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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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Why is magic acid a superacid?

The above is a representation of magic acid. The left part is the acid; the right part is the solvent. Why would this combination make for a particularly good acid? The left part looks like a ...
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Where does the label ‘Dq’ to denote the field split in coordination compounds come from?

As established in a previous question, coordination compounds typically have a field split between the $\mathrm{t_{2g}}$ and the $\mathrm{e_g}$ d-orbitals.[1] This energy difference can be explained ...
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Why does KCl come in amber coloured bottles?

I remember from school that photosensitive chemicals are kept in amber coloured bottles. Is KCl photosensitive? I read up the impurities list on the bottle and it says that it may have bromides too? ...
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What's so special about chelation? [duplicate]

There is another closely related post here , and I've also read the referenced wiki article including applications of chelation, but I still don't see what's so special about chelation. I understand ...
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Can Hückel's rule be applied to inorganic compounds?

Hückel's rule helps us know which molecular orbital, bonding or antibonding contains more electrons, and it is derived from the same. And on the basis of this, we can find out the stability of the ...
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Toxicity of metallic lead (Pb)

I have some pieces of lead ($\ce{Pb}$) at home. I keep them in a box in the closet and never touch them. Can it be harmful? Should I throw them away? I would like to keep them, but I am not ...
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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 is sulfur hexafluoride more stable than selenium or tellurium hexafluoride?

I was just reading about p Block elements from two different books. Both books say that $\ce{SF6}$ is extremely stable in 16th group due to steric reasons but my question is why is it more stable than ...
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Why does copper precipitate out as a pink solid?

When copper is precipitated out of a solution e.g from CuI, why does it appear pink instead of copper-coloured? Are there other situations where copper appears pink in solid form?
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Are lithium bicarbonate and magnesium bicarbonate both soluble in water?

Are lithium bicarbonate and​ magnesium bicarbonate both soluble in water? Source: JEE Mains 2017 (National Level Examination of India) Please do cite a reputed source along with your answer. ...
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The bond in coordination complexes

This is a very basic question and I'm surprised it only just struck me. The nature of the bond in coordination complexes is a coordinate covalent bond. Only the ligand donates electrons for bond ...
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What does the eta notation mean in the naming of a transition metal complex?

I am reading a paper (Gutel et al., J. Mater. Chem. 2007, 17, 3290-3292) and I have come across the following reaction: In organic solvents, the decomposition under mild conditions of ($\eta^4$-1,...
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Ceramics in “bullet proof” vests?

Kevlar is an aramid fiber that is used in ballistics protection vests. From the structure (structure shown from Wikipedia article), you can see why it would work to dissipate the energy from a bullet ...
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Is a highly oxidized element more electropositive than a lesser oxidized counterpart?

My issue I have a significant problem with the following excerpt from a general chemistry text: Note that ON stands for oxidation number (state). The excerpt is with regard to polyatomic anions - ...
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When we heat a borax crystal, why does it first expand and then contract?

In the borax bead test, we take a crystal of borax and then heat it. A small loop is made in the end of a platinum or nichrome wire (as used in the flame test) and heated in a Bunsen flame until ...
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What is Drago's rule? Does it really exist?

My textbooks states the Drago's rule in inorganic chemistry as follows: The more electronegative atom prefers the orbital having more p character, and lone-pairs or less electronegative elements ...
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Order of dipole moments

What is the order of dipole moments for $\ce{SO3, SiO2, P2O5,}$ and $\ce{Cl2O7}$? This question is from a book and the answer given is $\ce{Cl2O7 < SO3 < P2O5 < SiO2}$. Can someone explain ...
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Why is the bond dissociation energy of C-H bond higher than that of a N-H bond?

Looking at a chart of BDEs (bond dissociation energies) regarding elements bonded with hydrogen, the general trend seems to be that the BDE increases as we go to the top and to the right. This can be ...
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Why doesn't LiHCO3 exist in solid state?

I have read that $\ce{LiHCO3}$ does not exist in solid state. Is it because of the size of anion-cation concept or is it something else? So why is it only for lithium and not for sodium too?
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Why is carbon dioxide nonpolar?

I understand that polarity corresponds to an electronegativity difference and that the larger the electronegativity difference, the more polar the bond. However, I have read that carbon dioxide is ...
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Why is CaCl2 called calcium chloride?

Doing a first year chem class. Just read through the molecular naming of compounds and now I'm confused as to why $\ce{CaCl2}$ is called calcium chloride and not calcium dichloride?
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How does chlorine form more than 1 bond?

How are perchlorate or chlorate or chlorite ions and their respective acids or compounds formed. $\ce{Cl}$ can't form more than one bond but still... $\rightarrow$'Perchlorate ion' $\rightarrow$'...
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What is the reason of the color difference for the cis/trans isomers of tetraamminedichloridocobalt(III) chloride?

The cis and trans isomers of $\ce{[CoCl2(NH3)4]Cl}$ are quite famous as one is purple and the other one is green which is a huge difference in color. Now I can't find any information to why this is ...
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Reaction between silver nitrate and aluminum chloride

I googled a bit about what $\ce{AgNO3 + AlCl3}$ will yield and found out the following: $\ce{3AgNO3 + AlCl3 -> Al(NO3)3 + 3AgCl}$ Why is that? I know that $\ce{Ag}$ is higher up in the reactivity ...
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Difference between state of matter and phase

What is the difference between state of matter and phase? This site said that: Phases are different from states of matter. The states of matter (e.g., liquid, solid, gas) are phases, but matter ...
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How can I find the symmetry labels of atomic orbitals in a molecule?

What are the symmetry labels for the p and d orbitals of platinum in $\ce{[PtCl4]^2-}$? I understand how to find the point group of a molecule, but am not sure how to use the character table to find ...
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Why iron reacts differently with concentrated and dilute sulfuric acid?

When $\ce{H2SO4}$ is dilute, $ \ce{Fe +H2SO4 -> FeSO4 + H2} $ and when $\ce{H2SO4}$ is concentrated, $\ce{3Fe +8H2SO4 -> FeSO4 + Fe2(SO4)3 + 4SO2 +8H2O}$ What made the reaction with ...
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Flame test: Is the metal atom or the metal ion responsible for the flame colour?

A sample of $\ce{CaCl2}$ is placed in the flame of a Bunsen burner. The component of the substance which is responsible for the production of the flame colour is: $\ce{Ca^2+}$ $\ce{Ca}$ $\...
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Is aqueous medium necessary for complex formation? if so, why?

If dry ammonia gas is passed through anhydrous copper sulfate, will it turn blue (due to the formation of tetraamminecopper(II) complex)? Or will silver chloride form diamminesilver(I) complex in ...
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Why is H2SO4 a good dehydrating agent while other strong acids are not?

I understand that $\ce{H2SO4}$ is a very good dehydrating agent because it is a strong acid, so that it quickly donates $\ce{H+}$ to hydroxide ions in water to form $\ce{HSO4-}$ and $\ce{H3O+}$ .But ...
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If a chemical formula for a mineral contains a comma, are there limits on the amounts of each element?

I have a chemical formula for the mineral actinolite which is: $$\rm{Ca}_2({Mg,Fe})_5{Si}_8{O}_{22}({OH})_2$$ The formula contains a "," which I understand means that the magnesium and the iron can ...
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Why does N₂ react with O₂ to Form NO at high temperatures?

This also raises questions that I have about the Haber Process which produces ammonia ($\ce{NH3}$) from molecular nitrogen ($\ce{N2}$) and hydrogen ($\ce{H2}$). I have heard multiple times that bond ...
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How can aluminium oxide be called an acid?

Aluminium oxide is amphoteric. It is easy to see that it is a Brønsted-Lowry base through the following reaction: $$\ce{Al_2O_3 + 6HCl \rightarrow 2AlCl_3 + 3H_2O}$$ The aluminum oxide splits and ...
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Ashes to diamonds — How?

Several companies are offering a service to turn ashes of human remains into diamonds. Does anyone know any details about the chemical aspects of the process? I have no idea, but suspect that the ...
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Molecular mechanics force fields for metals?

I know of several general molecular mechanics methods suitable for metals, including Dreiding and UFF. I know it's difficult to get many things right for such classical treatment of inorganic / ...
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What is the geometric configuration of the four fluorine atoms during the synthesis of xenon tetrafluoride?

Neil Bartlett (1932–2008) first synthesized $\ce{XeF4}$ (and $\ce{XeF6}$) in 1962. In the synthesis, a nickel chamber is used, and heated to 400°C, causing the formation of $\ce{NiF4}$, which ...
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Is hydrazine a better nucleophile than ammonia?

Which is a better nucleophile, $\ce{NH3}$ or $\ce{NH2NH2}$? For the sake of limiting scope, I want an answer for behavior in a protic solvent though non-protic solvent answers are welcomed. My logic ...
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Predicting relative solubilites of salts without Ksp values

Is there a way of comparing which salt is more soluble without knowing their $ K_{sp}$ data or performing experiments? For example, comparing $\ce{Hg2Cl2}$ and $\ce{Cr2(SO4)3}$. I am not sure ...
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Reaction mechanism in fluoride adsorption to aluminum oxide

Despite a fair amount of research (excluding non-open access journals, to which I have not got access), I cannot seem to find an explanation of the process that takes place when $\ce{F^-}$ adsorbs to ...
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What is the strongest oxidising agent?

I searched for the strongest oxidising agent and I found different results: $\ce{ClF3}$, $\ce{HArF}$, $\ce{F2}$ were among them. Many said $\ce{ClF3}$ is the most powerful as it oxidises everything, ...
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Mathematics in inorganic and quantum chemistry

Is mathematics important to learn concepts in inorganic chemistry, such as point groups, point symmetry, because doing these topics requires one to determine the symmetry of the elements and to ...
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Why is the melting point of PCl3 less than that of PCl5?

From just the IB chemistry bonding chapter information, you would normally deduce that $\ce{PCl3}$ and $\ce{PCl5}$ are both covalent molecules. However, as $\ce{PCl3}$ has a dipole moment, it has ...
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“T” in subscript in formulas

Does a “T” in a formula subscript indicate all possible numbers of atoms? $\ce{FeO_T}$ is the specific one I came across (in the "bulk chemistry" table here: https://sciences.ucf.edu/class/...
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Hybridization of nitrogen in trisilylamine, (SiH3)3N?

I want to know the hybridization of the central atom in $\ce{(SiH3)3N}$. I think it should be $\mathrm{sp^3}$, because $\ce{N}$ is attached to three silicon atoms and one lone pair. But actually it ...
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What exact color does ozone gas have?

This answer to a now closed question says that ozone gas has a "slight blue" color. But there are lots of blue colors: sky blue, ultramarine, phthalo blue, many others — what is closer to the color of ...
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Reaction intermediates of MnO2 catalyzed H2O2 decomposition reaction

Manganese dioxide catalyzes the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide to water and oxygen gas. But what are the intermediates in this catalyzed reaction?
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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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Does fluorine in FNO3 have +1 oxidation number?

According to my textbook and also Wikipedia, fluorine nitrate is a compound which can be created (though it is unstable). Also my textbook says that fluorine has a $+1$ oxidation state. But how is $+1$...
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What is the definition of organic compounds?

According to the definition of organic compounds on Wikipedia: An organic compound is any member of a large class of gaseous, liquid, or solid chemical compounds whose molecules contain carbon. ...
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How is volatility useful in the production of acids?

Sulfuric acid because of its low volatility can be used to manufacture more volatile acids from their corresponding salts. How does volatility affect the production of acids? Isn't it that sulfuric ...