt and CO

Reaction of $\ce{(Cp)Co(Me)2(CO)}$ in the presence of excess $\ce{CO}$ yields two different organic products, $\ce{A}$ and $\ce{B}.$ The only metal-containing product is $\ce{(Cp)Co(CO)2}.$ The IR ...
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Calculating yield percentage of magnetite synthesis

I’ve made magnetite $\ce{Fe3O4}$ in the lab and now I need to calculate yield percentage. How can I do it? I have these data. \begin{align} \ce{FeSO4.7H2O(aq) &-> Fe^2+(aq) + SO4^2- (aq) + ...
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If change in free energy (G) is positive, how do those reactions still occur?

I was doing a couple of problems for homework: Calculate $K_\mathrm{sp}$ of $\ce{AgI}$ at $55.0\ \mathrm{^\circ C}$ Calculate $K_\mathrm{b}$ of $\ce{NH3}$ at $36.0\ \mathrm{^\circ C}$ I have to use ...
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Why are palladium and platinum carbonyls unstable at room temperature?

By palladium and platinum carbonyls, I mean the mononuclear, homoleptic, charge-neutral, binary carbonyl complexes of the form $\ce{M(CO)_n}$ and not any heteroleptic complexes like $\ce{Pd(CO)(PPh3)3}...