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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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Qualitative Analysis of Different Cations

So, we were taught in lab how to identify a couple of cations and anions through elimination and confirmatory tests. I was wondering, however—how would this work if the test solution were made up of ...
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Difference between ionization enthalpy and work function?

The work function is stated as the energy required to eject an electron out.. And ionisation enthalpy is stated energy required to move an electron out of the gaseous atom. I don't understand if there ...
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Interaction between Ozone and Carbon Dioxide

We are trying to predict what will happen when carbon dioxide gas is introduced into a contact chamber that serves as an ozone contact chamber. These contact chambers presently oxidize compounds found ...
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What results from combining monopotassium phosphate, magnesium sulfate and calcium nitrate?

If I mix monopotassium phosphate, magnesium sulfate, and calcium nitrate together in aqueous solution, what chemicals will result? Are these safe to combine (i.e. any toxic gases, etc.)? I thought ...
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% Fe in a sample

Seems so simple but is confusing me as when I take into account final weight I don't get one of the answers. An iron ore was analysed by dissolving a $1.1324~\mathrm{g}$ sample in concentrated $\ce{...
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Why is copper(II) oxide green?

Copper(II) oxide is black, but when we find the percentage of oxygen in air by volume using ammonia, copper, and ammonium chloride, the color of $\ce{CuO}$ turns green. What is the reason for this?
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Why does boron fume in moist air? Is the following accurate?

I initially guessed it was due to the formation of $\ce{H3BO3}$ but am now doubtful. Does it have anything to do with $\ce{HCl}$ formation? If the question referred to a boron halide, I could answer ...
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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 ...
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Rules to identify the most stable resonance structures

While studying resonance from this Chemistry LibreTexts article, I found the rules to follow in order to decide which structure is the most stable. Among them: The structure with the least number of ...
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Synthesis of ZnO by wet chemical method and reducing particle size by ball milling

I synthesized bulk $\ce{ZnO}$ which is pure white in colour, but after high energy ball milling colour changes from white to yellow, why? Figure 1: Zinc oxide (courtesy of Wikipedia).
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Why are the nitrate salts hygroscopic?

Any metal is never extracted from its nitrate salt because nitrate salts are highly soluble in water, so flow away along with rainwater, or any other source. But why are the nitrate salts so ...
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hydrated halide structure

What is the structure of $\ce{LiCl.2H2O}$? I think when $\ce{LiCl}$ is put in aqueous medium, it will break into $\ce{Li+}$ and $\ce{Cl-}$. Then $\ce{H2O}$ will give LP to Li and hydrate it. But why 2 ...
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Determining sulfate content in Mohr's salt

I am practicing problems for my chemistry test and I am stuck on the following problem: The value of $x$ in $\ce{Fe(NH4)2(SO4)2 ⋅ xH2O}$ can be found by determining the amount, in moles, of sulfate ...
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What determines the atom or molecule that receives electrons during oxidation?

I'm no chemist, so bear with me. From my understanding, the reason metal oxidation occurs is because the metal is losing electrons to the oxygen ions in the air; and that an ion is an atom or ...
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What are the isomers of a complex having a structure of M(AB)2C2?

Our instructor have us answer an isomerism problem of a crystal structure that has a form of $\ce{M(AB)2C2}$. I keep getting 9 isomers, which includes the optically inactive isomer, and my peers and I ...
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Why is moist hydrogen made to react with chlorine to give hydrogen chloride?

Moist hydrogen reacts with chlorine in diffused sunlight to give out hydrogen chloride. Why is moist hydrogen used? Why not dry hydrogen?
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What's the effect of Pressure change in Chemical Equilibrium if any reactant or product is Solid or Liquid?

I am studying La-Chatelier's Principle of Chemical Equilibrium. I got a problem of Pressure change in Chemical Equilibrium. I know that Pressure change If a reversible reaction is in equilibrium ...
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when Al2O3 melts which bonds are broken?

Previously, I was trying to understand why $\ce{Al2O3}$ has a lower melting point than MgO. An answer on quora said Do not confuse the character of the bond between the metal and oxygen with the ...
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Hydration enthalpy

I have been reading about hydration enthalpy trends and all about it. Can you please explain the mechanism as to what actually happens when we say that Lithium and Beryllium have highest Hydration ...
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Molecular mechanics of current flow in electrolysis of alkaline water - effect of electrolyte concentration?

I’m confused about the how to explain the effect of electrolyte concentration (eg. NaOH) on the magnitude of the current when an external voltage is applied. I want a precise explanation and not a ...
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Chemical treatment for softening caliche soil layers

Caliche is a formation found in some desert areas. It is a form of calcium carbonate that is highly resistant to being dissolved by water. So much so, that it can form an impenetrable layer ...
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Naming acids, oxidation numbers and charges

I have been studying chemistry for a short time and studied the nomenclature of inorganic compounds. I got to naming acids, and got really confused with several things, including the definition of ...
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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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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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Equilibrium Constant dependence

The equilibrium constant (EC) of a certain reaction is only dependent on temperature. For instance, suppose at a certain temperature, the EC of $\ce{A + 3B <=> 2C}$ is $K$. Now if I divide the ...
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When H2NCH2CH2PH2 acts a monodentate ligand, it is the phosphine end that chelates. Why is that?

In some occasions, if the ligand acts on Pd it do so as a monodentate ligand. I am attempting to explain this phenomenon but came into a block.
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How can we find out the type of bonding present in a compound or a molecule?

For example, if the bonding in diamond, ice, MgO or CO2 is to determine, how can I find it out? How to determine van der Waals forces?
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Method for removing CuO in an inert environment

Common oxides (i.e., CuO or Al2O3) are capable of removal via NaOH solution. However, I am interested in removing a copper oxide layer inside an inert (Ar glovebox) environment. Thus, the traditional ...
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Why is it important in the iodine clock reaction that there is only a small quantity of sodium thiosulfate?

These are 2 questions . Why is thiosulphate needed ? And why In small quantities ? I know that the thiosulphate reacts with the I2 to form I ions Why is that important though ?
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What is PPM in terms of air concentration?

When they say the $\ce{CO2}$ concentration is $\pu{350 ppm}$ what does this actually mean? Does this mean that if we took a sample of air say $\pu{1 m3}$ then $\pu{350 mg}$ of that cubic meter would ...
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How can I find the equilibrium constant Kp without temperature?

The question I'm looking at is I found that that Kc = 139M^-1, but how can I determine Kp? There is no temperature given, but I was told that it is still possible to calculate.
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Etching of ZnS crystal by NaOCl

Can someone tell me the exact mechanism for etching $\ce{ZnS}$ with $\ce{NaOCl}$? I believe it is due to $\ce{OCl-}$ ion, just need confirmation. Many thanks.
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What is (if there is) the reaction between manganese chloride and oxygen when dry?

I had a chemistry lab and I did a error. I was supposed to make some $\ce{MnCl2}$ and then used fire to dry it but then some of it turned black, and I am supposed to quantify my error. So I am ...
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Why potassium chromate can be used as indicator in Mohr method?

Both silver chloride and silver chromate are insoluble, so why is that silver chromate is precipitated before silver chromate? Why wouldn't both red silver chromate and white silver chloride form at ...
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Make KCN from ferrocyanide, K2CO3, and carbon

$$\ce{2K4Fe(CN)6 + 2K2CO3 + 1C -> 12KCN + 2Fe + 3CO2}$$ This reaction seems very logical. Does it actually occur? What temperature should be used for the reaction? $\pu{640^\circ C}$?
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The preparation of 0.005 M Iodine Solution

The dissolution of iodine crystals with potassium iodide is very slow. To prepare a 0.005 M Iodine solution will require you keep the vessel until all crystals dissolve. With the low concentration and ...
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Ions Na+ and Cl-

Fundamental question on ions: If, for instance, $\ce{Na}$ and $\ce{Cl}$ react to produce $\ce{NaCl}$ salt, then $\ce{Na^+}$ and $\ce{Cl^-}$ are obviously formed. What I don't understand is, for ...
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Why atomic mass is taken in comparison?

The definition of atomic mass says that it is the mass of one atom of the element with respect to 1|12 of the mass of carbon-12 atom. My question is that why there is need to compare the atomic mass ...
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Determine concentration of phosphate after copper(II) oxalate is precipitated

Solution with $\ce{Na3PO4}$ with $\pu{0.02 M}$ concentration and $\ce{Na2C2O4}$ with $\pu{0.03 M}$ concentration. I add excess $\ce{Cu(NO3)2}$ very carefully – tiny amounts. What will be my $\ce{PO4^...
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electron counting for transition metal-oxo ligand compound

Using donor-pair method, how many electrons would an oxo ($O^{2-}$) ligand contribute? I cannot decide if it is 2 or 4.
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What is the trend of thermal stability of group 1 oxides?

The thermal stability of most compounds of Group 1 elememts (hydroxides, carbonates, nitrates) increases down the group due to decrement in charge density of the cation. Now, according to one of my ...
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Selectivity of metal nitrates towards ammonium bicarbonate

I am performing coprecipitation reaction, and in the precipitating step, I have a bunch of metal nitrates(ferric nitrate, aluminium nitrate and barium nitrate)in a solution reacting with ammonium ...
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Why is helium considered as a non-metal?

How can helium be considered as a non-metal based on its chemical properties? Helium is a noble gas; it does not take part in chemical reactions under ordinary conditions. But non-metals tend to gain ...
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Sulphur trioxide problem

I'm having minor difficulties solving this problem: How many grams of sulfur (VI) oxide can be derived from 8 g of sulfur and 6 g of oxygen? (S-32) I've tried to solve it this way: $\ce{2S + 3O2 -...
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Structure of IO2F5(2-) dianion

This question came in my exam to draw the Structure of $\ce{[IO_2F_5]^2-}$ I am confused. Here's what I reasoned: Iodine will have hybridisation $\ce{sp^3d^3}$ so it will be pentagonal bi ...
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How is ozone formation form oxygen **spontaneous**?

DeltaH for process is positive and deltaS is negative. Then by thermodynamics,deltaG for process must be positive at all temperatures. Then how is ozone formation spontaneous?
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Why Silica and normal alumina can damage or destroy many metal complexes?

in case of organic ligand there r several techniques for purification,but in case of metal complex(Cr,Mn,Fe,Co) with schiff base , i have not seen any literature for the purification of them except ...
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Percentage of yield reaction question

By bubbling $\ce{Cl2}$ in a solution containing $176.6~\mathrm{g}$ of $\ce{MgBr2}$ are obtained [sic!] $135~\mathrm{g}$ of $\ce{Br2}$. However, the yield of this reaction is not $100~\%$. How many ...

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