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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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Disproportionation of 2 KO₂ + 2 H₂O → 2 KOH + H₂O₂ + O₂

How is the following reaction a disproportionation reaction? $$\ce{2 K\overset{-1/2}{O}_2 + 2 H2\overset{-2}{O} ->2 KOH + H2\overset{-1}{O}_2 + \overset{0}{O}_2}$$ In this, the OS are $-1/2$, $-2$...
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Are these two reactions the same? [duplicate]

I read the book an it said when $\ce{NH4Cl}$ dissolves in the water, the reaction of $\ce{NH4+}$ will be $$\ce{NH4+ <=> NH3 + H+},$$ but instead, the first reaction came to my mind was $$\ce{...
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Why does Si2H4 readily polymerize at RTP but ethene does not (requires catalyst)?

In the case of both Silicon and Oxygen, the double bond is less stable than two single bonds. Consequently, surely both should polymerize, why don't they? What accounts for the difference between ...
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Can I convert elemental nitrogen to nitrous oxide?

Can I convert nitrogen to $\ce{N2O}$, to conduct barking dog reaction, where it's needed as oxidizer?
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Can I determine the rate law order from stoichiometric coefficients?

I've read in two books, and seen in three separate videos courses, that you cannot determine the rate law order from stoichiometric coefficients. Then, I have seen homework and "practice" problems ...
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Indicator for H2S [closed]

In there an indicator for sulfur compounds like H2S (also organic)? Or some straight forward way to measure if the H2S concentration in the air is higher than usual? Or is the concentration too low ...
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What is the structure of Cl₂O₆?

I couldn't find which of these is correct and even someone I asked said there's no general covincement on it, but I'm unsure whether he's correct? I reproduced the second structure a little wrong ...
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Is organic chemistry mechanisms limited to organic chemistry?

I am curious to know the mechanism of each reaction. Organic chemistry is satisfying for me because there is a mechanism behind each reaction which make a sense but when I Google for the mechanism of ...
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What compound is formed in this case?

I read from a source that the aqueous solution of ferrous sulfate ($\ce{FeSO4}$) gives an unstable brown compound on treating with $\ce{NaNO2}$ and dilute $\ce{HCl}$. Well, it is quite understandable ...
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pH responsive polymer which is immiscible in water?

Can anyone suggest a pH-responsive polymer, which is immiscible in water (polar solvent) but miscible in oil (e.g vegetable oil)? I want to study the change in the density of such polymers when they ...
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Why is iron pentacarbonyl known, but iron(III) hexacarbonyl is not?

Why is the neutral complex $\ce{[Fe(CO)5]}$ known, but the cationic carbonyl complex $\ce{[Fe(CO)6]^3+}$ is not known?
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Questions on Neutral oxides

Neutral oxides, are non metal oxides which are neither acidic nor basic. I have noticed a pattern for neutral oxides which I am unsure actually holds true. $\ce{CO}$, $\ce{H2O}$, $\ce{NO}$ and $\ce{...
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What type of chemical reaction is this?

So far we have learned about about single displacement, double displacement, gas evolving, neutralization, synthesis, disassociation, and combustion. I was trying to solve the following chemical ...
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What are compounds where oxygen has oxidation state -1/3 called?

I have heard of oxides, peroxides and superoxides where oxygen oxidation number is $-2, -1, -\frac{1}{2}$ respectively. But I came across a molecule with the formula $\ce{KO_3}$, oxygen has $-\frac{1}{...
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Heating of potash alum

I have this reaction : $$\ce{K2SO4.Al2(SO4)3.24H2O -> K2SO4 + Al2O3 + 24H2O}$$ And I notice that while $\ce{Al2(SO4)3}$ becomes $\ce{Al2O3}$ it doesn't happen so with $\ce{K2SO4}$. Why ? I guessed ...
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Why does a strong acid displace salt of weak acid? [closed]

This thing has been bugging me for a few days. I don't understand why a strong acid displaces a weak acid from it's salt solution.
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Why is the combustion of Nitrogen endothermic? [closed]

Other combustion reactions are exothermic but this combustion reaction endothermic. Why ? Please explain..
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Question About Reversible Reactions and Batteries

So my book says that the batteries we have considered so far( Daniell cells) are low life span, because they reach equilibrium too fast. In the next paragraph, it says they are also made by ...
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Reaction between silver(I) hydroxide and an alkali [closed]

I've read about this in a booklet, but I can't find its stepwise reactions or its derivation: $$\ce{AgOH + NaOH -> Ag2O}$$ And how does a base ($\ce{AgOH}$) react with another base ($\ce{NaOH}$)? ...
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Help regarding stereochemically inactive s orbital [duplicate]

Author JD Lee says in his book, Inorganic Chemistry The dipole moment of $\ce{XeF6}$ is approximately = $0$ because the lone pair is present in the stereochemically inactive s orbital. What is ...
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What is the IUPAC name of [Cr(H2O)5Cl]Cl2.H2O [closed]

What is the IUPAC name of $\ce{[Cr(H2O)5Cl]Cl2.H2O}$? The net says that the correct name is Pentaaquachloridochromium(III) chloride. But do we not have to account for the water molecule present ...
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If copper is insoluble in excess NaOH, does it mean it is soluble in NaOH when not in excess? [closed]

I don't understand, does it mean when i add a little bit of NaOH, there will be completely no precipitate/ it will dissolve?
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What is the acid base reaction between hydrogen telluride and sulfide ion?

$$\ce{H2Te + S^2- -> ?}$$ I tried this problem but I was confused on the fact of what the products would be because in my head I didn't think $\ce{STe}$ is a product and also it has to create ...
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How to write reaction equations for the reaction of calcium and dilute nitric acid?

Normally metals react with dilute acid to form a salt and evolve hydrogen gas but I have read that hydrogen gas is not evolved when a metal reacts with nitric acid (because Nitric acid is a strong ...
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What happens in the reaction of hydrogen peroxide with potassium iodide in acidic environment? [closed]

I would like to know how the products form in the following reaction: $$\ce{H2O2(aq) + 2KI(aq) + H2SO4(aq) -> I2(aq) + K2SO4(aq) + 2H2O(l)?}$$
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Do copper and ammonium hydroxide react?

According to the activity series positions of copper and ammonium, with ammonium being higher up on the series compared to copper, it would be predicted that ammonium replace copper in a single ...
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Why organic reaction mechanisms so popular [closed]

Why are organic reaction mechanisms so much more popular than inorganic mechanisms? When I come to think of it, what is a reaction mechanism? How can we use an arrow? Is it a rough approximation of ...

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