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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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Weird Wikipedia Section on Oxidizing Behavior of Nitric and Sulfuric Acids

It has been my understanding that when nitric, perchloric, or sulfuric acids act as oxidizing agents, they must exist as whole $\ce{HNO_3}$ or $\ce{HClO_4}$ or $\ce{H_2SO_4}$ molecules that are still ...
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Why does ozone, being heavier than air, not settle down? [duplicate]

Is this because of some equilibrium between diffusion and gravity ? What exactly is responsible?
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Structure of Borax

The structure of Borax has really baffled me. Its formula is $\ce{Na2B4O7.10H2O}$ and it is formulated as $\ce{Na2[B4O5(OH)4].8H2O}$. 2 structures of Borax given on the internet are Can anybody ...
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Why does the second electron affinity has an opposite sign of the first one?

Many first electron affinities are positive, indicating a favourable process, but the corresponding second electron affinities are negative. For example, the first and second electron affinities of ...
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Why can't NH5 form?

In ammonia a nitrogen atom forms 3 covalent bonds with hydrogen atoms and has one lone pair which can be used in a dative covalent bond with another hydrogen atom to form an ammonium ion. Instead of ...
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Why does lithium from the nitride whereas the other alkali metal forms the azide?

What property of lithium makes them forms the nitride, lithium nitride $\ce{Li3N}$ whereas the other group 1 elements forms the azide, like sodium azide and potassium azide - $\ce{NaN3}$ and $\ce{KN3}$...
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Why doesn't hydrogen displace metals from their oxides?

As I understand it, a displacement reaction is where a more reactive element kicks out a less reactive element from a compound. For example, chlorine is more reactive than iodine, so chlorine will ...
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Electronic configuration of tellurium

Below is a copy of the method I am using to determine electron configurations. Question: Write the full and short electron configuration for tellurium. My final answer was: Full Configuration: ...
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If change in free energy (G) is positive, how do those reactions still occur?

I was doing a couple of problems for homework: Calculate $K_\mathrm{sp}$ of $\ce{AgI}$ at $55.0\ \mathrm{^\circ C}$ Calculate $K_\mathrm{b}$ of $\ce{NH3}$ at $36.0\ \mathrm{^\circ C}$ I have to use ...
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Why is there a difference between O2 and B2 sigma 2p molecular orbitals in diagrams?

The molecular orbital diagram for $\ce{O2}$ says that the sigma 2p bonding molecular orbital is lower in energy than the pi 2p bonding molecular orbital. Why is this not the case in the $\ce{B2}$ MO ...
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Predicting bond-strength of metal carbonyls

The metal carbonyls (and similar organometallic compounds) involve a combination of sigma bond, a pi bond and backbonding. The bond strengths under consideration are the metal-carbon bond and the ...
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Edges of graphite

I've been asked this question a few times, and while I think I know the answer, I'd like to know more. Graphite, as we know, is a sheet polymer. Since polymers are bound to be finite by physical ...
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How many crystal forms of HCl have been identified - where to find the unit cells/lattice constants?

This blog about stomach acid shows this image of the "zig-zag" form of crystalline HCl (see also Wikipedia where it looks (to me) like five four HCl's per unit cell), but links to this cubic crystal ...
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How do you determine a chemical formula given the molecule's crystal structure?

How do you determine the chemical formula of a compound given its crystal structure?
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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 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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Why is the ionization energy of sulfur anion more than that of oxygen anion?

Which of the following are in the correct order of their ionization energies? (multi-answer question) $\ce{O > S > S- >O-}$ $\ce{F > F- > Cl- > Cl}$ $\ce{O > O- &...
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Why do heavier transition metals show higher oxidation states?

In p-block elements, higher oxidation states are less stable down the group due to the inert pair effect. This is not the case for transition metals. Why do heavier transition metals show higher ...
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HCl synthesis from sulfuric acid and sodium salt

I'd like know if this is right. The reaction between $\ce{NaCl}$ and $\ce{H_2SO_4}$ should yield $\ce{HCl}$ and sodium sulfate. This is a double substitution, true? No oxidation took place here. The ...
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Evaporating the water of a solution of only carbonate ions and water gives?

I have a solution with only $\ce{CO_3^{2-}}$ ions and water. What would happen with the carbonate ions if I were to evaporate the water of that solution (in a vacuum)?
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Hybridisation of complex compound having octahedral geometry

$$\ce{K[Co(NH3)2Cl4]}$$ I have problem finding the hybridisation of this compound. The strong field ligand $\ce{NH3}$ forms the minority among the ligands, so do I consider the hybridisation to be $\...
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Interesting ionization of sulfuric acid

I just need an explanation of why it is a strong acid in its first ionization and a weak acid its second ionization. It becomes $\ce{HSO_4-}$. From what I have learned about oxoacids, the bond ...
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Does ozone (O₃) gas have a color? [closed]

Does ozone have a color or is it colorless? I have heard that ozone has a bluish color. Could someone explain this observation scientifically?
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Hybridization of tetraamminecopper(II) sulfate

$\ce{Cu^2+} $ has 9 electrons and a d-orbital and is almost completely filled (except 1 electron vacant) and $\ce{NH3}$ donates an electron eventually forming $\mathrm{sp^3}$ hybrid orbitals. But it ...
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Why chlorine acts as a strong field ligand in tetrachloridoplatinate(II)?

In most of the cases I have learnted, halogens act as a weak field ligand. However, I recently learned somewhere on the web that the strength of a ligand also depends upon the size of the atom. A ...
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What is the optical nature of the tris(ethylenediamine)cobalt(III) cation?

The molecule I've drawn has neither a plane of symmetry nor a center of symmetry, even though some books refer to this as optically inactive. Can you please elaborate why is this so, or those books ...
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Why do the lone pairs of electrons first occupy axial positions before occupying equatorial positions for species with octahedral geometry?

Why do lone pairs not reside in equatorial positions in species with octahedral geometry?
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How to separate lead condensate from aluminum

A common problem in shooting sports is precipitation of lead onto aluminum suppressor baffles. (The lead presumably comes from both lead styphnate priming compound and from the base and bearing ...
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How actually do we decide acidity and basicity order?

In a book, I read two quite contradictory statements.: $\ce{HIO > HBrO > HClO}$ wrt acidity while $\ce{HF > HCl > HBr}$. Aren't they contradictory? If not can anyone please ...
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Why is caesium considered the most reactive element and not fluorine? [closed]

Some people say caesium is most reactive element. I thought it to be fluorine as it is the element that reacts with almost all elements (except couple of inert gases). But caesium won't react many of ...
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Is activated carbon classified as organic or inorganic?

Organic compounds are typically defined as “molecules containing carbon”. Wikipedia states that there for some historical (read: non-logical) reasons, a few types of carbon-containing compounds ...
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What are the mechanisms for capture of As(III) and As(V) by magnetite from water?

Magnetite, $\ce{Fe3O4}$ is able to capture $\ce{As(III)}$ and $\ce{As(V)}$ from drinking water through the following mechanisms. Bidentate-binuclear complex Monodentate-binuclear complex (both from ...
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What is formed when you leave iron(II) sulfate in plain air?

What is formed when you leave iron(II) sulfate in plain air? Knowing that iron(II) is easily oxidised to iron(III), and assuming that the reactive component of air is oxygen, I solved it this way: $...
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Why does ZnO turn yellow when it is hot?

Why does ZnO's color become yellow when it is hot? I have read that it is because of physical properties, but I need a more elaborate explanation.
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What is the Structure of FeSO₄ • NO?

What is the structure of $\ce{FeSO4 \cdot NO}$ that is formed when $\ce{NO}$ is passed through ferrous sulfate solution? If it is a brown ring complex then why does the complex sphere break upon ...
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Is the 'central Tin atom' in crystalline tin oxide really offset like this?

Is the position of the central Tin atom as shown in the first figure ($\ce{SnO2}$) drawn offset towards the oxygen to the right for a reason? The oxygen also seems to reciprocate and move towards the ...
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Hydrolysis products of chlorides of group 15

$\ce{NCl3}$ on hydrolysis produces $\ce{NH4OH}$ and $\ce{HOCl}$. $\ce{PCl_3}$ when hydrolyzed produces $\ce{P(OH)3}$ i.e. $\ce{H3PO3}$. $\ce{AsCl_3}$ when hydrolyzed produces $\ce{As(OH)3}$. ...
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Why does color of halogen deepens and the boiling point decreases down the group?

Why does the color of the halogens deepens as we go down the group? also why there is a change in physical state of halogens down the group? \begin{array}{c|c} \mathbf{Gas} & \mathbf{Color} \\\...
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How does H2SO4 dissociate?

Apologies for this extremely basic question, I'm just beginning with Chemistry so please don't be too harsh on me. My book says that sulfuric acid, $\ce{H2SO4}$, dissociates in its ions following ...
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Why is ice cubical in structure at very low temperature?

My book says that at atmospheric pressure ice crystallises in the hexagonal form but at very low temperatures it condenses to cubic form. Why and how does this happen?
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Aqua regia and nascent chlorine

Aqua regia has the famous property of being able to dissolve noble metals, like gold and silver. I read that this has to do with the generation of nascent chlorine. How does this happen and how does ...
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Sodium Polysulfide production from NaOH and Sulfur

Does the sulfur also oxidize the $\ce{OH-}$ radicals after the $\ce{Na2S4}$ chains form? Something like this: $$\ce{9S + 4NaOH -> 2Na2S4 + SO3 + H2O}$$
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Can I synthesize iron acetate like this?

The oxidation state of the iron doesn't matter too much; I am just trying to make an attractive red-brown ink. Here are some instructions I prescribed to a friend. Here's an approximately decent ...
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Why is Ionization Energy definition restricted to gaseous atoms?

Here's the definition of ionization energy that I am learning at this level: energy required to remove 1 mole of electrons from 1 mole of gaseous atoms to form 1 mole of uni positively charged ...
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Contact explosion of nitrogen triiodide

Nitrogen triiodide, on slightest physical contact, explodes to evolve dense purple fumes of iodine. Why does this phenomenon occur? video link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KlAf936E90
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Why exception is noted in the solubility of lead salts?

There are many exception in the solubility of lead salts like: Lead sulfate is insoluble in cold water whereas most of the sulfates are soluble in cold water. Lead chloride is also insoluble in cold ...
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In which state does the bifluoride anion exist?

Statement 1. The $\ce{HF2-}$ ions exist in solid state and also in liquid state but not in aqueous state. Statement 2. The magnitude of hydrogen bonding between $\ce{HF}$ is weaker than that ...
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Structure of lead(II,IV) oxide

I need help sorting out the molecular structure of tri-lead tetroxide, aka lead(II,IV) oxide $\ce{Pb3O4}$. This data sheet shows this image: The Wikipedia's lead (II,IV) oxide's link to a Jmol ...
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Does the compound KFO₃ exist?

As the compound potassium chlorate exists, is there something as $\ce{KFO3}$? All the other halogenates are mentioned somewhere on the web but what about this? If no, then why?
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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 element as an element whose atom has a partially filled d sub-...

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