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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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Why does eutectic point have three phases, but consolute point have only two phases?

At eutectic point, there are three phases: solid A, solid B and homogenous liquid phase containing both A and B. But at consolute point, we are told it has 2 phases: liquid A and liquid B. Why isn'...
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Why when deriving the Clapeyron equation can you assume that dH = dq, as surely the pressure is not constant?

Part of the Clapeyron equation involves replacing $\Delta S$ with $\Delta H/T$. I can see the step from $\Delta S$ to $\Delta q/T$ but I'm not sure why you can replace $\Delta q$ with $\Delta H$. From ...
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How is a phase equilibrium defined for a one-component system?

A question on this site asked whether a one-component system is at equilibrium when melting or boiling, and the disparate answers were somewhat dependent on the definition of phase equilibrium. ...
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melting and boiling ...really equilibrium? [closed]

Why are melting and boiling considered equilibrium processes even though the amount (concentration) of both phases keep changing i.e from solid to liquid and so on?
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Cases when Raoult's law is unsolvable

Setup Consider a closed binary mixture of known total molar composition $n_i$, held at volume $V$ and temperature $T$. The equilibrium phase composition is determined by $\mu_i^{vap} = \mu_i^{liq}$. ...
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Vapor pressure vs. ambient pressure

I've managed to get myself thoroughly confused in thinking about the vapor pressure of a substance at a particular temperature $T$, and how it relates to the pressure of the substance if it is in a ...
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Is oxygen above the critical point always supercritical fluid? Would it still appear to roughly follow the ideal gas law?

In this answer I've asserted (without a "Chemist's license") that as long as oxygen is above it's critical point in both temperature (154.5 K) and pressure (50.4 bar) it's going to be a supercritical ...
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How does solidification occur? [closed]

What does it mean that "When vapor pressure of solid is greater than liquid, there is a net conversion from solid to liquid". What exactly occurs in the process of solidification of liquids?
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Why do phase changes occur? [closed]

So I was doing a Gizmo for my Science class and I came across this question: "Why do phase changes occur?" I could not find anything about it in my resources. Does anybody here know the answer?
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How to find the Cp, difference of Cp and heat of fusion from the dependence of vapor pressure on temperature?

The vapor pressure of zinc varies with temperature as $$\log P(\pu{mm Hg}) = -6850/T - 0.755\log T + 11.24 \label{eqn:1}\tag{1}$$ and that of liquid zinc as $$\log P(\pu{mm Hg}) = -6620/T - 1.255\log ...
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How to I find the equilibrium temperature in this problem?

From Castellan's Physical Chemistry, chapter 12 [1, p. 276]: 12.18 At $\pu{25 °C}$ we have for rhombic sulfur: $ΔG_\mathrm{f}^\circ = 0,$ $ΔS^\circ = \pu{31.88 ± 0.17 J K-1 mol-1};$ and for ...
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What happens when a super-critical fluid is compressed?

Suppose that I have some substance with a critical temperature of 20°C. That means above that temperature, the substance exists neither as a gas nor a liquid, but instead as a super-critical fluid. ...
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Why are the phase diagrams showing $G_s$ and $G_l$ situated so close on one end and then widens up at the other extremes? [closed]

With reference to the phase diagrams drawn in b and d why are the Gibbs phase lines coming closer from being so further apart?
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What is the degree of freedom of the calcium carbonate dissociation reaction?

Question $\ce{CaCO3}$ dissociated in a closed system according to the reaction: $$\ce{CaCO3(s) -> CaO(s) + CO2(g)}$$ Assuming the reaction is in thermodynamic equilibrium, what is/are the degree(s)...
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How to prove it mathematically that either rhombic or the monoclinic sulfur is denser?

For the transition, rhombic sulfur → monoclinic sulfur, the value of $ΔS$ is positive. The transition temperature increases with increase in pressure. Which is denser, the rhombic or the monoclinic ...
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Diffusion between phases based on chemical potential

How is the concept of diagram(b) different from that of (e) and (d) from (f)?Someone told me in one of my earlier posts (Why will A atoms diffuse from β phase to α phase and B atoms from α phase to β ...
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What is the reason for phase separation? [closed]

I have seen phase separation as a phenomenon taking place. However I do not understand why this phenomenon occurs as a counter example to the natural laws of diffusion along the concentration gradient....
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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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Phase Diagram-Fe-C, and TTT: Hardness Scale

So far I know that the Hardess scale of these materials is this: Martensite> Bainite> Perlite > Cementite> Ferrite Where is Austenite along this scale? I know that Cementite is harder than Austenite....
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What do the horizontal lines in a P-V phase diagram mean?

I have been studying phase diagrams of pure substances, and for a substance such as carbon dioxide for example, it's diagram looks something like this: The horizontal lines in the liquid phase puzzle ...
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What's the definition of multi phase materials? Does it mean the different phases represent different materials?

I'm from a CS background and just trying to understand the real meaning behind multi phase materials. Following is the experiment which drove me towards this question. With the help of DFT and ...
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Is it possible to have only liquid in a closed container?

I recently read an answer by Aman Rusia for this question: Is a liquid in a container always in equilibrium with its vapour? In it, they say that You can't have a container filled with only ...
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How are phase transition diagrams calculated?

How are diagrams such as above plotted? Since empirical studies are slightly off from the 'ideal', what is the source for the phase plots?
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Energy absorbed by a system in isothermic process in which the phase changes from liquid to gas

A system contains $x$ mole of material, with surface area $S$ is pressed by a mass $M_1$ (no fraction and no any other outer forces involves). Let $\Delta H_\mathrm{l\rightarrow g}$ be the transition ...
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Why does ordinary water have a triple point?

Triple points and triple lines for pure substances and mixtures My understanding is that pure substances can have triple points. But mixtures of substances have triple lines, i.e. there isn't a ...
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Freezing point of solution

It's stated in my textbook that at the freezing point, the vapour pressure of the solid phase equals the vapour pressure of the liquid phase. In a mixture, since the vapour pressure of the solution is ...
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Boiling point of liquids [closed]

If we can have liquid - vapour equilibrium at any temperature what is the 'point' behind boiling point.Boiling point is just a special case of liquid - vapour equilibrium where partial pressure equals ...
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Determine direction of mass transfer

For part a) I don't really know what to look at. Diffusion occurs from low to high concentrations so by looking at $t_1$ I would say that the direction of the mass transfer is from phase II (organic ...
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Predicting pressure inside a container based on temperature

I'm a mathematician and computer scientist, and for this particular problem I would benefit from some chemical expertise. Suppose I fill a container up with some liquid propane. I believe this is ...
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Which "exotic salt" can lower water's freezing point by 70 °C?

The Medium.com article Mars Phoenix Lander, 10 Years Later shows several remarkable images and discoveries on Mars by the Mars Phoenix Lander circa 2008. One image (shown below) shows what looks like ...
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When it rains, it puddles. Spilled salt cycles between wet and dry with humidity. Is this akin to a phase change?

I have some spilled un-iodized table salt (NaCl). It is very humid where I live, and when it gets very humid for a few days, the salt absorbs so much water that it becomes a puddle of (probably) ...
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How to calculate dew point of air-water system

I want to calculate the maximum water holding capacity of air at a given temperature (as in $\frac{max\ mass\ of\ water}{mass\ of\ dry\ air} $ vs temperature) I looked up online and there are ...
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What happens when para-water ice is suddenly melted?

Background (hydrogen) In the case of recently liquified hydrogen (which is quite cold of course) it must be re-equilibrated before loading on to a rocket as fuel to avoid a sudden exothermic ...
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Use a solid or liquid stationary phase in gas chromatography

In my textbook, they mention that the stationary phase used in gas chromatography is a solid, such as silica or an adsorbed high-boiling-point liquid. My question is that what is the advantage of ...
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Can amorphous polymers have a melting temperature as well as their glass transition transition temperature?

Above the Tg, amorphous polymers are described as viscous liquids. What then would they be likened to above their melting point, should they have one?
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Will evaporation from two immiscible liquids blow up a balloon?

Consider the following setup: Two immiscible liquids A and B are placed inside a balloon at a temperature where neither one of them boils. The inside of the balloon contains some argon, and the ...
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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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Eutectic Phase Diagram of Al-Si Analysis

Hello, How can I know from this phase diagram: 1. The composition of the alloy Al-Si that allows precipitation to occure? 2. The range of temperatures where the Al-Si is soluble? 3. The range of ...
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Question about liquid-phase in P-T Diagram

Currently, I have been learning about P-T diagrams and vapour pressure and I have a question that seems like it should have a simple explanation yet I am not able to understand it. Taking the P-T ...
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Is liquid water in equilibrium with water vapor at room temperature?

This question was inspired by Why does liquid water form when we exhale on a mirror?. This question is different from Why does water evaporate at room temperature? because it asks about whether an ...
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Why does liquid water form when we exhale on a mirror?

In the descriptions below, I always assume external pressure to be constant at 1 atm, the condition where daily observations are made. 1) When I exhale on a mirror, liquid water forms on the mirror. ...
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Is there any sort of correlation between melting point and the degrees of freedom for the molecules of a substance?

Suppose I had a solid whose molecules did not have rotational freedom. But if I were able to make it so that the molecules had rotational freedom ceteris paribus, is there a way to tell how the ...
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Reaction that will produce a silica coating (glaze)

The normal way to create a coating of pure silicon dioxide glaze is to coat the object to be glazed in a slurry of silica particles and then put it in a kiln. However, if I have an object that is too ...
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Chemical that won't freeze below melting point

I have an organic chemical (can't say due to an NDA) that has a nominal melting point of 28 °C. When I raise it above this temperature, it melts, but then it will stay a liquid indefinitely at lab ...
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Solubility of solids in liquids

How does crystallisation happen and why? I have been told that when a solid is dissolved in a liquid solvent, an equilibrium is set up between processes of dissolution and crystallisation. But if ...
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Freezing trend of water

In this experiment, I used a digital temperature probe to measure the freezing point of water and some other salt solutions. I was just wondering if there was any explanations for 1. The first ...
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Why does ice crack when a drink is poured on it?

I think most people have experienced this, but while pouring a beverage over ice I noticed the ice cracked. Before After My initial thought was that because the beverage has an antifreeze property ...
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Impact of Pressure on equilibrium of Tin allotropes

The pressure at the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean is $1090$ bar. What temperature will the two allotropes of tin be at equilibrium? Assume that the molar volume, energy, and ...
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Phase abbreviations for non-aqueous solutions

When writing a chemical equation, how do you indicate that a chemical is dissolved in a non-aqueous solvent? For example, it would be inappropriate to write X (aq) when X is dissolved in benzene, ...
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How does the process of nucleation work for boiling liquids?

I have a somewhat clear picture how (on the molecular level) a gas turns into a liquids as it cools. When a gas has a certain temperature, its molecules on average have a high enough kinetic energy so ...
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