Questions tagged [notation]

A system of written symbols used to represent qualities or quantities, elements or molecules, or formulas in general. Usually a notation follows a convention or a guideline, often published by IUPAC-IUPAP. This tag should be used for questions regarding the proper use of a notation or misleading or uncommon notation in the scientific literature. Do not confuse this tag with the [nomenclature] or [terminology] tags.

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From time to time, I come by to see what people do with my mhchem package. Here, I came across a notation that I did not know yet: $\ce{K2O-nSiO2-xH2O}$ and $\ce{K2O - 3.2SiO2 - 2.7H2O}$ What is this?...
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Is it correct to use the symbols (l) and (g) in every reaction?

I know that this question might sound stupid to most of the people, but for a chemist noob like me is not very clear. So, here's the main question: Is it appropriate to use the symbols (l) for ...
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Is there a particular name for a Hill formula or sum formula omitting hydrogen?

Often, single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis determines the non-H atoms first, and eventually puts hydrogen atoms "as riding" on idealized positions in respect to heavier atoms (e.g., C, O, N), ...
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Platt's Notation/Nomenclature for transitions

How do you read Platt's Notation / Nomenclature? Where can I learn this? Some examples where I've seen this mentioned: In Platt's notation the transitions are designated as $\ce{A -> B}$ and $\ce{...
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What are the essential arrows for entering chemical equations in text?

I'm the author of a custom chemistry keyboard on iOS. I am looking at improving the selection of Unicode arrows I can provide. When the device is a phone in portrait mode, I don't have a lot of extra ...
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Side chain formation in polymerisation of ethylene

I am having difficulty understanding (or at least need confirmation of my understanding) of this diagram regarding the formation of sidechains of polyethylene. If someone could explain it, that would ...
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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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Multiplicity letter codes for large amount of states

Well, let's say we have a large amount of states computed (e.g. over 50), all with the same multiplicity. So, our ground state can be $X^2\Sigma^+_g$ and we can continue with $B^2, C^2$ etc. as ...
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State symbol for electron

Is it correct to write a state symbol of "g" or "l" for an electron? In the textbook I am currently reading, the state symbol "g" was used for the electron when it described the electron gain by a ...
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Is there a standardized way to assign a label to the symbol of a chemical element (in a published work)?

When referring to a particular atom, both in text and when using a graphical representation, several conventions are being applied. In the field of crystallography an arabic numeral either follows ...
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Formating chemical equations for proteins binding in multiple configurations

I am working on problems involving protein-protein binding, particularly ones in which two proteins may bind in two or more configurations, and where some of the resultant structures may also bind ...
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Various meanings of Ka, Kb etc

A little while back, I introduced the feature to mhchem to properly format $K$ constant variables, like $\ce{Ka}$ rendering as $K_\mathrm{a}$, ...
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What do γ (gamma) and λ (lambda) mean in organic chemistry?

From the Wikipedia entry on Cyhalothrin: Pyrethroids such as cyhalothrin are often preferred as an active ingredient in agricultural insecticides because they are more cost-effective and longer acting ...
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Drawing bonds and delocalised electrons in condensed formulae

The $\LaTeX$ mhchem package provides commands for drawing bonds within condensed chemical formulae. Some of them have a clear allocation to covalent bonds while others have not. Single, double, and ...
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Are Alloy Compositions Given in Weight Percent or Atom Percent

Often times I see alloys described like this, Lockalloy is an alloy that consists of 62% beryllium and 38% aluminum Are the precentages mentioned here in weight percent or atom percent? Is there a ...
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When writing the net ionic equation, if one of the products ionizes, what is the most appropriate way to account for this in the answer?

Take these two practice problems and their solutions from Ebbing (8th ed) that involve completing the molecular equation, then writing the net ionic equation: 4.42a: $\ce{Ca(OH)2(aq) + 2H2SO4(aq) ->...
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Writing water as a reactant in acid/base dissociation (Brønsted Lowry)?

The dissociation of $\ce{HCl}$ in water is written as: $$\ce{HCl (aq) -> H+ (aq) + Cl- (aq)} \tag{1}$$ Sometimes we also include $\ce{H2O}$ as a reactant to stress the fact that the protons are not ...
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What is the correct electron dot notation of carbon?

My book says that the dot notation for Lewis structure of carbon has 2 possible ways: two dots on the right, one on the top, one on the left one dot on all four sides Why are both of these correct? ...