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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 does the metallic bond between the atoms become weaker down the group 1 elements? [closed]

Is it related to the electron arrangement of the elements?
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Solubility of Borax penta hydrate in water at various temperatures [closed]

Solubility of Borax penta-hydrate in water at various temperatures from 20 to 100 Deg. Centigrade?
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Explain hydrolysis of nitrogen trichloride [closed]

Why vacant d orbital is necessary for hydrolysis of $\ce{NCl3}?$ What do those arrows on this image mean? What does the arrow pointing from N- bond to Cl mean?
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Boiling nitric acid and gold plating

I was watching a YouTube video "Home Brew Gold Plating" by Cody'sLab and had a few questions. In the video to dissolve the gold first he creates a mixture of $\ce{HCl}$ and $\ce{HNO3}$ (aqua regia). ...
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Bond Length Comparison in $\ce{PF4Cl}$ and $\ce{PF3Cl2}$ [duplicate]

What would be the comparison between $\ce{P-F}$ and $\ce{P-Cl}$ bond length in phosphorus tetrafluoride chloride $\ce{PF4Cl}$ and phosphorus trifluoride dichloride $\ce{PF3Cl2}$ in the equitorial ...
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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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Exact weights for a chemical reaction og Silver and Nitric Acid [closed]

I'm an amateur analog photographer and want to react Nitric Acid (62%) and silver to Silver nitrate. Silver nitrate is the basis for almost all black and white photography. I'm trying to figure out ...
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Bond energy in hydrogen [closed]

Why is hydrogen-hydrogen bond the strongest of all single bonded compounds? The bond energy principle here is based on the stability of atom after bonding, so even other atoms, when they combine with ...
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Reaction of sulphur with calcium carbonate

Can sulphur react with calcium carbonate to form sulphur trioxide and calcium carbide, as the energy of 3(S=O) is greater than ((C=O) +2(C-O))? EDIT: i forgot to say that this is in an oxygen-free ...
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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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Formal Charge in Coordinate covalent bonds [closed]

I am in an honors chemistry course right now and I would like to know the formal charges of the atoms in CO, my confusion is that because the bond is partially coordinate covalent, are the bonded ...
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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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Hydrogen peroxide and glycerol combination

Is the mixing of store-grade hydrogen peroxide 3% and glycerol in the ratio of 1:2 (V/V) at room temperature affecting the decomposition rate of hydrogen peroxide?
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Thermal stability order of NaF, MgF2 and AlF3

I came up with a question to arrange thermal stability order of $\ce{NaF}$, $\ce{MgF2}$ and $\ce{AlF3}$ and I think the answer is $\ce{NaF>MgF2>AlF3}$ because $\ce{Na+}$ has largest ionic radius ...
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Why does ionisation energy to remove electrons from the same subshell increases? [closed]

Electrons in the same subshell possesses the same energy. So why does ionisation energy to remove electrons from the same subshell increases? For example, $\mathrm{2s^2}$ has two electrons. Since ...
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Stability of Arsenic Pentafluoride [closed]

How is the above mentioned compound stable enough to occur naturally? Also, I've read that it's a covalent compound with a Trigonal Bipyramidal Structure. The Arsenic atom is $sp^3d$ hybridized. ...
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What gas is released when heating sulphuric acid? [duplicate]

I'm doing a chemistry project and am really unsure about the gas released when heating sulphuric acid.
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How to identify whether a metal carbonate is basic or not? [closed]

Magnesium carbonate is basic, but why isn't lithium carbonate also basic? And how does one determine whether a carbonate is basic or not?
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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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What is the entropy of Cu(NO3)2?

I have searched for the entropy of copper nitrate in various tables across the internet* and all I could find was its Hf. Ullmann also didn't give an any better clue. If it was not measured and ...
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Help understanding the equation for Spin Energy in Zero Field

I’m working with a system that experiences spin frustration and for me this is the first time dealing with such a phenomenon. To grasp the concept, I’ve decided to go to the basics and read the ...
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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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Does hydrogen peroxide in basic medium only give oxygen gas on oxidation?

Does hydrogen peroxide on oxidation gives oxygen gas only in basic medium? I thought that was true but I read about these reaction of $\ce{H2O2}$ in acidic medium: $$\ce{2MnO4- + 6H+ + 5H2O2 -> ...
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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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Difference in bonding between water and hydroxides [duplicate]

As we know, water is a covalently bonded molecule. However, the hydroxides - such as sodium hydroxide - are ionic compounds. Both of these are similar, although the difference between both is a sodium ...
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Slaked lime: Why does calcium hydroxide have to be used in conjunction with sodium hydroxide? Why can't it be used alone? [closed]

To absorb carbon dioxide. I haven't been able to find an answer to the above anywhere.
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Electron Affinity negative? [duplicate]

Why is electron affinity negative? An electron carries energy so if we had an electron doesnt that mean we add energy? Please describe in a non-PhD lingo that a first semester chem student can ...
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Reaction between aluminum oxide and SO3 in anhydrous environment

I am aware of amphoteric properties of aluminum oxide and that it can react with both strong acids and bases. I was recently asked a question whether amphoteric properties allow for reaction with ...
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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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Why is the repulsion between lone pairs and bonded pairs stronger than the repulsion between the bonding pairs and the bonding pairs? [duplicate]

My book says "The reason for this difference is that the electron pair in a bond is further from the nucleus of the central atom than the electron pair in a lone pair." I don't get it , how does the ...
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Lab Methods for Determination of Phosphoric Acid Concentration

Dear stack exchange, For my next lab session we have been tasked to come up with two different methods for determining the concentration of an unknown sample of phosphoric acid. Design at least ...
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Balancing other atoms in a redox reaction using half reaction method

I have this balanced redox reaction: $$\ce{2H2O + 8Al + 3NaNO3 + 5NaOH -> 3NH3 + 8NaAlO2}$$ I think its unbalanced form should be (I guess water added to balanced it) $$\ce{Al + NaNO3 + NaOH -> ...
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Half-Filled Shells and Stability explanation [duplicate]

I am reading a book about Advanced Chemistry, and it is discussing the subject of half-filled orbitals. The book notes that Chromium has an electron structure of $1s^2 2s^2 2p^63s^23p^63d^54s^1$ ...
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making sulfuric acid from pyrite

I recently found a place with an insane amount of pyrite (we are talking about tons) already smashed into smaller pieces, and I'm wondering if there is any way of converting it into sulfuric acid. I'...
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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 does Sulfur have 12 valence electrons in the Sulfate ion? [duplicate]

So I am completely and utterly confused about why sulfur has 12 valence electrons. I understand in it's configuration, it has 2 electrons for the 3s subshell, and 4 electrons from its 3p subshell, and ...
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Stability order of Cr2+ ,Mn2+ , Fe2+ ,Co2+ [closed]

Stability order is given as $\ce{Mn^2+ > Fe^2+ > Cr^2+> Co^2+}$ Of course I know that $\ce{Mn^2+}$ is the most stable form as it has half filled degenerate orbitals. But my query is ...
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Molecular Geometry [duplicate]

Why is it that for a molecule with trigonal bipyramidal geometry, the lone pair is located in the equatorial region whereas for a molecular with an octahedral geometry, the lone pair is located in the ...
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Is it possible to calculate the Kc for an irreversible reaction? [closed]

Is it possible to calculate the Kc for an irreversible reaction? For instance, can we Calculate the $K_c$ for: $$\ce{NaCl + AgNO3 -> NaNO3 + AgCl}$$
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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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Confusion in n-factor calculation

How do we calculate the equivalent weight of a compound, in a case where certain fraction of an element of the compound is getting reduced, while the other fraction is unaffected (no change in ...