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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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How to dissolve hardened aluminum silicate beads back into solution?

TLDR: We use the adsorber beads (which is essentially alumino-silicate beads) to adsorb some stuff from our process stream. The spent beads are dissolved in NaOH and sent to our wastewater treatment ...
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How to calculate pH of an CH3COOH solution? [closed]

please, does anyone know, how to properly (with calculation procedure) calcutate $\mathrm{pH}$ of an $\ce{CH3COOH}$, when you know only: -$\ce{CH3COOH}$ is 8% (water solution) -density of $\ce{...
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Why is the shape of sulphates and perchlorates such that lattice enthalpy doesn't decrease down the group? [duplicate]

The solubility of carbonates, bicarbonates and hydroxides of s-block elements increases down the group. But, the solubility of their sulphates and perchlorates decreases down the group. The reason for ...
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Why does this acid-base reaction occur?

My teacher told me about the reaction of sodium peroxide with water: $$\text{Na}_2\text{O}_2 + 2\text{H}_2\text{O} \ce{->} \text{H}_2\text{O}_2 + 2\text{NaOH}$$ Now, the concentration of products ...
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Why don't beryllium and magnesium dissolve in ammonia?

From my textbook: The [alkali and] alkaline earth metals dissolve in liquid ammonia to give deep blue solutions forming ammoniated ions. $$\text{M}+(x+y)\text{NH}_3 \rightarrow [\text{M}(\text{NH}_3)...
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What exactly is hydrolysis? What are the products of hydrolysis of aluminium?

I came across three reactions while studying p-block compounds in inorganic chemistry. $$\ce{2Al + 2NaOH + 6H2O -> 2 Na[Al(OH)4] + 3H2} \label{eq:1} \tag{1}$$ $$\ce{Al2O3 + 2NaOH + 3H2O -> 2 Na[...
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p-Nitroaniline reaction with sulfuric acid

An alternative version of the well-known demonstration carbon snake (the dehydration reaction of sugar by concentrated sulfuric acid forming a column of graphite) consists in mixing paranitroaniline ...
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I- oxidation to I2 or IO3- [duplicate]

Is there any logical way to determine whether $\ce{I-}$ will oxidize to form $\ce{I2}$ or $\ce{IO3-}$ is a reaction ? For example, In reaction of $\ce{KMnO4}$ with $\ce{I-}$ in acidic medium $\ce{I2}$ ...
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Is the Co-ordination number of Cobalt always 6 in every co-ordination compound?

For example in the following compounds CoCl3.6H2O CoCl3.6NH3 CoCl3.5NH3 CoCl3.4NH3 in all of these complexes, we took the a)oxidation state of Cobalt as +3 ( since there are 3 Cl- ions and NH3 and ...
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Preparation of a HCN/NaCN buffer that has a pH of 9.8 and an osmotic pressure of 1.35 atm at 298 K

You are asked to prepare $\pu{2.0 L}$ of a $\ce{HCN/NaCN}$ buffer that has a $\mathrm{pH}$ of $9.8$ and an osmotic pressure of $\pu{1.35 atm}$ at $\pu{298 K}$. What masses of $\ce{HCN}$ and $\ce{NaCN}$...
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Why does green ferrous sulfate solution change color to yellow upon addition of hydrochloric acid?

I was demonstrating the formation of $\ce{Fe(OH)2}$ precipitate at school when the light green $\ce{FeSO4}$ I was using reacted with dil. $\ce{HCl}$ turned yellow. This only happened with dil. $\ce{...
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Finding formula of reduced scandium oxide using its mass and mass of obtained metal

An oxide of scandium, with a mass of $\pu{1.423 g},$ is chemically reduced with $\ce{H2}$ to give $\ce{H2O}$ and $\pu{0.929 g}$ of $\ce{Sc}$ metal. What is the formula of scandium oxide? How much ...
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Why is the dihedral angle of solid hydrogen peroxide less than that of gaseous? [duplicate]

Hydrogen peroxide has an "open book" structure: The dihedral angle in gaseous H$_2$O$_2$ is close to what we might expect in a tetrahedral arrangement. However, in solid H$_2$O$_2$ it's ...
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Why is hydrated barium peroxide used in the preparation of hydrogen peroxide?

I read about the laboratory method of producing hydrogen peroxide. The chemical reaction in question is: $$\text{BaO}_2.8\text{H}_2\text{O} + \text{H}_2\text{SO}_4 \rightarrow \text{BaSO}_4+\text{H}_2\...
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How does the treatment of resin R-SO3H with sodium chloride lead to formation of RNa?

I am studying the methods of removal of permanent hardness of water, and came across the "synthetic resins method". From my textbook, Cation exchange resins contain large organic molecules ...
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Determine the normality of sulfuric acid solution, given that it gives a yellow color with methyl orange and a red color with methyl red

Determine the normality of sulfuric acid solution, given that it gives a yellow color with methyl orange and a red color with methyl red. can someone help me with this? what should do first? i know ...
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Difference in reactivity between As and Sb

I know that the Marsh test can detect both As and Sb. In literature, I have found that to distinguish the elements, one can use hypochloride solutions. In fact, arsenic is oxidized to arsenic (III). ...
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Why are hydrides of transition metals called hydrogen-deficient?

My textbook states: Metallic hydrides are formed by many d- and f-block elements. Unlike saline hydrides, they are almost always non-stoichiometric, being deficient in hydrogen, for example, LaH$_{2....
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What are the additional chemicals required to make polyurethane foam more viscoelastic? [closed]

I am currently experimenting with polyurethane forms for a science and research project I am working on. I need to make the polyurethane foam more viscoelastic, almost like memory foam. I am unable to ...
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How to determine the number of π-electrons in a conjugated system from UV-Vis data?

Is there a way to determine the number of π-electrons in a conjugated system from UV-Vis data? I am modelling the electrons as particles in an infinite box of length $L$ equal to the length of the ...
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How to calculate non-stoichiometric ratio [closed]

I'm reading a paper "Photocatalysis-mediated drug-free sustainable cancer therapy using nanocatalyst." Here, the authors synthetise nanoplates of $\ce{SnS_{1.68}}$ with nanodots of $\ce{WO_{...
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Reasons you would not want to heat a crystal hydrate (Measurement of water content in hydrate)

I understand that some decompose under heat. Some will form a different product, Such as CuSO4 becoming CuO if heated too much and we wouldn't recover all of the water. Some, such as AlCl3 actually ...
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Net direction of dipole moment in oxygen difluoride

What is the net direction of dipole moment in $\ce{F2O}$ molecule? In the case of $\ce{NH3}$ and $\ce{NF3}$ molecules both have net dipole moment with direction reversed due to strong ...
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The role of PIDA in C-H activation reactions

PIDA ((Diacetoxyiodo)benzene) is a hypervalent iodine(III) compound that acts an attractive oxidizing agent in most of the transition metal catalyzed reactions. Can someone explain me the mechanism of ...
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Molecular geometry of BaH2 according to VSEPR theory

I am asked to predict the correct molecular geometry of $\ce{BaH2}$ according to VSEPR theory. I assumed that it is linear due to barium being an alkaline earth metal and therefore not having any lone ...
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pH of an aqueous solution of Mg2+ kept rising above that of clean water. What's going on?

In a recent inorganic chemistry lab session, we tested the pH of various ions in water. The water turned out to be on the acidic side (5.5 with $\mathrm{pH}$-paper, 5.59 with $\mathrm{pH}$-meter). A ...
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Cinnabar decomposition by heating optional method?

Is it possible to decompose cinnabar into $\ce{Hg}$ and $\ce{S}$ instead of $\ce{Hg + SO2}$ with roasting and heating. What conditions need to be satisfied in the new method?
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Will changing the salt in the salt bridge change the voltage produced in a galvanic cell?

I have used zinc sulfate and copper sulfate as the solutions, and used zinc and copper electrodes. For salt bridge I took lithium, potassium, calcium, sodium and zinc nitrates. The results are as ...
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Does cinnabar react with iodine?

Does cinnabar react with bromine and iodine to form elemental sulphur? This reaction was described in "Explorations in the history of science and technology in China" but I have doubts...
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Why do 4d and 5d metals have more orbital overlap than 3d because of size?

When considering the electrical conductivity of metal oxides, they will conduct better if the metals orbitals can reach each other to overlap. Whether this can happen is contributed to by a couple of ...
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Question regarding chemical equilibrium when adding a salt to acid solution

Having read the following was wondering something: $$\mathrm {p}K_\mathrm{a} = -\log\frac{[\ce{H+}]_\mathrm{eq}[\ce{A-}]_\mathrm{eq}}{[\ce{HA}]_\mathrm{eq}} $$ $$\ce{HA <=> H+ + A-}$$ $$\mathrm{...
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What is the correct Lewis structure of difluorophosphate?

I can draw two possible Lewis structures for $\ce{PO2F2-}$ anion: What is the correct structure and why is the other one wrong?
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Chemical Difference between Dexedrine and Methamphetamine [closed]

I am a newbie at chemistry and was wondering what the key difference between Dexedrine and Methamphetamine HCL is? I know that Methamphetamine has an extra methyl group compared to Adderall. But what ...
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Why is ruthenium dioxide a conductor while titanium dioxide is an insulator?

Ruthenium dioxide has the same crystal structure as rutile (titanium dioxide), and the metal atoms are in the same oxidation state. Yet ruthenium dioxide is a metal-like conductor (its resistivity is ...
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In what form does the respective halides of thallium exist as?

Thallium Halides like $\ce{TlF}$ and $\ce{TlI}$ exist. However, my text says that $\ce{TlI}$ exists as $\ce{Tl+}$ and $\ce{I3-}$. This is understandable with the help of the inert pair effect. Then ...
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What is the trend in hydration entropy of alkali metal ions?

Is there a trend in alkali metal ion hydration entropy? There's much talk of hydration enthalpy, but I have a hard time finding information about the change in entropy. Am I right in thinking that Li$^...
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What is the n factor of h2o2 undergoing disproportionation reaction liberating oxygen [closed]

There is a lot of confusion about the n-factor of hydrogen peroxide in its disproportionation into water and oxygen. $$\ce{2H2O2 -> 2H2O + O2}$$ Some sources(1,2) say n-factor of $\ce{H2O2}$ is 2 ...
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Why is Cu(II) more stable than Cu(I)? [duplicate]

Seeing Copper has an exceptional electron filling in its valence shell(4s1 3d10), the way I see it is that on +1, a d10 configuration should be more stable and hence easier to attain than a d9 which ...
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Decline in current during electrolysis

I observed a sharp decrease in the current when I carried out the electrolysis of water. Just to set the context, I used a voltage of $\pu{12V}$ and the concentration of my electrolytes were $\pu{0.15 ...
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Is acac- a weak field ligand?

From the chemical structure of acac- compared to NH3 and en, is acac- a stronger or weaker ligand strength? How and why do we know this?
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Comparing O−O bond length in hydrogen peroxide and dioxide(2−) ion

Problem How can we qualitatively compare the bond lengths between $\ce{H2O2}$ and $\ce{O2^2-}?$ Answer Attempt I tried using molecular orbital theory, but since both have peroxide $\ce{O2^2-},$ the ...
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Why is the solution of ammonium bifluoride more acidic than aqueous ammonium fluoride?

At low concentrations of aqueous $\ce{NH4HF2}$ $(w = 1–2\,\%)$ $\mathrm{pH}\approx 3.$ But aqueous $\ce{NH4F}$ $(w = 20–40\,\%)$ has $\mathrm{pH}\approx 7.$ Yet the equilibria of $$ \begin{align} \ce{...
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Does aqueous ammonium fluoride solution release hydrogen fluoride vapors?

Can $\ce{HF}$ vapors be released from $\ce{NH4F}$ solution in water $(w(\ce{NH4F}) = 40\,\%)$ at room temperature? I assume that dissolving $\ce{NH4F}$ in water produces small amount of $\ce{HF}.$
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How does precipitate affect cell potential?

A cell is set up with copper and lead electrodes in contact with $\ce{CuSO4(aq)}$ and $\ce{Pb(NO3)2(aq)},$ respectively, at $\pu{25 °C}.$ The standard reduction potentials are: $$ \begin{align} \ce{Pb^...
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What chemical could be used as carbon monoxide scrubber?

I am trying to produce nitrogen by passing air over a heated tube of coals. This leaves a mixture of $\ce{CO},$ $\ce{H2O}$ and $\ce{N2}.$ Only $\ce{CO}$ is unwanted in this case. Could I use calcium ...
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What happens when solution containing two or more cations are electrolysed at an excess potential?

$\pu{250 mL}$ of a waste solution obtained from the workshop of a goldsmith contains $\pu{0.1 M}$ $\ce{AgNO3}$ and $\pu{0.1 M}$ $\ce{AuCl}$. The solution was electrolyzed at $\pu{2 V}$ by passing a ...
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HCN, or my nose says I'm dead [closed]

As you see, I still post... I studied chemisty decades ago (and when I was through with all the compulsory practica, I was sent to a computer chemistry workgroup and politely suggested to never touch ...
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Interatomic spacing vs electric conductivity

I have a theory which may be wrong but I will write it down.If 2 elements at the same group (in solids)have the same crystal structure then the one with the biggest interatomic spacing has better ...
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Calculate EAN for [Fe(diars)2Cl2]Cl? [closed]

I know EFFECTIVE ATOMIC NUMBER (EAN) as the following • The sum of the number of electrons, donated by all ligands and those present on the central metal ion or atom in the complex is called an ...
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Why is oxygen more stable than oxygen dication?

According to molecular orbital theory (MOT), $\ce{O2^2+}$ has a greater bond order than $\ce{O2}$ and two less antibonding electrons. So why is molecular oxygen $\ce{O2}$ more stable than the ...

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