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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 it possible create crystalline solvate of electrons?

Okay, I know that this reads ridiculous insane, but one can obtain solvated electrons by adding sodium metal to liquid ammonia solution. The chemical reaction as written in my inorganic chemistry ...
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Will gaseous ionic compounds be free moving ions?

I knew while learning about electrolysis that if the ionic compound is molten it becomes free moving ions. If that is the case, what will happen if I continued heating till it reaches the boiling ...
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Why is ligand substitution only partial with copper(II) ions and ammonia?

When studying ligand substitution (at UK year 13 level), the following example has been given: \begin{align} \ce{[Cu(H2O)_6]^2+ + 2NH3 &<=> [Cu(OH)_2(H2O)_6] + 2NH4^+}\\ \ce{[Cu(OH)_2(H2O)...
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Why doesn't nitrogen monoxide dimerize?

Why doesn't Nitrogen monoxide dimerize even though there is an odd electron present whereas nitrogen dioxide does (because of the odd electron on nitrogen)?
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Why is the boiling point of stibane higher than that of ammonia?

I recently came across the fact that the boiling point of $\ce{SbH3}$ (stibane) is greater than that of $\ce{NH3}$ (ammonia). I was expecting $\ce{NH3}$ to have a greater boiling point as a ...
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Why does hydrogen fluoride have a boiling point so much lower than that of water?

$\ce{F}$ has more unshared electron pairs and is very electronegative, so $\ce{H}$ of another $\ce{HF}$ molecule can $\ce{H}$-bond with it. $\ce{HF}$ has normal boiling point of $\pu{19.5^oC}$ while $...
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Structure of Br3O8

What is the structure of $\ce{Br3O8}$? It has an odd number of electrons; does that make it a free radical? The structure given in my book shows Where did the 7th electron of the central atom go? ...
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Jahn-Teller Distortions in Square Planar Complexes?

A Jahn-Teller distortion is predicted whenever a non-linear symmetric molecule has degenerate orbitals and has unequal electron occupation in those degenerate orbitals. Of course, this most often is ...
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Propose a chemical formula for the white solid that forms during the initial stages of the reaction of Sn with benzyl chloride

In my inorganic class, we carried out the synthesis of chlorotribenzyltin, $\ce{SnCl(CH2C6H5)3}$. The synthesis begins with a reflux I'll describe below: In a hood, place 2.0 g (17 mmol) of 325 ...
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What causes the “Gd break” in the trend of lanthanide-EDTA formation constants?

Smith and Martell obtained a series of data for the binding of trivalent lanthanide ions, $\ce{Ln^3+}$, with various carboxylic acid ligands (amongst them the well-known EDTA).1 A graph of the ...
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Why can't I balance this reaction algebraically?

$$\ce{aCu + bHNO3 -> cCu(NO3)2 + dNO + eH2O}$$ (Source) I calculated: \begin{align} a &= c &(\ce{Cu})\\ b &= 2e &(\ce{H})\\ b &= 2c + d &(\ce{N})\\ 3b &= 6c + d + ...
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Why can't rust form without water?

Shouldn't iron oxide be able to form without water? It is just iron and oxygen. I don't really understand what the dot followed by the $\ce{H2O}$ means either. I was reading on wikipedia, but I have a ...
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Counterintuitive Reaction of Aluminium On Steel Balls

There is a certain video which I just watched about 2 large cast iron balls. If the balls are struck together, no reaction happens, but if one is covered in aluminium foil and then struck, a large ...
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Why doesn't EDTA complex with alkali metal ions?

EDTA complexes with all the other metal ions in the periodic table except those from the group 1. Why is this so ? What is the coordination chemistry behind this ?
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How can titanium burn in nitrogen?

I was going through the properties of titanium when a certain thing caught my eye: It was the reaction of burning of titanium in nitrogen. I was astonished to read it as I knew that neither is ...
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What exactly happened when I added KOH to hydrogen peroxide?

I recently added a potassium hydroxide, $\ce{KOH}$, pellet to a small droplet of hydrogen peroxide (30 %), $\ce{H2O2}$. You could clearly see the potassium hydroxide dissolving in the droplet when ...
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Which has stronger hydrogen bonds: water or ice?

As ice is the solid form of water and it has more hydrogen bonds than water, because it's oxygen atoms are precisely tetrahedrally positioned and each oxygen is hydrogen bonded by four neighbouring ...
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What determines how much water of crystallisation a salt has?

Is there any reason behind the number of water of crystallisation? For example, $\ce{LiCl.2H2O}$ has two waters of crystallisation, and $\ce{MgCl2.8H2O}$ has 8 waters of crystallisation. Why does $\...
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Does water have a chemical name?

The title sums up the question: Does water have a chemical name? If so, what is it? P.S. I checked up the web and got all sorts of crazy answers like dihydrogenmonoxide, oxidane, ...
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What is the chemical structure / hybridization of sulfuric acid?

I was looking at the chemical structure of $\ce{H2SO4}$. Intuitively, I would have expected this molecule to be square planar in accordance with $p^2d^2$ or $sp^2d$ hybridization, but instead it is ...
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Do bare protons exist, even transiently, in aqueous solution?

Generally $\ce{H^+}$ ions in water remain in the form of hydronium ions ($\ce{H3O+}$), and not as "free" aqueous protons, as far as I've been taught. My question: is this always the case, even when ...
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Is there any experimental evidence for OClF5?

On page 88 and 89 of this document, the author laments that $\ce{OClF5}$ has still not been discovered. He says it would be "just about the ultimate possible storable oxidizer" (for rockets). (Note: ...
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Not your ordinary hard water deposit

We have a well that delivers hard water and we do not have a water softener. (There was a “green sand filter” that utilizes permanganate to oxidize other metals on the system, but it has been ...
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Why do the melting and boiling points of the noble gases increase when the atomic number increases?

What causes the melting and boiling points of noble gases to rise when the atomic number increases? What role do the valence electrons play in this?
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Why is the magnesium(II) ion preferred over other ions in chlorophyll?

Chlorophyll has a $\ce{Mg^2+}$ ion. Why is it preferred over other ions? For example, what happens if there is $\ce{Zn^2+}$ or $\ce{Ca^2+}$ or any other (divalent) cation instead of $\ce{Mg^2+}$?
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Why is WF6 stable whereas CrF6 is unknown?

$\ce{F-}$ is a hard base since it is small and relatively polarizable. Both $\ce{Cr^6+}$ and $\ce{W^6+}$ are hard acids, but shouldn't $\ce{CrF6}$ be favored since it would be a smaller hard acid?
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Is borazine aromatic?

I came across this structure which has got pi bonds only in its canonical forms (which are also unstable compared to the Ist structure), is it aromatic? Also, is it compulsory for an aromatic ...
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Bond order for carbonate ion for resonance

I saw in a textbook that for carbonate ion, there are 3 resonance forms and the bond order is 1 and 1/3. So in general, how should we calculate the bond order for resonance structures? Is there any ...
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In Crystal Field Theory what does Δo=10Dq mean?

While studying the Crystal Field Theory I was told $\mathrm{Dq}$ is a unit, related to the unit $\Delta_{\mathrm{O}}$ by the relation $\Delta_{\mathrm{O}} = 10\ \mathrm{Dq}$. But aren't $\Delta_{\...
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What happens when you mix alum with soap?

I was handling alum one day and accidentally I touched toilet soap after that. They reacted with each other and formed a rubberlike sticky substance (like dried glue on palm). I am curious what was ...
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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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Diagonal relationships in the Periodic Table

I have often wondered about diagonal relationships between elements on the periodic table, and the most often cited explanations revolve around charge-density considerations. But other than that, ...
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Why is fluorine more reactive than chlorine?

Why is fluorine more reactive than chlorine despite chlorine having a higher electron affinity?
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Why do we call O2 oxygen? [closed]

I have been taught that oxygen is a chemical element, in other words a certain type of atom that has 8 protons in its nucleus. So why is O2 called oxygen? It is not a type of atom but rather a ...
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Is the triiodide ion polar?

Three professors argue it is non-polar. My professor argues that it is a monopole, like most ions. The structure of the triiodide ion places a negative formal charge on the central iodine atom. The ...
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Does freezing a solution with water always cause the water to separate and form the ice lattice?

I'm curious, I was trying to look into the affect of freezing a solution with water even when the solution is completely miscible. I came across something that detailed this regarding salt water and ...
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Is KF the most ionic compound?

I saw somewhere (can't recall where) that KF is the most ionic compound. I expected CsF. Does the greater polarizability of Cs allow it to more easily form covalent bonds compared to K? Does this ...
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Why is the inversion barrier larger in PH3 than it is in NH3?

The inversion barrier in $\ce{NH3}$ is approximately $5~\mathrm{kcal~mol^{-1}}$ and that of $\ce{PH3}$ is $35~\mathrm{kcal~mol^{-1}}$. This has well-known stereochemical consequences in that amines ...
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Why doesn't curie temperature follow a periodic trend in ferromagnetic materials

I was writing up an answer to a question which was asking why the Curie Temperature's of $\ce{Fe, Co, Ni}$ don't follow a periodic trend. The OP voluntarily deleted his question before I could finish ...
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Can fluorine act as the central atom in interhalogen compounds?

Why can't fluorine be the central atom in inter-halogen compounds? A $\ce{F-F}$ bond is weaker than a $\ce{F-X}$ bond and thus, fluorine should be happy to form inter-halogen compounds. But, why ...
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Why are antibonding molecular orbitals formed?

When two atomic orbitals make one molecular orbital there must be an antibonding orbital also. Why should they make also an antibonding molecular orbital, such as the $2\mathrm b_2$ orbital in 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 to explain the dipole moment anomaly of methyl fluoride and methyl chloride with respect to their hydracids?

I was checking dipole moment orders, and came across a very peculiar result: Methyl fluoride $(\ce{CH3F})$ has lesser dipole moment than methyl chloride ($\ce{CH3Cl}$), but hydrofluoric acid ($\ce{HF}$...
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Is it still possible for an amateur, a hobbyist, or a science buff to make relevant discoveries in chemistry today? [closed]

Consider astronomy. Hobbyists and amateurs are today still able to make small to moderate scientific contributions to their field. Is the same true in chemistry? I think there might be at least two ...
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Why are copper salts less soluble than zinc salts?

Compounds with cations having pseudo-inert gas electron configurations have more covalent character than those that don't, therefore they should be less soluble. Here are some solubility products: $$...
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Why do different elements form different types of carbides?

What property of the elements make them form different types of carbides like: $\ce{Be}$ and $\ce{Al}$ - $\ce{Be2C}$ and $\ce{Al4C3}$ (Methanides) contains $\ce{C^4-}$ ion $\ce{Na}$ and $\ce{Ca}$ - $...
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Why is diborane cleaved symmetrically by trimethylamine but unsymmetrically by ammonia?

I know that soft bases cleave diborane symmetrically but hard ones don't. However, what makes ammonia harder than trimethylamine? And why does hardness/softness affect this?
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Why is it considered acid rain with pH <5.6?

I recently read in a book that rain is considered acid rain if the pH falls below 5.6. However a substance is acidic when the pH is below 7; so why is the boundary for acid rain 5.6? I was thinking ...
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What is the perfect definition for chirality?

Why is chirality defined differently for organic and inorganic compounds? Why are inorganic compounds deemed to be optically active if they have more than one of the same ligands attached to the ...
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Why does a tetrahedral molecule like methane have a dipole moment of zero?

I was studying chemical bonding when I noticed something odd. We say compounds like $\ce{CCl4}$ and $\ce{CH4}$ have a tetrahedral geometry (which is a 3D structure) but when we talk about their ...