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Questions tagged [phase]

An entity of a material system which is uniform in chemical composition and physical state. This tag should be applied to question regarding chemical and physical properties of phases, systems of phases and also phase transition processes.

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Interpreting from phase diagram whether O2 will float or sink

The normal melting and boiling points of $\ce{O2}$ are $\pu{-218 ^\circ C}$ and $\pu{-183 ^\circ C}$, respectively. Its triple point is at $\pu{-219 ^\circ C}$ and $\pu{1.14 Torr}$, and it's critical ...
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Can I supercool and solidify a liquid multiple times?

Let's say that I supercool a bottle of beer and then tap it so it freezes and solidifies. If I were to allow the frozen beer to melt completely, and then freeze the same bottle again, would it still ...
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Is supercriticality dependent on partial presssure, or total pressure?

Supercritical CO2 is commonly used as a solvent in organic chemistry (notably in industrial processes like decaffeination). I presume that in such cases, the CO2 is typically pure, or very close to it....
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Water cooling by evaporation

For many years of drinking water has been cooled in hot climates by evaporating it from the surfaces of canvas bags or porous clay pots. How many grams of water can be cooled from $\pu{35 ^\circ C}$ ...
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Lever rule confusion

At point a3, I know the ratio of the liquid phase to the solid phase, but I don't get the highlighted statement which says b3 gives the composition. I thought a3 already gave the composition? Do I ...
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Given this liquid-liquid phase diagram, is the green line the nitrobenzene-rich phase?

The temperature-composition diagram for hexane and nitrobenzene at 1atm. The region below the curve corresponds to the compositions and temperatures at which the liquids form two phases. The upper ...
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If hydrogen bonds are chemical bonds, and these bonds are broken when water changes phases, why doesn't this classify as a “chemical” change?

This is more of a terminology question. How are phase changes considered a physical property, not a chemical property when hydrogen bonds break. A chemical property can only be observed during a ...
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Why droplets of water and ethyl alcohol solution freeze weirdly? [closed]

I'm doing a project where I freeze water drops and solutions with water and ethyl alcohol. It's a phenomena where drops create a conical shape at the end of their freezing. But with ethyl drops, with ...
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What is the Difference between Menthol Crystal and Menthol Powder?

I want to buy menthol powder from a chemical supplier but he is selling menthol crystal at half price of menthol powder (he says manufacturing process is the difference) so I am really confused what ...
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Can the experimental mole fraction equal one?

I recently did an experiment on the temperature dependence of phase equilibrium acetone $\ce{C3H6O_{(l)}} \to \ce{C3H6O_{(g)}}$ I'm at the stage where I need to find the experimental mole fraction $\...
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Do all supercritical fluids dissolve the same substances?

In the case of regular fluids, polar solvents dissolve polar molecules and nonpolar solvents dissolve nonpolar molecules. Is there something analogous for supercritical fluids? In other words, does ...
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How does water evaporate completely when at room temperature?

If water evaporates at room temperature because a small percentage of the molecules have enough energy to escape into the air, then why does a kitchen counter with a small amount of water eventually ...
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What dynamical features allow for the existence of a liquid-liquid transition?

Recently it has been shown theoretically[1] and then experimentally[2] that a liquid-liquid transition (LLT) takes place in pure supercooled water. That is to say, two distinct liquid phases have a ...
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How much energy is needed to convert 20.0 grams of water at 15.0 degrees C to steam at 100.0 degrees C? [closed]

How much energy is needed to convert 20.0 grams of water at 15.0 degrees C to steam at 100.0 degrees C?
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What is the physical state of a single atom?

Can a single atom on its own be either a solid, liquid, or a gas? Or is it none of them?
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Effect of pressure on the freezing temperature of water

A few lines are written in a book by B.H. Mahan regarding the change in freezing point of water on changing the pressure. The vapor pressure of water at triple point of water is 4.579 mm. What ...
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Looking for a pressure phase diagram of selenium at large ranges of pressure and temperature

I'm doing undergraduate research and our group is having a lot of difficulty finding a comprehensive pressure phase diagram or phase table for selenium (including most known packing geometries that ...
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How does the state of iodine affect its HOMO–LUMO gap?

My teacher told me that the HOMO–LUMO gap in solid iodine is smaller than that in gaseous iodine. When I asked about the reason, he told me that it is due to higher interactions in solid iodine as ...
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Clarification of Kinetic Energy during Phase Change

This website states that: During a change of phase the temperature does not change, but the internal energy does. The internal energy is the sum of the kinetic energy of the molecules and the ...
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Does aqueous component contribute to the equilibrium constant?

Consider an equilibrium reaction with an aqueous solution $\ce{A(aq)}$ in equilibrium phase with gas: $$\ce{A(aq) + B(g) <=>[$K_\mathrm{eq}$] C(g)}$$ Would the equilibrium constant have aqueous ...
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Can anyone explain this condensation pattern?

What is the hair-like polymer that condenses on the caps of the plastic cell vial? Inside vial are cells in a mixture of FBS and DMSO. The vials were frozen slowly in a special isopropanol-filled ...
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Clausius–Clapeyron relation for states of water and vapor

I've seen many questions about this topic on this site, but I still have some issues trying to understand this aspect. Here's what I believe I understood looking at the phase diagram for a pure ...
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Why do gases need to be cooled to liquefy/solidify?

My book states: Gases do not liquify on compression only, although molecules come close to each other and Weak forces operate at a maximum. Why is it that we cannot just keep on compressing gas ...
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Harnessing phase separation to easily make Li film

I want to make a thin, smooth film of pure lithium in a glovebox. In general, I think that I can use a phase separation approach. I will heat a bath of mineral oil above Li's melting point, then ...
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Equilibrium involving water and solid component

$$\ce{A + B <=> C(s) + H2O(l)}$$ Why when $\ce{H2O}$ is liquid and $\ce{C}$ is solid, the equilibrium constant of the reaction is $$K_\mathrm{eq} = \frac{1}{[\ce{A}][\ce{B}]} \quad ?$$
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Dilution of whisky – the molecular perspective

Not a chemist. I'm trying to understand this abstract. In particular: We found that guaiacol is preferentially associated with ethanol, and, therefore, primarily found at the liquid-air interface ...
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Freezing point of oxygen-18 water

The freezing points of heavy water (3.8 °C) and tritiated water (4.49 °C) both seem to be well-known. I can't find anywhere that gives the freezing points of $\ce{H2^18O}$, $\ce{D2^18O}$, or $\ce{T2^...
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Anhydrous ammonia vapor-liquid equilibrium

I have been given a anhydrous ammonia vapor liquid system in an air-tight container where the pressure is 30 bar and the temperature is 30 degrees. They claim the system is in equilibrium, which I ...
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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 cheap, safe liquid that evaporates EXOthermically around room temperature?

The heating and AC system in the building where I occasionally work, works like this (basically a thermostat): The administrators set some temperature that is maintained automatically. Say, in the ...
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How to calculate the latent heat when there is a boiling temperature range?

I have a DME (dimethyl ether)- methanol - water mixture with the mol fraction composition: DME 0.4295, methanol 0.1353, water 0.4351. This mixture has a boiling temperature range: dew point 141.6 °C ...
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Reforging tungsten/tungsten carbide temperatures

I was wondering about the reforging of tungsten and the temperature needed. As I understand it, tungsten melts at $\pu{3442 ^\circ C}$ and tungsten carbide at $\pu{2870 ^\circ C}$. However, once a ...
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Assigning labels and answering questions using given DSC graph

I'm currently working through past exam papers in preparation for my upcoming Inorganic Chemistry exam and I got to this question. We really haven't looked at DSC graphs, so I'm not completely sure ...
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A glass of water with ice-cubes in it. Where's the water the coldest; at the top or bottom?

Suppose that I fill a glass with ice water. As the ice melts, it cools the water around it. Given that cold water is denser than hot water, I would presume that the cold water would sink to the ...
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Does simmering sparkling water change/decrease its mineral composition significantly?

I know that heating sparkling water will cause it to lose $\ce{CO2}$. Does this have any other effects on the water that remains, such as reducing its mineral content? I understand when non-...
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Can I pour a solution into another vessel with no air bubbles?

I have been trying to create a method to create a homogeneous agar solution. What are appropriate techniques to ensure homogeneous solidification of an agar-based aqueous solution? The new solution ...
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What are the boiling points of DMSO-water concentrations?

What are the boiling points of DMSO-water concentrations with respect to wt% DMSO? I have found extensive information on the freezing point change of wt% DMSO but nothing regarding boiling.
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Graph between PV & P, Boyle's Law and its interpretation

My text book says: At higher constant temperature, the volume increase and value of product PV should increase due to increase of volume at same pressure, but PV remains constant at this new ...
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How to measure chemical potential

I wonder if there is a way to measure the chemical potential of a substance in a two-component mixture and also to account for its dependence on the number of moles. Explaining it further, suppose ...
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What are appropriate techniques to ensure homogeneous solidification of an agar-based aqueous solution?

I am making a T1 weighted phantom for an MRI project. I'm trying to see if I can calculate how much a persons head heats up during an MRI scan. It consists of distilled boiling water, $\pu{7 g/L}$ ...
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Literature values for NaCl Eutectic - Calculating the eutectic

For the NaCl eutectic I've seen two values widely used: 23.3wt% NaCl - James G. Speight: Lange's Handbook of Chemistry 2017) 5.1 M NaCl (Marion + Kargel 2008 - Cold Aqueous Planetary Geochemistry ...
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How do phase transfer catalysts bring anions to organic phase?

Many anions are quite stable in the aqueous phase, but not so much in organic solvents where its necessary to perform some reaction (usually nucleophilic substitutions). I have heard that crown ethers ...
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Why is the melting point of a substance is the same as its freezing point? [closed]

Melting point = Freezing Point Why is the melting point of a substance is the same as its freezing point?
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Why is ice less dense than water?

I know the traditional explanation, which says that ice has large spaces between $\ce{H2O}$ molecules because hydrogen-bonding gives it an open structure. But what does the open structure have to do ...
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If A reacts with B (aq), does that mean it is soluble in it?

For example, ethanol is soluble in water, but doesn't react with it. On the other hand, H2SO4 is said to be soluble because it dissociates (reacts) in water. Would ethanol be soluble in HCl (aq)? It ...
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What type of catalyst would this be?

We were discussing types of catalysts, homogeneous and heterogeneous. Our question is: If you have two reactants, one reagent is aqueous and the other is a gas, and the catalyst is aqueous, what type ...
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I'm looking for a phase diagram for cyclohexane [duplicate]

Looking for a phase diagram for cyclohexane. Was interested in the pressure and temp values for its triple point. thanks in advance
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What is melting? Which bonds do we break to melt something?

To melt diamond, we have to break the covalent bonds, which we can consider 'intermolecular' because it is one giant molecule. To melt Methane, we have to break the van der Waals (intermolecular) ...
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Proof of Dynamic Nature of Equilibrium

Here is how my textbook proves that dissolution of solid in liquid is dynamic in nature. It considers the example of a saturated solution of sugar. It says that, Though the solution is in ...
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Are allotropes of sulfur two different phases?

Monoclinic sulfur and rhombic sulfur are two allotropes of sulfur. In phase equilibria, part of the system that is having distinct boundary, mechanically separable and different chemical or physical ...