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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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Is there a difference between hydrated oxides and hydroxides?

My guess is that they are different. I think hydrated oxides would have a lattice with the cation and oxide anions as lattice points and molecules of water trapped in interstitial spaces, while ...
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Nature of a1g Molecular Orbital Interactions in Ferrocene

While learning about ferrocene I've come across this molecular orbital diagram. What particularly confused me is the nature of the a'1g orbital. My professor taught that a'1g and e2g are considered ...
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Metal coordination in enzymes: What type and number of bonds form between amino acid residues and Fe(II)?

My understanding: Transition (d-block) metals, as found in intracellular proteins, are limited to about 10 elements including amongst others Fe, Ni, and Cu. Due to the reductive environments inside ...
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Is silicon dioxide decomposition possible?

I was thinking about this, I made Gibbs free energy calculations and I can't figure out if $$\ce{SiO2(s) -> Si(s) + O2(g)}$$ is actually possible, even at a ridiculous high temperature.
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Symmetry Adapted molecular orbitals of Formaldehyde

I am currently trying to find the Symmetry Adapted linear Combinations (SALCs) of Formaldehyde $\ce{H2C=O}$, and use the 1s orbitals on the hydrogen atoms, and 2s, 2px, 2py and 2pz orbitals on the ...
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Molecular orbital diagram of CO and charge localisation

MO diagram of CO My question concerns the interpretation of the Molecular Orbital of CO. I think I find it clear how you build it but I have some concerns about how you rationalize it. Particularly, ...
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Molecular orbital diagram for I₃⁺ cation

Do I need to go through the whole process of reducible representations/projection operator method to come up with the bent SALCs for the $\ce{[I3]+}$ molecule? Or is it simpler than that?
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acid strength: Periodic trends vs delocalisation, which one is more important

In 1st year chemistry questions, the concept of acid strength is often introduced to students including the 3 factors that provide a heuristic explanation for most of the common acids and conjugate ...
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Solvated Electrons

We all know that the alkali metals give solvated electrons in liquid ammonia which is responsible for the blue color of the solution. It is stated, "the blue color of the solution is due to the ...
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Compound of fluorine and tellurium

As an exercise I have to predict the formula of the compounds that fluorine and tellurium can build using group properties. My idea was to use the octet rule and therefore the formula would be $\ce{...
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An unknown glassware piece from our cupboard

We have multiple of these. It is a small glass funnel with splits into 3 spouts from it. Now, we are thinking it might be similar to a cow receiver, however, I have never seen one this small or ...
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Unknown possibly handmade glassware- description in information below

Okay, Another random item from the cupboard (unknown users or discipline of life sciences unknown) could be anything up to 40 years old.... This appears to be a 2 neck quickfit adapter (B19 and B14) ...
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Solubility of PbSO4

The solubility of $\ce{PbSO4(s)}$ increase with the addition of $\ce{H2SO4}.$ Why? I don't quite understand this. When dissolving $\ce{PbSO4(s)}$ we get the equilibrium equation: $$\ce{PbSO4(s) <=...
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Changing of UV-Vis peak absorption after heating Ni(en)2(NO2)2

(c) The trans-isomer of $\ce{Ni(en)2(NO2)2}$ D is red $(λ_\mathrm{max} = \pu{500 nm}).$ It can be heated to give a new trans-isomer E, which is violet $(λ_\mathrm{max} = \pu{560 nm}).$ Assume that, ...
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Gap in ionic radii

The above picture was shown in a presentation by my prof in inorganic chem as we were discussing ionic radii more in depth (all in pm). These are all isoelectronic radii. Notice the sudden leap in ...
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Does fluoride anion ever act as a strong field ligand?

In the case of $\ce{[Fe(H2O)6]^3+}$ there are $5$ unpaired electrons as water acts as a weak field ligand. But instead of fluoride acting as a weak field ligand in the $\ce{[MnF6]^4-}$ , why does it ...
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Analytics of a paramagnetic complexes

I am working with salophene iron[III] complexes. Unfortunately, my 5th ligand cannot be determined via MS. I performed a 1H-NMR in methanol, but it's not a suitable method for a paramagnetic compound. ...
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Inorganic IUPAC for Compounds with bridged ligands?

Can we use bis(tetraammine) instead of octaammine is the 2nd example ? As in the 1st example they used bis(pentaammine) and also in the 3 one the used bis(carbonylcyclopentadienyliron)
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Help understanding the pi-properties of the NCS- ligand

Course knowledge When considering the NCS- ion, I take all atoms to be sp hybridized. This means that there are 8 electrons that are accommodated in the $\pi$-system. There are two orthogonal 3-...
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Why does the order of adsorption of hydrated alkali metals on an ion exchange resin decrease down the group?

Why does the order of adsorption of hydrated alkali metals on an ion exchange resin decrease down the group? I recently did a question on this topic and they say adsorption order is $$\ce{ Li+ > ...
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What's the hybridization in diphosphorus molecule?

I read that diphosphorus has 2 phosphorus atoms joined by a triple bond (ie) it has one sigma bond and 2 pi bonds with 2 lone pairs ( 1 lone pair on each atom). I'm confused about the hybridization of ...
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Which reagents can directly oxidize ammonium ion into gaseous dinitrogen?

I have a simple question. I've looked on the internet and the only thing I found was the Anammox process - Anaerobic Ammonium Oxidation. Wikipedia lists the reaction as: $$\ce{NH4+} +\ce{NO2-}\...
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Sense of radii quotient to determine coordination number in crystals?

Every common textbook explains the method of the radii quotient between the cation and anion of a selected salt to determine to coordination number(s) in that salt. For example deduce "Inorganic ...
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Why is nitrogen dioxide brown?

Nitrogen dioxide (NO2) is a reddish brown molecule, while its dimer nitrogen tetroxide (N2O4) is colorless. Can you give a reasonably detailed explanation for this from electronic structure theory? ...
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Effect of temperature and pressure on structure of solids

What is the effect of these conditions on the structure of solids? My book has the answer that confuses me. I got nothing about it. Can you please explain? The answer of the book is With the ...
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Can someone help me finish this reaction?

This question revolves around sodium percarbonate (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodium_percarbonate) and its reaction with sulfuric acid. I didn't find anything, so I tried assembling it myself. ...
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Briggs-Rauscher numerical model

I want to use the Briggs-Rauscher experiment to demonstrate oscillating reactions, and then explain it using a numerical model. How much is known about this reaction? Is it possible to write down a ...
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What will happen if ligand orientation is changed?

How we came to know ligand should approach from t2g orbitals in d5 configuration for tetrahedral complexes? What will be the difference in energy if ligand approach from eg? As far as I can think, ...
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Can the decompistion of one carbonate inhibt the decomposition of another carbonate?

If two different carbonates of Group II, are mixed in equal amounts and then heated could one of the carbonates decomposition inhibt the other ones decomposition? I don't understand how it would ...
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Order of Basicity of Nitrogen Trihalides

I was asked to arrange nitrogen tri-halides in order of increasing basicity. On looking up the answer online, it turned out to be the following: $\ce{NF3}$ < $\ce{NCl3}$ < $\ce{NBr3}$ < $\ce{...
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Trends in pi backbonding for main group elements across a period

Recently, I have been re-reading some undergraduate notes and found that there's a period trend in pi backbonding of main group elements (i.e. no transition metals involved) but no explanation were ...
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Can two solids form in a double displacement reaction?

I am trying to react silver flouride with magnesium chloride. I know it is a double displacement reaction but so far the equation I have gotten is: $$\ce{2AgF (aq) + MgCl2 (aq) -> MgF2 (s) + 2AgCl ...
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Can pure elements have different colors?

This question was inspired by this: Are there colorful metals besides gold and copper? I was wondering how the color of a pure element could be changed. I know that it is possible for color to change ...
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Methanol adducts with CaCl2

Methanol forms adducts with $\ce{CaCl2}$ but I am not finding much information about the nature of these adducts & their stability. Are these solid adducts? Crystalline? Is the reaction ...
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Bond angle order of SF2, OF2, HOF

Arrange the following componds in the increasing order of bond angle. $$\ce{HOF,~OF2,~SF2}$$ I know that bond angle of $\ce{SF2}$ will be less than the bond angle of $\ce{OF2}$ because of larger ...
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Theoretical temperature change in lime hydration

Calcium oxide (quicklime) and water have an exothermic reaction $\ce{CaO + H2O \rightarrow Ca(OH)_2} \quad \quad \Delta H^{\circ}_f=-65.3 \; \mathrm{kJ \cdot mol^{-1}}$ Assume that I have 1 kg of ...
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Comparing two oxidizing agents using electron configuration

Which oxidizing agent from the pair $\ce{K_2IrCl_6/K_2PtCl_6}$ is stronger? Explain your answer using their electron configurations. We write the electron configurations for $\ce{Ir/Ir^{4+}}$ and $\...
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What are the chemical similarities between gallium and barium?

I am analyzing nutrient concentrations in wood, and I have found that in all my samples the distribution of gallium and barium are closely related. As a related phenomenon, the presence of these ...
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What type of bonding is present in lithium tetrahydridoaluminate?

I can tell that the negative ion has one bond which is a co-ordinate/dative covalent bond. However, overall, would you say that lithium tetrahydridoaluminate (lithium aluminium hydride) is ionic? If ...
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Electronegativity comparison of group 13 elements

Why is electronegativity of indium slightly greater than gallium?
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What happens when two nitrates react with each other?

I have to determine the products of the ammonium nitrate and copper nitrate. Is the below reaction correct? $$\ce{NH4NO3 + Cu(NO3)2 -> Cu(NH3)4(NO3)2}$$ (ammonium nitrate + copper nitrate → ...
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Ratio of rate of diffusion of two gases under constant temperature and pressure

I'm consulting one of higher classes books to study chemistry. I had been studying Graham's Law and question related to rate of diffusion. I came across a question[1] which says: Calculate the ...
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Titanium in HF vs HCl

So we tried the reaction between Titanium metal with hydrochloric acid and hydrofluoric acid at a similar concentration. While boiling temperatures and constant heat over a long period of time are ...
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What are examples of group 14 elements forming dπ - pπ bonding?

While studying the Group 14 elements, I came across the anomalous behaviour of carbon. In that there was a point: Carbon forms only p$\pi$-p$\pi$ type bonding while other elements in the group form ...
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Why isn't osmium ferromagnetic?

When I am studying magnetic properties in IB Chemistry, what particularly puzzles me is ferromagnetism. In my textbook, what accounts for paramagnetism in transition metals is unpaired electrons in ...
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Is there an 'easy' way to determine if a ligand is a pi acceptor, donor or neutral?

First of all I am confused how something can be pi neutral? something either does or doesn't have filled p orbitals for example. given something I have never seen acting as a ligand before like ...
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What is the origin of leaving group ability?

For example, during an SN2 attack: In the previous organic chemistry book that I am self-studying with, it says the fluorine atom is a better leaving group (become fluoride ion). This is because HF (...
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What is the correct electronic configuration of darmstadtium?

Some of the places, the electronic configuration of darmstadtium ($\ce{Ds}$) is given as $\mathrm{6d^9 7s^1}$ while at some other places, it is $\mathrm{6d^8 7s^2}$. Which among the two is correct?
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Determination of spinel structure by CFSE

$\ce{CuFe2O4}$ has inverse spinel structure, but $\ce{ZnFe2O4}$ has normal spinel structure. Explain. I know that normal spinels have a structure like $\ce{(A^{II})^{tet}(B^{III})^{oct}_2O_4}$-like ...
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Order of boiling point of group 14 halides

Find out the species having lowest boiling point: (A) $\ce{SnCl4}$ (B) $\ce{GeCl4}$ (C) $\ce{SiCl4}$ (D) $\ce{CCl4}$ I have considered the inert pair effect of $\ce{Sn}$ here which will make the ...

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