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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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Why are the melting points of Sb and Bi lower than that of As?

My book says it has something to do with the inert pair effect. And unlike As, Sb and Bi tend to form 3 covalent bonds rather than 5. I don't understand what's really going on here.
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How come ancient Egyptian ink didn't fade during thousands of years?

This ink's main ingredients were charcoal, honey and gum arabica. I understand charcoal is carbon and it would remain black for long time or forever just like coal. But gum arabica is organic and I ...
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O-N-O bond angles in oxides of nitrogen

If we look at the bond angles of O-N-O in figure (c), (D) and (F), there not too much change in bond angle. Even though they are notable. So my question is, Why do we observe very small change in ...
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Relative strength of metal hydrides as reducing agents

Question: Out of $CH_4, CaH_2, FeCl_2$ and $BeH_2$, which compound would produce the most strongly reducing aqueous solution? Thoughts: Out of the hydrides, I would say that $CaH_2$ stands a good ...
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Curious precipitate from substitution reaction

Two solutions were prepared. 'Solution A' being $\ce {Na2S4}$ prepared from aqueous $\ce {NaOH}$ and elemental sulfur, the mixture heated and additional sulfur added until sulfur remained as a ...
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Generating Precipitation Diagrams with CompuTherm Pandat

I am trying to develop precipitation diagrams for an Ag-Cu-Sn alloy to figure out the kinetics involved using the CompuTherm Pandat Software (Demo Version). The precipitation diagrams need the ...
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If both nitric acid and nitrate ion are stabilised through resonance, what makes the nitrate ion more stable in aqueous medium?

If both nitric acid and nitrate ion are stabilised through resonance, what makes the nitrate ion more stable in aqueous medium? Can the same argument be applied to nitrous acid and nitrite ion in ...
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What does boiling point of a metal depend on, specifically manganese?

Boiling point, as I understand, generally depends on molar mass and the intermolecular interactions in the liquid phase. What are the other influencing factors? What intermolecular forces are present ...
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How to find the standard enthalpy and entropy for the dissolution of silver chloride?

A maximum of $1.89~\mathrm{mg}$ of $\ce{AgCl}$ will dissolve in $1.00~\mathrm{L}$ of solution at $25.00~^\circ\mathrm{C}$. A maximum of $5.26~\mathrm{mg}$ of $\ce{AgCl}$ will dissolve in $1.00~\...
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Why does Pb(II) promote ligand substitution?

I have heard of an article where divalent lead $\ce{PbL2}$ ($\ce{L}$ is ligand) reacts with something (again not sure, as I dont know the article) and what it reacts with gains a ligand. In less ...
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Does the magnesium 2+ ion prefer an octet or more?

In organic chemistry I was told that the magnesium ion which is part of Grignards is coordinated to several ether molecules. The overall structure around the magnesium is tetrahedral, which implies ...
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In what ways (other than color) does black Aluminum Oxide differ from white?

I work in a (physics) lab in which an aluminum oxide coating is applied to the inner surface of a plasma confinement vessel (made of Cu) to provide an electrically insulating layer that can withstand ...
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Am I right in giving the following reason for some questions relating to the p-block?

I'm seeking clarification as I believe this to be the answer to why boron compounds are electron deficient. While bonding, the $2s^2$ electrons of Boron are excited to the $2p_y$ orbital, they engage ...
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Carbon monoxide detector reaction

I have recently bought a carbon monoxide spot detector which is not working the way I intended for it. A carbon monoxide spot detector is an analog carbon-monoxide detecting patch that changes color ...
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How is N to C ratio measured in forming austenitic stainless steel?

Nitrogen is the future hope of stainless steel industry; since in the production of austenitic steel it can even completely replace Nickel (which is relatively very expensive) in some cases and for ...
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Clean tin with aluminium

I've been using aluminium foil and table salt to clean my silverware for a long time without actually concerning myself with the chemistry behind it. A couple of days ago i started digging into the ...
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What distinguishes a Lewis Complex from an Adduct or are they synonymous?

I cannot think of a distinction - the terms seem to be used interchangeably when talking about products of Lewis acid-base reactions. However, I am concerned that I may have overlooked a subtlety. ...
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Hexafluorosilicid acid attacks glass?

When HF meets glass, Hexafluorosilic acid is formed (assuming some water is present). It appears that Hexafluorosilic acid and further attack glass? How is this so, considering that all F atoms are "...
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Is there a compound where one element has a CCP structure with all voids occupied by others?

My Google-fu hasn't got me anywhere. All results have been quite fuzzy about it, nothing explicit.
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Are there practical chemical reactions that do mechanical work without heat or electricity?

Every day we use chemical reactions to perform mechanical work by creating either heat (e.g. in a piston engine) or electricity (batteries). I know muscles perform work by taking stored chemical ...
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What are the possible side reactions when preparing iron(III) naphthenate?

I am trying to prepare some iron(III) naphthenate. And the raw materials are : ferric(III) chloride, and naphthenate acid, NaOH, toluene, deionized water Everything worked well in lab scale: final ...
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Making a reasonable slab of alpha quartz

I want to perform a molecular dynamics simulation with alpha-quartz as my mineral surface. I want to study adsorption of water on alpha-quartz. The most dominant error that I came up with is the ...
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What reaction took place?

Okay, so I was fiddling about in the chemistry lab, and I added: Sodium Nitroprusside (soln) $\ce{Na_2[Fe(CN)_5NO]}$ with Potassium Ferrocyanide (soln) $\ce{K_4[Fe(CN)_6]}$. $\ce{Na_2[Fe(CN)_5NO]}$ ...
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Analysis of a mixture of carbonate salts

We've got a mixture of carbonate salts. It's a buffer, used in fish tanks. How might we go about identifying the components and their concentrations? I suspect it'd be hard to separate some of this. ...
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Comparing the bond strength between a polar bond and non-polar bond

According to NCERT class 12 part 2, $\ce{ICl}$ has lesser bond enthalpy than $\ce{I2}$. I have read that non polar covalent bonds are weaker than polar covalent bonds as in polar covalent bonds ...
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Residual hydroxyl groups in silicone resins

Silicone resins are solutions of branched-chain siloxanes containing residual hydroxyl groups. What is meant by "residual hydroxyl groups"?
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Reaction of Lead(II) Chloride and Ammonia

While searching how to identify cations in a solution I found that ammonia could be used to distinguish between $\ce{AgCl}$ and $\ce{PbCl2}$ precipitates after $\ce{HCl}$ had been added. Why does ...
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Does a complex that has no overall charge still have color?

The iron complex $\ce{[Fe(H2O)6]^2+}$ is colored but I'm wondering, if a pair of chloride ion is inserted on its secondary valency to form [FeCl2(H2O)6], does the complex loose its color or not?
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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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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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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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“Hairy” corrosion on anodized alu-part in water

I got a water tank with a mechanical assembly in. The assembly consist of parts of anodized aluminium mounted on stainless steel plates (AISI 304). This is submerged down in fresh water. The tank is ...
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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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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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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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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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Electron-donating trends for ligands bound to metal complexes

Imagine an inorganic complex with a bunch of terminal ligands. All else the same, would $\ce{F-}$ or $\ce{Br-}$ ligands be more electron-donating and why? Of course, in terms of $\mathrm{p}K_{\mathrm{...
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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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Applying Ligand Field Theory, How Can The Color Of Transition Complex Ions Be Explained/Represented?

1. To my understanding, Crystal Field Theory allows for an explanation for the colors of transition metal complex ions due to the d-d transitions which occur. This transition ∆o, is from the t2g ...
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Making hard water

Does anyone know how to make hard water with a hardness of 200+ ppm in terms of $\ce{CaCO3}$? I live in Seattle and we have very soft water and we need hard water for testing purposes. Obviously you ...
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Why do polyoxometalates have good electrochemical/ redox properties?

Many authors are using polyoxomethalates immobilised in carbon nanomaterial as electrocatalysts for energy related reactions (ORR, HER, OER). Other metal alloys have also shown to be successful as ...
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Metal complexes and bonding of ligands

I am currently learning about transition metal complexes, however I keep seeing complexes like $\ce{[Al(H2O)6}]^{3+}$ but aluminium isn't a transition metal. Is this a case that any metal can form a ...
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Is cobalt (III) hexaaqua paramagnetic or diamagnetic?

The complex ion $\ce{[Co(H2O)6]^3+}$ has $\ce{Co}$ in the $+3$ oxidation state, meaning it has an electron configuration of $[Ar] 4s^0 3d^6$. Therefore it has 4 unpaired electrons and would be ...
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How do we get the wave function of Ligand Group Orbitals with the same symmetry as that of the corresponding metal orbitals

In the book Principles of Structure and Reactivity by Huheey, Chapter 14, the author has taken linear combination of ligand orbitals to form ligand group orbitals and then further combination of LGOs(...
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Qualitative analysis of iron(III) salt

Why will $\ce{Fe^3+}$ give brown ring test? In my textbook it was given that ferric ion gives brown ring too. I am confused, if ferric ion is already present, then what will reduce nitrate ion to ...
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The production of what substances has a similar environmental impact to Chlorinated paraffins?

I am currently conducting a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) study in which the final product consists to a large part of Chlorinated paraffins. However, I cannot find Chlorinated paraffins as a process in ...
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Why ionisation enthalpy of early lanthanides are expected to be greater than early actinides?

In my book Chemistry Part I (NCERT XII), a statement on p. 232 goes like this: It is evident from the behaviour of the actinoids that the ionisation enthalpies of the early actinoids, though not ...
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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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What causes the turbidity when preparing Fenton's reagent?

New guy, please be gentle. I might ask questions not according to conventions, I am not a chemist nor do I study chemistry. Feel free to adapt the question and the tagging. I am preparing a solution ...
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How does pyrosulfate compare to pyrophosphate?

That is, in terms of stability in aqueous solution and the energy released by the hydrolysis of the S-O-S bond compared with pyrophosphate hydrolysis. More specifically, could sulfates substitute ...