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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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What is the formula of bleaching powder?

What is the structure and preparation for bleaching powder? Why there is a controversy in the formula of bleaching powder? I have encountered many forms of the formula of bleaching powder, like $\...
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Can you give examples for a halide ion reacting with interhalogen compound to give polyhalides?

Interhalogen compounds are formed when two halogens $(\ce{F},$ $\ce{Cl},$ $\ce{Br},$ $\ce{I})$ react together. They are represented by $\ce{XX'_n},$ where $\ce{X}$ is halogen of larger size and $\ce{X'...
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Storage of Halogen [closed]

I learned that we should store Bromine in brown coating glass bottle. But, I heard that halogen liquid is so reactive that it can melt even glass. So, I want to know the practical storage method of ...
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Why is lead's first ionisation enthalpy greater than that of tin?

Using Slater's rule, I found that both lead and tin's $Z_\mathrm{eff}$ for 6p and 5p electrons equal. However, the ionisation energy is different. Is comparing ionisation enthalpy on the basis of $Z_\...
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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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Electrons distribution of oxygen atoms in ozone [closed]

While dealing with the Lewis structure for ozone, most of the explanations show the electron distribution around the 3 oxygen atoms with a single and double bond. But if you count the number of ...
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Balancing the chemical equation using Oxidation Number Method [closed]

Permanganate ion reacts with bromide ion in basic medium to give manganese dioxide and bromate ion. Write the balanced ionic equation for the reaction. Please balance the equation using the oxidation ...
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Synthesis of copper selenide

If I react selenium powder with copper chloride powder above the melting point of selenium (221 °C), will I end up with a chunk of copper selenide, with the chlorine given off as gas, or will I lose ...
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Determining formula of potassium molybdate from the amount of metal deposited during electrolysis

$\ce{K2MoO_n}$ in an acidified solution is electrolysed, $\pu{0.112 L}$ of oxygen is liberated and $\pu{0.32 g}$ of $\ce{Mo}$ is deposited (Atomic mass = $96$). Find $n.$ Now for this, I calculated ...
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Do any decent thermochemical databases exist? [duplicate]

The more thermochemical properties the better, but specific heat/ specific heat capacity is what I am looking for.
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Why does ammonia have higher melting point but lower boiling point than HF? [duplicate]

I guess the reason is hydrogen bonding, but shouldn't both the trends be similar in that case?
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Determining the composition of basic copper sulfate by titrimetry

A colleague shared an undergraduate level classical gravimetry/titrimetry experiment on determining the stoichiometry of basic copper sulfate. I am looking for a reference for this type of experiment. ...
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Exact weights for a chemical reaction og Silver and Nitric Acid [closed]

I'm an amateur analog photographer and want to react Nitric Acid (62%) and silver to Silver nitrate. Silver nitrate is the basis for almost all black and white photography. I'm trying to figure out ...
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Why the formation of PH4+ is difficult compared to NH4+?

My textbook asks this as an objective question. What I had in mind was that the lone pair on phosporous was more distributed as compared to nitrogen(since nitrogen is more electronegative and smaller ...
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How to extract melanin from human hair [closed]

I am working on a project wherein I am studying various properties of human hair and its utilization..I would like to know method by which we can extract melanin from human hair. Can anyone suggest ...
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Measuring change in concentration of hydrogen peroxide

I am conducting an experiment to find the rate constant of the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide, $\ce{H2O2}.$ For this, I was planning on using the integrated rate law: $$\ln(\text{final ...
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How does the energy released during a bond formation typically manifest itself on atomic level?

Chemistry newb here. I've been reading about how energy is released when new chemical bonds are formed but it's hard to find info on how that typically manifests itself (besides that it's via heat). ...
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Rechargeable Battery Based on Neutralization Reaction of Acid and Base [closed]

The neutralization reaction, such as $\ce{HCl + NaOH → NaCl + H2O}$, generates heat, which is around $\pu{57.30 kJ/mol}$. Can we use this energy to design a battery? This idea occurs in my mind for a ...
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Do ferrous sulfite and aluminum sulfite exist?

Source: Concise Chemistry-ICSE (Class X)SELINA PUBLISHERS Pg 207 In this book, it is mentioned that ferrous sulfite and aluminum sulfite does not exist. I even tried searching these on Google but ...
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Mechanism for interconversion of spin isomers of hydrogen

What is the mechanism by which the ortho- and para- spin isomers of hydrogen interconvert? If such a mechanism exists, does this mean that ortho-hydrogen increases in concentration on increasing ...
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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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Calculating ionic strength and pH of a buffer solution [closed]

Im trying to calculate ion strength and pH of solution. Components of the solution: 47 ul of 1000 pmol DNA in Elution Buffer (10 mM Tris-HCl pH 8.5) was bound to 3 ul of 10 µM YoYo1 (flourescent dye) ...
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Lewis dot structures of carbonate, nitrate and phosphate anions

According to the Lewis dot structure, which of the following anions has more than 4 bond pairs around the central atom? 1) carbonate anion 2) nitrate anion 3) phosphate anion 4) none of ...
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Coordinate bonds between molecules

For the following question Which molecules react to form a dative/coordinate bond? A. $\ce{CH4}$ and $\ce{NH3}$ B. $\ce{C2H2}$ and $\ce{Cl2}$ C. $\ce{NH3}$ and $\ce{HF}$ D. $\ce{Cl2}$ ...
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What is the most convenient way to prepare ferrous oxide (FeO) in the laboratory?

The Wikipedia page for ferrous oxide states that $\ce{FeO}$ can be prepared by the thermal decomposition of iron(II) oxalate, with the following reaction: $$\ce{FeC2O4 → FeO + CO2 + CO}$$ And that ...
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Is Scandium considered a transition metal?

I have seen so many conflicting answers to this question in various places so I wanted to ask it again. IUPAC defines a transition metal as: "an element whose atom has a partially filled d sub-...
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Why do we use coke instead of coal in order to reduce FeO as basic reaction in ironmaking process?

Why is coke used as a reducing agent to reduce FeO to produce iron instead of coal.I admit that coke is carbonaceous but what is it that compels us to use coke instead of the naturally available coal?
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How to find the combining valence of an anion when it exhibits variable valency?

I'm doing an online course and can't for the life of me figure out how to write chemical formulas from the chemical name. Take the example of calcium chloride. I know the the valence for calcium is ...
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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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What does thermal stability of compounds depend on?

Does it somehow depend upon the lattice energy of the compound? My textbook says that Lithium carbonate is not so stable to heat and forms more stable $\ce{Li2O}$ and $\ce{CO2}$. Could it depend on ...
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Materials used in cooktop heating element, and reason for black appearance

I have been interested in the structure of heating elements/coils used in cooktops. I am referring to something such as in the following picture: I have a cooktop at home with such elements, and at ...
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How to determine pressure and concentration of carbon dioxide in blood plasma?

A man suffering from untreated diabetes mellitus is admitted to a hospital. Doctors fear that his blood $\mathrm{pH}$ may have dropped because of ketoacidosis. Analysis of his blood reveals that $[\ce{...
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Electron shells and subshells energies [duplicate]

According to what i learned in university, the energy of orbitals increases when the principal quantum number n increases. Also, in a given shell, s orbitals have lower energy than p orbitals which ...
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What is the origin of the Quadratic factor in calculation of XRD peaks?

Whenever we are to calculate the d-spacing(for cubic system) in XRD peaks with reference to Quadratic Factors we do that with the help of the formula $$\frac{1}{d_{hkl}^2}=\frac{h^2+k^2+l^2}{a^2}.$$ ...
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Comparing Acidic Strength of H3PO4 and H3AsO4

The $pKa$ values for H3AsO4 and H3PO4 are $2.30$ and $2.12$ which indicate that H3PO4 is a stronger acid compared to H3AsO4. I looked up their electronegativity values to find that they are almost the ...
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However what is so acidic about CaO and basic(no pun intended) about SiO2 while calculating basicity of slag?

I have seen Basicity to be calculated as $\mathrm{B} = wt\%\:\ce{CaO}/wt\%\:\ce{SiO2}$ particularly in slag bascity/acidity calcuations. Now I do not think that $\ce{CaO}$ is the most basic oxide that ...
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n+l rule for first member of lanthanide and actinide series

as we all know that if the value of $n+l$ is same then the orbital with lower value of $n$ will get filled first so in case of first member of lanthanide series the configuration is $(\ce{Xe})\mathrm{...
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Conversion of potassium dichromate solution to a less toxic solution

I have a solution of potassium dichromate ($\ce{K2Cr2O7}$) and I want to convert it to a less toxic solution. What would be the best way to do this? I was thinking of using the dissolved potassium ...
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Why does sp hybridised orbital have more directional character than p orbital?

It states so in my textbook. But since s orbital is non directional, shouldn't sp hybridized orbital be less directional in character than p orbital?
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How can I prepare two phosphate buffer of different concentrations but give same pH? [closed]

How is it that buffers of different compositions can have the same pH? For example, it is possible to prepare 0.01 M phosphate buffer of pH 7.0 and 0.1 M phosphate buffer of pH 7.0? How? I used ...
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How to find the resist in pH change when both are same buffers of same concentration? [closed]

We are given two buffers [a) 0.1 M phosphate buffer of pH 7.7 and (b) 0.1 M phosphate buffer at pH 6.71 . If acid is to be added to the buffers, which of them, will resist the pH changes better I ...
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How can I calculate the equilibrium constant for this reaction?

Silver(II) oxide partially decomposes into solid silver and oxygen gas according to: $$\ce{2 AgO(s) <=> 4 Ag(s) + O2(g)}$$ with enthalpy $H^\circ = \pu{62.0 kJ}$ and entropy $S^\circ = ...
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How do I solve such questions on paramagnetism and ferromagnetism?

Match the type of magnetism given in Group I with the material given in Group II: $$ \begin{array}{ll|ll} \hline & \textbf{Group I} & & \textbf{Group II} \\ \hline \text{P} & \...
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Are Slater’s rule and lanthanide contraction contradictory?

According to most textbook and the Wikipedia page of lanthanide contraction, the phenomenon is due to poor shielding of nuclear charge by 4f electrons. However, the σ value of 4f electrons to 6s is 1....
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Why doesn't the expermintal molar solubility match the one calculated by the Ksp value?

For $\ce{HgCl2}$ ($M = \pu{271.52 g mol-1}$), the reported $K_\mathrm{sp}$ value is $10^{-15.69}$. This means that the calculated molar solubility of $\ce{HgCl2}$ in water is $(10^{-15.69}/4)^{1/3}\...
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Why does magnesium oxide not react with water?

There is a question in my textbook which asks "which of the reactions are not possible to occur". The right answer is $\ce{MgO + H2O}$ and my chemistry teacher confirmed it. Why is that so? I thought ...
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Difference between quick lime, slaked lime, lime water and soda lime

The chemicals "quick lime", "slaked lime", "lime water" and "soda lime" all have "lime" in common. What is the difference between them?
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Why CO is a stronger and more common ligand than N2?

Both N2 and CO are considered sigma-donor and pi-acceptor. Their MO diagram is similar, so I wonder why CO binds generally more strongly and it is a more common ligand.
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Why is sodium peroxide not of white colour even if it is paramagnetic? [closed]

Is colour always associated with paramagnetism?
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Half/fully filled orbital stability

Beryllium the configuration is [He] 2s2 i.e fully filled but still quite reactive Also in neon [He]2p4 , neither half filled nor fully filled, still quite stable compound (As it forms compound with ...