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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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Bond dissociation energy order for C−C, N−N, O−O and F−F single bonds

Data from Chemistry LibreTexts — Strength of Covalent Bonds, Table 8.8.1: Average Bond Energies (kJ/mol) for Commonly Encountered Bonds at 273 K: $$ \begin{array}{cr} \hline \text{Bond} & D/\pu{...
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Why does NO2 exists as a neutral gas molecule, nitrite, nitronium?

Why does $\ce{NO2}$ exists as a gas molecule, $\ce{NO2-},$ $\ce{NO2+}?$ How are they different in structure and reactivity? I am confused how the same compound with same number of atom can have $+1,$...
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What is tetrasulfur like? Why is there so little experimental information about it?

Phys.org's How sulfur helped make Earth habitable before the rise of oxygen says Mapping the bonds and vibrational modes of molecules containing sulfur isotopes is helping to shed light on the ...
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Why does not aqua regia burn filter paper?

We were doing basic radical analysis in lab and we were asked to add aqua regia on the filtered PPT collected on the filter paper and collect the formed solution , my question is if aqua regia can ...
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Chemical Anti-bonding and Pauli repulsion [closed]

We can explain chemical anti-bonding just using the Pauli repulsion correct?Let's take He2. 2 atoms of He share 4 1s electrons and since the magnetic spin for electrons has 2 values there would be 2 ...
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What is the electrochemical reaction of this battery?

I've watched a YouTube video "Soda Can Battery - Power From Trash - DIY Project" by Source Port Services. I understand that the anode can be oxidised, but what is the reduction reaction at the cathode?...
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Boiling nitric acid and gold plating

I was watching a YouTube video "Home Brew Gold Plating" by Cody'sLab and had a few questions. In the video to dissolve the gold first he creates a mixture of $\ce{HCl}$ and $\ce{HNO3}$ (aqua regia). ...
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Isomerism and namegiving

Is this the right chemical formula of the $\ce{Rb[Pt(NH3)Br2Cl]}$ complex: rubidium amminedibromidochloridoplatinate(II)? And is it correct that it has geometric isomerism, being square planar with a ...
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Methylammonium lead(II) iodide perovskites in bulk form

I am trying to obtain $\ce{(MA)PbI3}$ as a bulk powder using lead(II) iodide and methylammonium iodide as precursors. I have not yet tried simply mixing the two in methanol/ethanol and removing the ...
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Mechanism for the reaction between trisilylamine and hydrogen chloride

In Concise Inorganic Chemistry by J. D. Lee (adapted by Sudarsan Guha), in the chapter "Chemical Bonding", under the topic "Back Bonding with Nitrogen as a donor atom" the following reaction is given: ...
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Reaction between NaOH and CO2

So I wanted to know what the reaction between sodium hydroxide and carbon dioxide can be, and upon research I got 2 answers. The first one is $$\ce{CO2 + NaOH(aq) -> NaHCO3(aq)}$$ and the second ...
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Relative Energies of Resonance Contributors & Stability of Borazine

We know that Borazine (Inorganic Benzene) is aromatic in nature. The following image shows the resonance contributors of borazine: What are the relative energies of these three resonance contributors?...
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Reaction with tin(IV) iodide and hydrogen peroxide [closed]

Today I reacted tin(IV) iodide $\ce{SnI4}$ (dissolved in water) with hydrogen peroxide. This produced a yellow/brown colour (I'm guessing due to formation of $\ce{I2}?).$ I then added some petroleum ...
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How to calculate Revelle factor using only pH, DIC and TAlk for seawater?

I have the temperature, salinity, $\mathrm{pH},$ dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) and total alkalinity (TAlk) values for an estuarine water sample. I want to calculate the Revelle factor. The Revelle ...
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Bond Length Comparison in $\ce{PF4Cl}$ and $\ce{PF3Cl2}$ [duplicate]

What would be the comparison between $\ce{P-F}$ and $\ce{P-Cl}$ bond length in phosphorus tetrafluoride chloride $\ce{PF4Cl}$ and phosphorus trifluoride dichloride $\ce{PF3Cl2}$ in the equitorial ...
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Aqueous copper and how it reacts with NH3

I have learnt that you can test whether an unknown metal is copper by doing a simple test tube reaction. The reaction involves adding aqueous $\ce{NH3}$ to the test tube which contains the copper. ...
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Alkylation before ring closure?

So, another question from my side. I have been thinking about the folowing reaction: The reaction above exists and was already done on two occasions and reportedly works really well and it seems to ...
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Is lithium carbide an ionic compound or covalent? [duplicate]

I read in my chemistry textbook that lithium carbide (Li4C) is the only carbide amongst alkali metals. As we know, carbides are ionic compounds, and calcium carbide is predominantly ionic (calcium ...
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Energy level of molecular orbitals in heteronuclear diatomic compounds

I have been studying the molecular orbital theorem. I read that the energy levels for the $\ce{p}$ orbitals in the first series of $\ce{p}$ block molecules are something to the tune of $$\pi_x=\pi_y&...
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Drawing bicarbonate ion in different way [closed]

I don't know why can't I draw $\ce{[HCO3]-}$ like that: I tried to draw it like that and checked everything. I checked formal charge and all was good. Why they draw it OH I know its also alright but ...
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Identifying a quadruply charged anion containing three carbon atoms

This linear polyatomic ion containing three atoms of carbon has a negative four charge and is only found bonded with lithium and magnesium. Could anyone identify this for me? It's from a quiz bowl ...
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Make a silver zinc battery

I have a shaver that runs off a rechargeable battery that is dying. Would it be feasible to make a silver zinc battery and use it to replace the existing battery? Cost is not an object, anything less ...
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Predicting a precipitate based on Ksp

$\pu{105 mL}$ of $\pu{0.10 M}$ $\ce{AgNO3}$ is added to $\pu{125 mL}$ of $\pu{0.35 M}$ $\ce{K2CrO4}.$ Will a precipitate form? $(K_\mathrm{sp}$ for $\ce{Ag2CrO4}$ is $\pu{1.12E-12}.)$ Answer: Can ...
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Would both iodide and iodate react with sulfuric acid?

If we have something that contains both $\ce{I-}$ and $\ce{IO3-}$ and it gets dissolved in $\ce{H2SO4},$ what reaction would occur? And I'm under the impression that it's an impossible reaction, but I ...
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Why do disproportionation reactions take place?

I want to know what are the conditions when disproportionation reaction is feasible. Is it just because of stability factors or it has other dimensions to it. As an example: $$\ce{3HNO2 -> HNO3 + ...
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Cold process to make glass

Since glass is a mix of silicates of sodium and calcium produced by heating or fusing together $\ce{Na2O}$ (Lewis base) with sand or $\ce{SiO2}$ (Lewis acid). Since $\ce{Na2O/NaOH(aq)}$ is a strong ...
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Should we expect Jahn–Teller distortion in bis(ethylenediamine)nickel(II)?

(ii) The stepwise stability constants of the following complexes in aqueous solution at $\pu{25 °C}$ are given below: $$ \begin{array}{cll} \hline \ce{M} & \ce{[M(en)2(H2O)2]^2+} & \ce{[M(...
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Why do statistical effects impact stepwise stability constants?

I have a question regarding the stepwise stability constants of metal complex formation/substitution. My lecture notes say that if we have a metal complex, say $\ce{[MX_{6}]}$, and a substitution ...
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Is an ion or a polar molecule more attracted to water in general? [closed]

I realize that there are exceptions but as a general rule of thumb, is an ion or a polar molecule attracted to water? I think that it would be ions since the charge is much larger than the net dipole ...
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When disolving a iron pill for titration, why do I use sulfuric acid instead of nitric or hydrochloric acid?

In a titration to decide the iron content of a pill we dissolved the iron in sulfuric acid and then titrated it with cerium(IV) sulfate. But I just wondered what's wrong with using nitric and ...
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Why does the emission wavelength of sodium appear to be an exception despite the trend for ionisation enthalpies among alkali metals?

The wavelengths for emissions in the visible region for Group 1 elements is as follows: $$ \begin{array}{lc} \hline \text{Element} & λ/\pu{nm} \\ \hline \ce{Li} & 670.8 \\ \ce{Na} & 589.2 ...
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Regarding chemical bonding [closed]

In a book of inorganic I chemistry (by OP Tandon) .There are two structures of hydrogen peroxide given, one is with covalent bond (H-O-O-H) and the other with coordinate bond (extra oxygen using ...
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Comparison of C-Cl bond length in CH3Cl and CF3Cl

Topic: Chemical Bonding (Application of Bent's Rule) Bent's rule is also consistent with Gillespie's VSEPR model, and may provide alternative rationalisation for effect of electronegativity. So it ...
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Why is back bonding not possible in sulfur dichloride?

In Concise Inorganic Chemistry by JD Lee (4th edition; adapted by Sudarshan Guha), page 76 under the topic "Back Bonding" it is given: For $\ce{SCl2}$ the bond angle is 102° since the lone pair of $...
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Molybdenum ditelluride (MoTe2) single and few-layer liquid exfoliation? [closed]

In 2D nanomaterials like Transition Metal Dichalcogenides (TMD) exfoliated using liquid exfoliation methods, the solvent will play an important role in determining the final thickness and quality of ...
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Why is dimethylglyoximate a bidentate ligand and not a tetradentate ligand?

Why can't the 2 oxygen atoms donate a lone pair and hence become binding sites? Is it because of the angle made by the oxygen and Nitrogen atoms?
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Mathematical relation between bond angle and fraction of s or p character

In Concise Inorganic Chemistry by J.D.Lee (Adapted by Sudarsan Guha, Fourth Edition), on page 75, under the topic "Effect of Electronegativity - When the surrounding atom is same with different ...
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What is the Reactivity order of alkali metals towards hydrogen?

I had read that reactivity of alkali metals towards oxygen is increasing down the group.But the reactivity of the alkali metals decrease down the group towards hydrogen. The reason given in my book is ...
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Does sulfoxide H₂SO exist?

The question Does H2SO or H2CO have a higher dipole moment? left me wondering whether $\ce{H2SO}$ has already been synthesized. There are experimental evidences that both hydrogen thioperoxide $\ce{...
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Energy of mercury(II) oxide decomposition

Study check 9.11 from [1, p. 298]: Mercury(II) oxide decomposes to mercury and oxygen. $$\ce{2 HgO -> 2Hg + O2}\quad ΔH = \pu{+182 kJ}$$ […] b. How many kilojoules are needed when ...
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Salt analysis of Ag salts

So I was doing analysis of Ag salts and I found Agbr is curry white partially soluble in ammonia , AgI is yellowish and insoluble . BUT silver phosphate is also yellow . So can anyone tell whether or ...
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Does crystalline glass exist?

As far as I know, glass is a non-crystalline amorphous solid. Does glass exist in crystalline forms? Or is it the definition of glass that it's non-crystalline, in which case my question is based off ...
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Can oxygen gas in air react with Mn3O4 to form MnO2?

I think $\ce{MnO2}$ at high temperature can be used as a catalyst for $\ce{SO2 + O2 -> SO3}$: $$ \begin{align} \ce{MnO2 + SO2 &-> MnSO4}\tag{1}\\ \ce{3 MnSO4 &-> Mn3O4 + SO2 + 2 SO3}\...
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How are the hybrid orbitals of sulfur hexafluoride shaped?

On the fluorine end the fluoride atoms are simply completing a $3p$ orbital. On the sulfur end one could posit a hybrid of one $3s$ orbital, two $3p$ orbitals and a three inner $2p$ orbitals. However,...
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Why don't unstable odd electron species dimerize so that they become stable?

Why doesn't unstable odd electron compound $\ce{NO}$ dimerize to $\ce{N2O2}$? Why doesn't this structure of ozonide dimerize? But why then does $\ce{BH3}$ dimerizes to $\ce{B2H6}$, and $\ce{AlCl3}$ to ...
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Why does Nitrogen Oxide NO exist? [duplicate]

The nitrogen oxide NO exists and has an uneven number of valence electrons. This is "impossible". Why does it exist ? Why is it not dimerized ?
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Why do bubbles form when a reactive metal is placed in a less reactive metal's salt solution?

What is the gas that if formed when a reactive metal is placed in a salt solution of a less reactive metal? Theoretically, it should just be a simple displacement. I know that this question has been ...
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Working principle of Fisher-Price Light Sketcher

I was just searching around in my store room and I found this Fisher-Price Light Sketcher. I am just amazed how the light from the pen draws on the board without even contact! I searched a lot but ...
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Is KF the most ionic compound?

I saw somewhere (can't recall where) that KF is the most ionic compound. I expected CsF. Does the greater polarizability of Cs allow it to more easily form covalent bonds compared to K? Does this ...
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Explanation for the reaction of gold and iodine(iii) solution

The Experiment A few days ago I saw a video of dissolving gold in the condition of $\ce{ICl3/HCl(aq)}$. In the video, $\ce{ICl3(s)}$ is added to a test tube, followed by adding conc. hydrochloric acid....