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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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Will gamma radiation cause “thermal” decomposition of sodium bicarbonate?

I am conducting research for a new drug that contains powdered sodium bicarbonate, and the drug will need to be sterilized after placement into it's container/closure system. Typically, this is ...
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What is the range of values of n in [Cu(NH3)4(H2O)n]SO4?

My textbook represents the copper ion as "tetraaminecopper(II) sulfate-1-water", so I assumed that this complex ion has only 1 water of crystallization. Then, in the Wikipedia article, they represent ...
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Acidity comparison of charged group 16 hydrides

March's Organic Chemistry (7th ed - page 337 under "Periodic Table Correlations" in chapter "Acids and Bases") states that: $\ce{H3O+ > H3S+ > H3Se+}$ is the acidity order of these charged ...
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Rules to identify the most stable resonance structures

While studying resonance from this Chemistry LibreTexts article, I found the rules to follow in order to decide which structure is the most stable. Among them: The structure with the least number of ...
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How to name Hg[Co(SCN)4]?

I have basically written the entire name except for the oxidation state of $\ce{Co}$. Mercury tetrathiocyanatocobaltate( ) to know what is the oxidation state of cobalt, I must know the ...
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Is there a mnemonic to study the spectrochemical series?

Mnemonics help to by-heart things which are difficult to do so and which are important. I found mnemonics for studying the periodic table, electromagnetic series etc which were of great help. So, is ...
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How to find oxidation state of Co and Cr in [Co(NH₃)₄(NO₂)₂][Cr(NH₃)₃(NO₂)₃]?

Which of the following options represents the oxidation state of $\ce{Co}$ and $\ce{Cr}$ in the given complex? $$\ce{[Co(NH3)4(NO2)2][Cr(NH3)3(NO2)3]}$$ (A) $2, 3$ (B) $3, 2$ (C) $3, 3$ ...
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Observations when mixing potassium Triiodide and Sodium thiosulfate [closed]

I have a reaction equation, it's all balanced but I don't understand what the physical change is. It is as follows: $$\ce{2Na2S2O3 + KI3 \to 2Na2S4O6 + 2NaI + KI}$$ It was used to prove if $\ce{...
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Why is a compound that is more stable gives out less energy upon reaction? [closed]

I am having trouble relating stability with energy released. For example, I am looking at a statement regarding Benzene that says, since delocalised electron model of Benzene is more stable than the ...
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π-Acceptor ligands

Which of the following are π-acceptor ligands? $\ce{PR3}$ $\ce{Cl-}$ $\ce{NH3}$ $\ce{H-}$ I know that $\ce{PR3}$ is a π-acceptor, and that $\ce{Cl-}$ is a π-donor ligand from my ...
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Solubility of metal halides

Are LiBr and LiCl ionic or covalent? Are they soluble in water? Some texts say they are partially soluble in water and in organic solvents also. Or can it be believed that they have more of a covalent ...
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What is reason of stability of metal (Sr and Ba) peroxides?

While studying inorganic chemistry I came across the following chemical equation. $$\ce{M + Air\left(1/2O2 + N2\right) ->[Δ] MO ->[\text{Excess}~O2] MO2 (Stable) + M3N2}$$ $$\ce{M} = \ce{Sr, ...
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Why is molybdenum that important in inorganic synthesis as well as biosynthesis of ammonia?

We know that Mo (Molybdenum ) is used as a catalyst for Haber's process, during synthesis of Ammonia from Nitrogen. Again, in biological systems, Nitrogen fixation (ALSO forming Ammonia from Nitrogen)...
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Lead(II) oxide CRT monitor extraction

I have a large CRT monitor that, by the weight of the monitor, I estimate to contain over two pounds of lead. I want to know if the lead oxide is a mixture with the glass, or if it is chemically ...
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Finding the sum of coefficients of the reaction

What is the sum of the coefficients $(a + b + c)$ in the following reaction? $$\ce{x Zn + y HNO3} -> {a Zn(NO3)2 + b H2O + c NH4NO3}$$ Here if the equation is balanced we get 1 mol of $\ce{Zn}...
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Second ionization energies of copper(Cu) and silver(Ag)

The ionization energies of copper and silver are First ionization energy: Cu-745.5 kJ/mol Ag-731.0 kJ/mol Second ionization energy: Cu-1958 kJ/mol Ag-2073 kJ/mol Now, looking at the ...
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Maximum metal-metal distance for antiferromagnetic coupling

Imagine a transition metal complex with multiple open-shell transition metal cations. If the metals are relatively close in distance, it is possible that antiferromagnetic coupling will occur between ...
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Can tin(IV) sulfide be synthesized from tin(II) chloride via oxidation with sulfite in acidic media? [closed]

Will the following reaction occur? $$\ce{2Na2SO3 + 6SnCl2 + 12HCl → 4NaCl + 5SnCl4 + SnS2 + 6H2O}$$ I'm going to synthesizing $\ce{SnS}$ and $\ce{SnS2}$ NP's, but our supply is runned out and ...
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Particle-wave duality for atoms [closed]

Hmm Hello . I was wondering if we could apply the particle-wave duality of a subatomic particle for an entire atom.I know that atom is better described as space but could we apply the de Broglie ...
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why is white phosphorous given to have ZERO standard heat of formation [duplicate]

why is white phosphorous given to have ZERO standard heat of formation?? while it is well known fact that white phosphorous is highly reactive and is obviously less stable than red and black ...
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Using cryptands to make a negatively-charged solution?

In our discussion group, my friend mentioned that metal cations can be separated from other cations in solution using cryptands. After addition of the cryptands to the solution of the cations, ...
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Molarity of silver(I) nitrate solution after the reaction with magnesium [closed]

$\pu{3 g}$ of $\ce{Mg}$ are placed in $\pu{500 mL}$ of $\pu{0.625 M}$ $\ce{AgNO3}$. When the reaction is complete, what is the molarity of the $\ce{AgNO3}$ solution? I'm thinking you need to use $...
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Which half cell equation do you switch when calculating E° cell?

Given the following standard potentials calculate the overall $E^\circ_\mathrm{cell}$: $$ \begin{align} \ce{Pb(SO4)(s) + 2 e- &→ Pb(s) +SO4^2-(aq)} &\quad E^\circ &= \pu{-0.356 V} \\ ...
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How to assess sunscreen effective via blueprinting?

How do I assess the effectiveness of sunscreen creams by using the blueprinting process? I know blueprinting is done when something is sensitive to light and this may cause reactions to produce a ...
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Reducing Strength of Phosphorus Oxoacids

My chemistry textbook suggests that "acids which contain a P-H bond have strong reducing properties". Both hypophosphorous acid (H3PO2) and pyrophosphorous acid (H4P2O5) contain two P-H bonds; a P-O-P ...
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What can be done to increase the yield of a product in a chemical reaction that has reached equilibrium?

Let's take the following reaction that has reached equilibrium : $\ce{CaCO3}$ (s) forms $\ce{CaO}$(s) and $\ce{CO2}$(g) What can be done to increase the yield of calcium oxide ? My initial thought was ...
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Oxidation reaction of dimethylselenide / Selenourea with hydrogen peroxide

For my paper, I need to find the reaction between $\ce{(CH3)2Se2}$ and $\ce{H2O2}$ and between $\ce{SeC(NH2)2}$ and $\ce{H2O2}$. The mechanism below shows how I think it goes. The reaction should ...
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How do I identify the compound(s) that formed from a failed synthesis of another compound?

A general answer to the question is great, but specified to my problem is very much welcomed. My team had a lab project — to synthesize chrome alum crystals. We first dissolved $0.3 \, \rm g$ of ...
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How to measure saturated salinity and mineral levels for flaked sea salt?

I am a sea salt enthusiast looking to make the perfect flakey sea salt. I start with sea water and boil it down to a thick brine. Then with less heat I reduce the brine more slowly and inverted salt ...
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Is magnesium sulfate basic, neutral or acidic?

A question in my college test was whether $\ce{MgSO4}$ is neutral, acidic or basic. I was told to solve this kind of problem by hydrolyzing any ions that do not "come from" a strong acid or a strong ...
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What methods could be used for determining the concentration of Zn2+ in a solution?

I know that complexometric titration with EDTA is one method. What other methods could be used?
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Why do electrocatalysts based on polyoxometalates and carbon materials have a weaker activity/performance in acidic media?

I am testing now some doped N and S doped carbon nanomaterials alone and immobilized in POM for the purpose of developing a nanocomposite that can serve as an electrocatalyst for energy-related ...
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Determining amounts of product and excess reagent remaining post reaction

$$\ce{2FeS2 + 11/2 O2 -> Fe2O3 + 4 SO2}$$ Mass of $\ce{FeS2}$ is $\pu{600 g}$ and mass of $\ce{O2}$ is $\pu{800 g}$. Find the amounts of $\ce{Fe2O3}$ and $\ce{SO2}$ and the remaining amount of ...
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How can an electron shield another electron of the same subshell?

While I was preparing for my upcoming exams, I stumbled upon this sentence which is bothering me quite a bit: The contraction of the lanthanoids is due to the imperfect shielding of one electron by ...
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How is it possible to increase mercury's specific weight?

Is it possible to change mercury's specific weight to make it heavier? By mixing it with anything? But not by changing its temperature.
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Reactivity and its meaning

When we say that “potassium” is reactive, are we referring to a potassium atom or bulk potassium as in the solid metal? In other words does “potassium” refer to a type of atom or an agglomeration of ...
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Calcium Nitrate - Why only 18.8% Calcium for fertiliser?

I brought a kilo of Calcium Nitrate for my hydroponic setup. The chemical formula for Calium Nitrate is Ca(NO3)2. I did a quick calculation of its weight: Ca = 1*40.078 N = 2*14.006 = 28.012 O =...
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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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Does silver oxide react with hydrogen sulfide?

Electronic connectors are often silver plated. However, silver tarnishes fairly quickly and heavily. There exists a widespread misconception that the tarnishing of silver contacts is harmless, because ...
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What are the differences between grade 3 water and distilled water?

I know the definition and properties of distilled water and grade 3 water. But what I know about grade 3 water and distilled water is not sufficient to distinguish them. Is grade 3 water obtained ...
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Comparison between Boron Nitride and Graphite: Interlayer distance

Boron-nitrogen chemistry has attracted significant attention, partly because a B–N unit is isoelectronic with C–C. Furthermore, the radius of carbon and its electronegativity are roughly the average ...
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MO diagram of BeH₂

I was learning about the MO diagrams of triatomic molecules and was left slightly confused about $\ce{BeH2}$. A picture of the MO is shown below: When looking at the $\mathrm{1s}$ combinations, I ...
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Why is the melting point of magnesium oxide higher than aluminium oxide?

There's a graph of the melting points of period three oxides. The melting point of magnesium oxide is several hundred Kelvin higher than aluminiumoxide. I can't find any explanations for this on the ...
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Only d orbital electrons for spin only magnetic moment

During my chemistry lessons and self studies, I have come upon many instances where I observed that during calculations of spin only magnetic moment of transition elements only the d orbital electrons ...
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Storing hydrofluoric acid before the invention of plastics

The first person to synthesize hydrofluoric acid in large quantities was Carl Wilhelm Scheele in 1771. This acid is known for its ability to corrode glass and metals. What materials were the ...
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Products of silicate synthesis

I'm attempting to make a hard refractory cement to apply over kiln brick made of sodium silicate and Perlite. This creates a very good kiln brick, however they are susceptible to abrasion. I've been ...
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Precipitating silver(I) salts from the solution of barium(II) cyanate and iodide

Consider a $\pu{10.0 mL}$ solution containing $\pu{1.0e-10 M}$ each of $\ce{Ba(CN)2}$ and $\ce{BaI2}$. If $\pu{3.5e-9 mol}$ of $\ce{AgNO3(s)}$ is added to this solution, will any precipitate(s) form? ...
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Devitrification vs glass transition temperature

This graph comes from a so-called "differential thermal analysis". It is studying the effects of temperature on glass. I don't understand what the difference between "glass transition" and "...
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Is dehydrating copper(II) sulphate pentahydrate a chemical or physical change?

Is removing the waters of hydration from $\ce{CuSO4 * 5H2O}$ a chemical or physical change? Sorry for the trivial question. I get varying answers across the net.