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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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Mechanism for reaction between aluminium and iodine [closed]

What should be a suitable mechanism for the reaction between aluminium and iodine, catalysed by water? In my initial approaches, I had first thought of repeated attacks of the lone pairs of oxygen in ...
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Which is more acidic HOF or HOCl?

My attempt to the question: We know that more polar the $\ce{O-H}$ bond, the more acidic is the compound. According to electronegativity, the $\ce{O-H}$ bond of $\ce{HOF}$ should be more polar than $\...
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Why N=N is much stronger than N—N but C=C isn't

Why N=N bond is much stronger than N—N bond (about 2.5 times) but C=C is not (less than 2 times)? IMO, the radius of nitrogen and carbon atoms play a big role here. Since rN < rC, the AOs creating ...
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Is silicon dioxide a polar molecule or not?

Is $\ce{SiO2}$ is a polar molecule or not? The difference in electronegativity between the two atoms is 1.7. I read that $\ce{SiO2}$ doesn't exist as a single molecule in which the silicon atom is ...
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The thermal decomposition of FeCO3

The thermal decomposition of siderite equation: $\ce{FeCO3 -> FeO + CO2}$ looks correctly balanced to me, you can notice $\ce{1 Fe , 1 C , 3 O}$ on the Left side and the same number of molecules on ...
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Why are the densities of europium and ytterbium anomalously low?

Why do europium and ytterbium have lower densities than expected in comparison to other lanthanides? I know it has something to do with the fact that they have half-full and full 4f subshells in the +...
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Latimer diagram for a metal in basic solution

Write the four half cell reactions from the Latimer diagram for a metal $(\ce{M})$ in basic solution. $$\ce{\overset{+6}{M}O4^2-(aq) ->[\pu{0.25 V}] \overset{+5}{M}O4^3-(aq) ->[\pu{0.55 V}] ...
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Understanding the structure of NCS⁻

Predict the most preferable structure of $\ce{NCS-}.$ $$\Large\underset{(\textbf{1})}{\ce{(:\!\!\overset{\huge.\!\!.}{N}=C=\overset{\huge.\!\!.}{\underset{\huge.\!\!.}{S}})-}}\qquad\underset{(\...
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Finding ionic radii from solubility data and density

$\pu{5.35 g}$ of a salt $\ce{ACl}$ is dissolved in $\pu{250 ml}$ of solution. The $\mathrm{pH}$ of the resultant solution was found to be $4.85.$ Find the ionic radius of $\ce{A+}$ and $\ce{Cl-}$ if ...
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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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Shortcut method to find atomic term symbols ignoring the spin orbit coupling

Is there any shortcut method by which we can find the atomic term symbols ignoring the spin-orbit coupling, i.e. ignoring the values of J. For instance, when writing the d-d transitions for any ...
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Does UV and Visible Light affects the Core electron, Valence electron, or Both?

When exposed in UV or Visible Light radiation, matter is induced to perform electronic excitation. Is the electron that excites, a core electron, a valence electron or can they both be excited? ...
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Why does concentration of solutions of alkali metals in liquid ammonia change the magnetic properties?

In "NCERT Chemistry for Class XI - Volume II", in chapter "s-block elements", under the topic "Chemical Properties of alkali metals", it is given: (vi) Solutions in liquid ammonia: The alkali ...
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Why does potassium react more violently with water than lithium?

Recently, I was telling my friends about the violent reaction that takes place when you throw potassium into water. Soon after, a friend of mine claimed that lithium would react more violently than ...
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Determining the half-potential using Latimer diagram

$$\ce{\overset{+7}{Br}O4- ->[\pu{+1.82 V}] \overset{+5}{Br}O3- ->[\pu{+1.49 V}] H\overset{+1}{Br}O ->[\pu{+1.59 V}] \overset{0}{Br}_2 ->[\pu{+1.07 V}] \overset{-1}{Br}^-}$$ I'm supposed ...
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Preparation of standard Fe from FeSO4 • 7H2O

We were assigned to prepare a standard Fe for spectrophotometry determination of Fe. What we did is basically obtain a mass of FeSO4•7H2O, add a small a mount of distilled water before adding 18M of ...
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How can I relate the reactivity series to electronegativity and ionization energy?

I am trying to figure out how the reactivity series comes about. My understanding is that elements with a higher electronegativity will be more reactive than elements with a lower electronegativity, ...
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Can concentrated sulfuric acid oxidize iron(II) to iron(III)?

Can concentrated (18 M) $\ce{H2SO4}$ oxidize $\ce{Fe^2+}$ to $\ce{Fe^3+}?$ Or does it actually block the oxidation? I read in some forum somewhere that in order to prevent $\ce{Fe^2+}$ from being ...
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Colour in muriate of Potash? [closed]

Alkali earth metals produce white coloured salts with halogens like chlorine. But Muriate of potassium available in India generally used as a fertilizer is pink coloured(reddish white actually), why ...
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Help in drawing resonance structures in case of polybasic acids

While drawing resonance structure of dibasic or tribasic acid, e.g. should I take out two $\ce{H+}$ (in dibasic) or three $\ce{H+}$ (in tribasic) together or one by while drawing resonance structure? ...
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Acidic strength order of mineral acids in acetic acid

Explain this acidic strength order $\ce{H2SO4} > \ce{HCl} > \ce{HNO3}$ in acetic acid. My Attempt Stability of conjugate base is proportional to the acidic strength of acids in acetic acid. $\...
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Thermal decomposition of K2CO3

K2CO3 doesn't boil - it thermally decomposes at 1200c. However, I find conflicting information online about this. Roughly what I have found say three inconsistent things. (1) It doesn't decompose (...
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acid strength: Periodic trends vs delocalisation, which one is more important

In 1st year chemistry questions, the concept of acid strength is often introduced to students including the 3 factors that provide a heuristic explanation for most of the common acids and conjugate ...
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Activators for non-sulphide compounds in froth floatation

I was recently studying about Metallurgy. Concise Inorganic Chemistry by J. D. Lee claims the process of froth floatation can also be applied to non-sulfide ores such as Malachite ($\ce{CuCO3.Cu(OH)...
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Reaction of aqueous sodium carbonate with aluminum foil

Aqueous sodium hydroxide is known to react with aluminum foil in an exothermic, hydrogen-gas releasing reaction like $$\ce{2NaOH(aq) + 2Al(s) + 2H2O(\ell) → 2NaAlO2(aq) + 3H2(g)}$$ However, on ...
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Can classification techniques used for identifying solids be used to identify precipitates?

I am preparing for an assessed practical experiment where an unknown precipitate must be identified. I know that precipitates are insoluble, and my textbook says they are considered to be solid 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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Explaining the colour change in the potassium permanganate titration of iron(II) ions

In the redox titration: $$\ce{MnO4- + 8 H+ + 5 Fe^2+ -> Mn^2+ + 4 H2O + 5 Fe^3+}$$ the colour change which occurs is purple to colourless, because of the decreased concentration of permanganate ...
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Why my boiling pot turned black?

Recently I ran out of dish washing detergent, so I decided to pick up one of the recipes online, to make my own "ecological" dish washing detergent alternative. The recipe was: Mix ingredients: ...
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Dissolution of Lithium in Methanol

Easy question to kick off my chemexchange membership! I'm learning chemistry in my spare time, and fittingly for a video art project I'm doing, decided to try a simple inorganic(?) procedure to make ...
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Is there any difference between negative electron gain enthalpy and electron affinity?

Electron affinity is the amount of energy "released" during the addition of an electron in the valence shell of an isolated gaseous atom. The sign convention is opposite to that of thermodynamics ...
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Does bicarbonation require water?

In an aqueous solution of $\ce{NaOH}$ exposed to the atmosphere one can probably expect some degree of $$\ce{NaOH(aq) + CO2(g) -> NaHCO3 (aq)}$$ But, what would happen if just a solid block of $\...
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Why is [Fe(CN)6]3- more stable then [Fe(ox)3]3- despite being a non-chelate?

I was reading up on how chelation leads to more stability of a complex, and then I came across this weird trend given by my professor in class as a contradiction, with no explanation. I'm curious what ...
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Methyl Radical. Lewis Acid or Not?

Is methyl radical a lewis acid ? According to me it is a lewis acid as any species can be considered as a lewis acid if it can accept an electron in its LUMO.
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How to convert Mn2O3 to Mn3O4?

I was preparing $\ce{Mn3O4}$ but it was when characterized by XRD, a $\ce{Mn2O3}$ phase existed. Now how can I convert $\ce{Mn2O3}$ to $\ce{Mn3O4}$?
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Cupric and cuprous copper [duplicate]

Copper has two chlorides: $\ce{CuCl2}$ and $\ce{CuCl}.$ Copper reacts directly with chlorine to form a copper(II) chloride. Why doesn't it form copper(I) chloride? Is it because $\ce{CuCl2}$ is more ...
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Using a weak acid to prevent the precipitation of Mg(OH)2

I have this exercise in my chemistry book, and I have been staring at it for so long but unfortunately I have no single idea what to do and where to start. I will be so thankful for any help. $0.05$ ...
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Ag-Sn-Cu Phase diagram to formulate homogenization temperature / duration

I am working on Ag-Sn-Cu alloy phase diagram to figure out the best temperature / duration to homogenize the alloy (annealing). The %age of elements in the alloy are Ag - 40 % Cu - 27.8 % Sn - 32.2 % ...
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Terminology for describing nuclei participating in metallic bonds

I've read many times that in metals (for example sodium metal), what constitutes the crystal lattice is an arrange of atoms, since no electron is given or lost, they are just shared between all the ...
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Method for making graphene by reducing carbon dioxide on gallium surface [closed]

I had an idea where you take gallium in a vacuum and while it’s under a vacuum you spread it out across a flat surface such as a glass slide. You would want to spread it while under a vacuum to ...
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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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How do elemental halogens get their colour?

I learnt that in halogens the colour is due to transfer of electrons from HOMO to LUMO during excitation but I have trouble understanding what that means. Also I don't understand how iodine is ...
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Why is BF3 hard while BBr3 is borderline(HSAB concept)?

This is a table given in a text book regarding hard acids How come BF3 is a harder acid than BBr3? My reasoning: To check which is harder: 1.Both difficult to polarize 2.Both similar in size It ...
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Converting AlCl3 to Al2O3

Since oxygen is more electronegative than chlorine, if I introduce $\ce{O2}$ gas to $\ce{AlCl3}$ and apply some heat, will the chlorine be replaced by oxygen, resulting in $\ce{Al2O3}$ or $\ce{Al(ClO2)...
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Why are the phase diagrams showing $G_s$ and $G_l$ situated so close on one end and then widens up at the other extremes? [closed]

With reference to the phase diagrams drawn in b and d why are the Gibbs phase lines coming closer from being so further apart?
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Why can't O form OF6?

At first I thought that the reason is what I was taught, the absence of vacant d-orbitals but then I did some research. Most of the answers stated what I initially thought but one particular answer ...
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Why is the product of the reaction “Bi + O2” Bi2O3 instead of Bi2O5?

I am stuck on a homework question that states: A piece of solid bismuth is heated strongly in oxygen. The answer key states the answer as $\ce{Bi + O2 → Bi2O3}$. However, it is to my understanding ...
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Mass percentage of water in hydrate? [closed]

1.034 g of a metal sulfate hydrate was heated to a high enough temperature to remove all the water of hydration. The mass of the anhydrous salt left behind was found to be 0.956 g. What is the mass ...
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How to charge titanium dioxide particles for a DIY e-paper capsule? [closed]

I'm trying to make a single e-paper capsule (1 cm × 1 cm) at home. At first, I tried to charge the $\ce{TiO2}$ particles by putting them in $\ce{H2O}$ with $\ce{NaOH}$ and then putting that whole ...
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what is the mass of chromium in this sample?

If the total number of atoms in a sample of potassium dichromate is $2.13\cdot10^{24}$ , then the amount of chromium in this sample is? the answer that I've come up with is $367.64\ \mathrm g$ but in ...