Questions tagged [mixtures]

Questions related to the physical combination of two or more substances on which the identities are retained and are mixed in the form of solutions, suspensions, and colloids.

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Why do impurities lower the melting point of an isolated substance?

It is known that impurities in a desired isolated product lower the melting point of the mixture, even if the impurities' melting point is much higher than the desired product. Why is that so?
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How does oobleck work?

Oobleck is basically a mixture of cornstarch and water. It has the interesting property of going hard when pressure is applied. For example, it feels like a liquid when you swirl your fingers through ...
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Is it possible for a compound to be soluble in a mixture of solvents but not the individual solvents?

Some weeks ago one of my friend needed to use turpentine. As a good but ignorant chemist on that point I did some research about it. I found (at the beginning) in the French wikipedia page of ...
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Can a stoichiometric mixture of oxygen and methane exist as a liquid at standard pressure and some (low) temperature?

This answer to the question Pre-mixing cryogenic fuels and using only one fuel tank written by a non-chemist (me) begins with: At STP: LOX's boiling point is 90.19 K Methane's freezing ...
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Un-denaturing industrial alcohol

I have a question regarding the denaturation of industrial ethanol with methanol to discourage its consumption. The boiling point of methanol is 64.7 °C, while the boiling point of ethanol is 78.37 °...
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Is enthalpy additive in mixing?

When mixing two fluids of different composition at constant pressure when no heat can escape, is the enthalpy additive? If not, how to compute the enthalpy of the mixture resulting from mixing two ...
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Is it possible to boil a liquid by just mixing many immiscible liquids together?

In open air, when vapour pressure reaches 1 atm, boiling takes place. I read that if we add two immiscible liquids together, the total vapour pressure of the 'mixture' is close to $p = p^*_A + p^*_b$,...
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Are all homogeneous mixtures just solutions?

Or can there be a homogeneous mixture that is not a solution?
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Why does the ink on my whiteboard move?

...or at least I thought so, when I saw that the ink that was on my whiteboard last night became really messed up the next day. The image below shows my whiteboard before (on the left) and after (on ...
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What is the carbon dioxide content of a soda can or bottle?

I sort of know how carbonated beverages are carbonated: a lot of $\ce{CO2}$ gets pushed into the liquid, and the container is sealed. There are at least two things I don't know. First, how much carbon ...
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How does dimethylsulfoxide serve as a cryoprotectant?

In cell culture, dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) is added to prevent the formation of ice crystals which may lyse the cells. Exactly how does dimethylsulfoxide act as a cryoprotectant?
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A quick method for separating liquids?

I'm looking for a way to take 3 separate liquids (liquids which function as paint -- they will all be different colors), put them together into a container, and then rapidly separate them back to ...
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Mixing two containers of each water and ethanol to varying degrees of purity

In the following question, the water/wine mixing problem was recast in chemical terms. However, partial molar volumes can make this a much more challenging problem than it appears on the surface. ...
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How to separate paracetamol and caffeine?

How do you separate paracetamol and caffeine using high-school laboratory equipment? I was thinking about using the fact that paracetamol has a lower melting point (169 °C) compared to caffeine (...
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Miscibility of Molten Metals

While reading about the size of atoms and ions of the Group 1 elements in the textbook "Concise Inorganic Chemistry" by JD Lee, I came across this line: The Li+ is much smaller than the other ions. ...
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Why does tea dissolve better when put in water rather than milk?

I sometimes drink tea with or without milk. What I have noticed is that when I dip the bag in water the tea spreads out evenly and I have a cup of tea in like 5 minutes. But when I do the same with ...
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Determining weight-percent methanol in water from specific gravity and temperature

The company I'm working with uses a fuel mixture of methanol and water. We use a hydrometer to measure specific gravity, in order to test the composition of fuel received from our suppliers. To ...
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What household substances could be distilled

I'm looking to experiment with distillation to have a basis for understanding the theory slightly better, and get a better feel for it. I'm hoping for some suggestions as to what I could try ...
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How to determine the vapor pressure of a glycerine and propylene glycol mixture?

I am looking to calculate the minimum heat needed to create vapor from a specific mixture. I have a mixture of 60 % $\ce{C3H8O3}$ (glycerine) and 40 % $\ce{C3H8O2} $ (propylene glycol, propane-1,2-...
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How Would A Vast Mixture (Like an Ocean) of Ammonia-Water Behave in Terms of Evaporation and Freezing?

First, I'll go ahead and say I'm not very versed in chemistry. My question comes from my interest in planetary-sciences, specifically the speculation that there are likely exoplanets and moons with ...
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Chemical potential of mixtures

I feel that there are very few textbooks that treat the chemical potential of mixtures in an understandable clear way, which is why I wanted to ask here about certain things. Although I do not have a ...
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Dry water using graphite

Dry water or "powdered water" is essentially a bunch of extremely small water droplets surrounded by $\ce{SiO2}$. Some time ago, I was messing around and mixed some powdered graphite with water. (The ...
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Density of non-ideal vapor mixtures

I'm looking for a reasonably accurate density of a mixture of two gases that act quite unlike ideal gases (generally steam and water-miscible solvents). We can get a first order estimate by taking a ...
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Reactions between enantiomers in a racemic mixture

As a follow up to this question I started thinking about another question. During racemization, enantiomers are mixed in a equal ratios to form an optically inactive mixture. What type of reactions ...
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How to determine a Reynolds number for mixture of 2 liquids

I'm experimenting with synthesis in microreactors and I'm using 2 reactants. I'd like to estimate the Reynolds number of the flow containing two miscible fluids. I have the values of their properties (...
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What is the solvent and what is the solute?

This question is and I am learning about mixtures, solutions, solutes, solvents, and other terms related to these words. I know that a solute is the substance being mixed with or dissolved into the ...
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Heat capacity of mixtures

After reading this recent question I was interested in how to calculate the specific heat capacity of a mixture based on the specific heat capacities of its components. According to this website the ...
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How to quantify amount of pigments in plant leaves?

Using thin-layer chromatography, it is possible to see what pigments plant leaves contain. For example, I can test whether there are chlorophyll a or b, carotenoids, or anthocyanins. What kind of ...
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Raoult's law: is the molar fraction the molar fraction in the entire system?

I have two physical chemistry textbooks, one by Atkins and one by Levine, which seem to differ in their notation used when describing Raoult's law. Atkins talks about the molar fraction term in ...
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Why water can't mix with oil or cooking oil?

Why water can't mix with oil or cooking oil (both saturated and unsaturated)?
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Why does Coca-Cola Zero Sugar Contain Sodium Despite no Sodium Ingredients?

According to the Coca-Cola website and every label I read, Coca-Cola Zero Sugar is a mixture of organic compounds: CARBONATED WATER (OC(OH)₂), CARAMEL COLOR (Various sugars), PHOSPHORIC ACID (H₃PO₄...
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Is there anything that doesn't mix with water OR oil?

It's well known that water and oil don't mix, and if you put them together, the oil will float on top of the water in a distinct layer. My understanding is that this is because water is polar due to ...
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Strictly speaking, is air homogeneous?

Why would air be considered homogeneous in its gaseous state (by Wikipedia and several other sources) even though its concentration keeps varying with time? A homogeneous fluid as i think of it is as ...
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Gold nanoparticles in a water/oil environment

I am currently investigating the assembly of gold nanoparticles in a mixture of water and oil. The thing is the following: If we have gold nanoparticles (35nm diameter) dispersed in water and we put ...
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Miscibility of Hexane and Ethanol (Anhydrous vs 96%)

In my lab, I mixed 8:2 (mass:mass) of Hexane:Ethanol (Hexane: 0 ppm of water content, ...
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Viscosity of two different solutions

Suppose that I have 10 kg of plastic/polymer that is non solvable in water. I then divide the plastic/polymer into two equal parts. Let us name the parts A and B in order to identify them. I then ...
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What is the molecular interpretation of Raoult's law?

I was reading about Raoult's law which states: It states that the partial vapour pressure of each component of an ideal mixture of liquids is equal to the vapour pressure of the pure component ...
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Titration to determine the amount of hydrogen peroxide

I have a mixture of sodium carbonate, sodium bicarbonate, ammonium carbonate, copper (II) sulfate, hydrogen peroxide, and sulfuric acid. I'm titrating potassium permanganate against this mixture to ...
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Total pressure in a chamber calculation

I have a chamber containing two different gases and a liquid which needs to be heated at a certain temperature to bring it to vapor state. I have worked out that we can calculate the total pressure ...
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What does my textbook mean by saying this about petroleum?

It reads: Petroleum consists of crude oil and natural gas and contains a mixture of up to 300 hydrocarbons, including sulfur and nitrogen compounds. It is formed over thousands of years from the ...
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Interpretation of miscibility curves

I stumbled across miscibility curves in the section Solubility of Liquids in Liquids (Organic Chemistry, by Wallwork and Grant) today. I'm not sure if my problem is with the way the content was laid ...
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Is this relation in case of a mixture of ideal gases valid?

I came across the following relation in a book (written as a fact, with no proof), for a mixture of ideal gases both at the same pressure and temperature. The final volume of the mixture of gases ...
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Which is the suitable process for ball milling?

Why do we mainly choose the wet ball milling process in spite of dry ball milling process? Both processes are used to make a homogeneous mixture of different compounds.
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How to Make Ferrofluid in a Bottle

I am trying to accomplish the very famous magnetic Ferrofluid in a bottle aka office desk toy. Before anyone suggest to buy online, I would like to make it myself and learn the whole process VS store ...
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Does adsorption occur between liquids?

While reading a paper in a field other than chemistry, the author mentions a phenomena that he labelled "adsorption" and describes it as follows: ...I am told (though I do not know which liquids ...
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Freeze distillation: Does efficiency depend on solubility?

I was surprised to learn that freeze distillation has the same inefficiencies as vapor distillation: Namely, that it is impossible to get two miscible fluids to fully separate in one "pass" of ...
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Liquid to solid when exposed to air

Is there a liquid mixture that will become a solid when exposed to air/oxygen. Preferably a spongy material that is difficult to tear.
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Is sand a mixture or a compound?

I was given an assignment to find out if sand is a mixture or a compound I'm sure it can't be an element. Considering the fact that a mixture contains two or more substances that are not chemically ...
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What is this equation for?

I have been given a formula on the topic of alloys and temperature, however am unsure specifically what this equation calculates. The equation is as follows: $xC_{1} + (1 - x) C_{2} = C_{3}$ I am ...
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Why do certain mixtures foam and others don't? How to predict if a mixture will yield a foam?

I recently acquainted myself with the skill of whipping a mixture of sugar, fresh brewed/ hydrated instant coffee into a pale, fluffy, stiff and stable foam. This, as some might know, is known as Café ...