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Questions tagged [physical-chemistry]

The study of chemical systems using the laws and concepts of physics. This usually requires the techniques of thermodynamics, statistical mechanics and quantum mechanics.

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What is the largest coupled cluster calculation that has ever been done (as of March 2019)? [on hold]

I am doing some research and trying to make sure the numbers I am reporting are accurate. I found that this paper says: "We were, however, able to complete a CCSDT(Q)/cc-pVTZ calculation on ...
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JEE Main Question - Find the Partial Pressure of Ammonia at equilibrium [on hold]

Consider the reaction, N2(g) + 3H2(g) ⇌ 2NH3(g) The equilibrium constant of the above reaction is Kp . If pure ammonia is left to dissociate, the partial pressure of ammonia at equilibrium is given ...
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CO2 IR extinction coefficients near the 15 micrometer band

I have searched multiple times for a spectrum or a table of the gaseous carbon dioxide Lambert-Beer extinction coefficients in the IR Earth thermal region. All I found was absorption spectra. Is ...
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Composition of gases in water using Henry’s law constants

The air is a mixture of a number of gases. The major components are oxygen and nitrogen with approximate proportion of $20\%$ is to $79\%$ by volume at $\pu{298 K}$. The water is in equilibrium with ...
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Energy of photons of given frequency and number

I’m having trouble with calculating the energy of $\pu{5.00e10}$ photons of frequency $\pu{1.00e9 s-1}$. I know that to calculate the energy $E = hf$ is to be used. However, I am unaware as to what ...
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Why does the degree of dissociation change when we dilute a weak acid even though the equilibrium constant $K$ is constant?

$K$ represents the ratio of concentrations of molecules in a solution at equilibrium, which means that $Q_\mathrm{r}$ (that ratio at any given point) looks to be identical to $K$. In other words, the ...
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What is the maximum number of emission lines when the excited electron of a H atom in n = 6 drops to ground state?

When an electron in a higher energy state jumps to a lower energy state in Bohr’s model of hydrogen atom, it emits a photon which has energy equal to the difference in the energy between the final and ...
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Overall enthalpy balance on a mixing process

Let's say I have a mixing process involving $\ce{A}$ and $\ce{B}$ at temperatures $T_\ce{A}$ and $T_\ce{B}$, respectively. The $\ce{AB}$ mix is at temperature $T_p$. Our $ΔH_\mathrm{mix}$ is defined ...
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Feasibility and Entropy

Suppose you've got some reaction that has a positive $\Delta H$, and also has positive $\Delta S_\mathrm{sys}$. Due to the equation $$\Delta S_\mathrm{tot} = \Delta S_\mathrm{sys} - \frac{\Delta H}{T}$...
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Can a fully ionized nucleus participate in any sort of chemical reaction [on hold]

If an element get fully ionized can it participate in any sort of chemical reaction?? Like H+ ion is also a bare nucleus and it react with other atoms normally. Can any other element's bare nucleus do ...
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if a balloon full of warm air was placed in a refrigerator, what is the result? [on hold]

If a balloon full of warm air was placed in a refrigerator, What will happen to the Ballon ?
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What is a good source for large tables on the properties of water?

I'm currently doing an investigation for school on finding the Clausius-Clapeyron relation/gradient for boiling water and comparing it to the gradients along my line of best fit. It is given by the ...
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Could someone help me with the chemistry question? [closed]

When black, solid copper (II) oxide is allowed to react with molecules of hydrogen gas, atoms of solid copper metal are formed alone with water. Symbolize the chemical changes by writing and balancing ...
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Minimizing energy of a molecule

I am minimizing energy of butane on the CHARMM Force Field and I am confused on how to go about getting a uniform unit for each different PE as in the potential energy for bond, angle, torsion, VDW, ...
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How to calculate the cell potential after the reaction has operated long enough for the Fe2+ to have changed by some concentration?

Consider the cell described below at $\pu{261 K}$: $$\ce{Fe | Fe^2+ (\pu{0.925 M}) || Cd^2+ (\pu{0.981 M}) | Cd}$$ Given $E^\circ_\ce{Cd^2+ -> Cd} = \pu{-0.403 V}$, $E^\circ_\ce{Fe^2+ -&...
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Physical chemistry problem- thermodynamics [closed]

Calcium chloride is soluble in water according to the reaction: $$ \ce{CaCl2-> Ca^2+ + 2Cl-}$$ assuming that no heat transferred to the surroundings, calculate the change in temperature when 12....
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Polyprotic Acid Titrations

Titrating a mixture of strong and weak acids will yield endpoints such that the volume of base required to reach each endpoint will be different for each acid, e.g. in a mixture of HCl and CH3COOH, ...
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Determining the reduction potential of a half cell reaction at a given pH

$E^\circ_\ce{Cu^2+|Cu} = \pu{0.34 V}$. What will be reduction potential at $\mathrm{pH} = 14$ for the same couple? Given that $K_\mathrm{sp}$ of $\ce{Cu(OH)2}$ is $10^{-19}$. My Attempt I think ...
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What are the steps to making a soluble salt? Please help i have a test tomorrow that's 80% of my grade! [closed]

Complete the method of preparing dry crystals of the soluble salt cobalt (II) chloride-6-water from the insoluble base cobalt (II) carbonate. The method involves 4 steps. Step 1: Add an excess of ...
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AP Chem Question about Reaction Rate - Confused?

I found this question in the AP Chem book, and I understand why B is the answer (as the answer key says). However, I don't understand why D is not also correct. The question is: A multistep reaction ...
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Determination of rate constant and activation energy [closed]

I was trying to determine the rate constant of saponification the reaction at two different temperatures by conductivity measurements.
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Would the presence of salt additives and impurities be of greater concern in measuring CMC by absorbance, fluorescence or conductivity?? [closed]

In measuring critical micelle concentration using absorbance fluorescence or conductivity, which one is most affected by the presence of salt additives? Why is that?
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Cobalt electroplating over nickel-plated steel

From my research, I understand that cobalt can be used on top of a nickel layer to improve durability of the nickel plating on a steel object. I am using a nickel anode and nickel acetate as ...
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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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Why do reactions happen at all? [closed]

What makes some atoms/compounds reactive and some noble? What is the fundamental truth behind a reaction? It seems that two species can undergo number of combination to give a compound. Say Sodium and ...
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Shortcut method to find atomic term symbols ignoring the spin orbit coupling

Is there any shortcut method by which we can find the atomic term symbols ignoring the spin-orbit coupling, i.e. ignoring the values of J. For instance, when writing the d-d transitions for any ...
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Helmholtz double layer

I don't quite understand what is meant by the Helmholtz double layer. Textbooks states something along the lines of: the colloidal particles attain charge by selective adsorption, due to this it ...
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Why does the colour of gold sol change with particle size? [duplicate]

Regarding the colour of gold sol, my book says Finest gold sol is red in colour; as the size of particles increases, it appears purple, then blue and finally golden. This is the image I found on ...
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The respective speed of five molecules are 2, 1.5, 1.6, 1.6 and 1.2 km/s. The most probable speed in km/s will be?

The respective speed of five molecules are 2, 1.5, 1.6, 1.6 and 1.2 km/s. The most probable speed in km/s will be? 1. 2 2. 1.58 3. 1.6 4. 1.31 I think the answer should be 1.6 km/h but the ...
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Determination of pKb of a mono acidic base

$20$ mL of a weak monoacidic base($\text{BOH}$) requires $12$ mL of $0.3$ M $\text{HCl}$ solution for the equivalence point. During titration, the pH of the base solution was $10$ upon the addition of ...
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How do salt additives and impurities affect a critical micelle concentration?

So I understand that a CMC typically decreases as more salt additives are added. What I am not clear on is how exactly. The head groups are charged in this example (one anionic and one cationic) so ...
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Relation between electron gain enthalpy and electron affinity

The correct relation between electron gain enthalpy $(Δ_\mathrm{eg}H)$ and electron affinity $A_\mathrm{e}$ at any temperature '$T$' is A) $Δ_\mathrm{eg}H = -A_\mathrm{e} - \frac{5}{2}RT$ B) ...
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Lagrange Multipliers for the derivation of Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution

When deriving the MB-Distribution while taking the number of quantum states $g_j$ into account, the final equation I'd have to solve would be: $$\ln(g_j)-\ln(n_j)+\alpha+\beta\cdot E_j=0$$ Where $n_j$ ...
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Why is the rate of reaction calculated as d[A]/dt?

For example, for a simple chemical reaction like $$\ce{A -> C}$$ the rate of the reaction could be calculated as the rate of appearance of $\ce{C}$ or the disappearance of $\ce{A}$, which makes ...
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How to determine steady state of multi-step reaction with both reversible and irreversible steps?

I am trying to determine the relative concentrations of $\ce{U1}$, $\ce{U2}$, and $\ce{E}$ when the following reaction is at steady state. Note that $k_t$ is the zero order rate constant of new $\ce{...
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What is the velocity of de Broglie wave?

Here is my calculation: note: $ν$ – frequency, $V$ – velocity of wave, $v'$– velocity of object. $$ \begin{align} λ &= h/mv' \tag{1}\\ mc^2/h &= ν \tag{2}\\ λν &= V \quad \text{(wave ...
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What are the effects of salt additives and impurities on the CMC? [closed]

I understand what a critical micelle concentration (CMC) is, however I do not know why or how impurities or salt additives affect it when measured in specific ways. Any help is much appreciated. So ...
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Linear Combination of Atomic Orbitals

In Atkins Physical Chemistry 10th edition in chapter number 10B it is given that within the Born-Oppenheimer approximation, the Schrödinger equation can be solved for the molecular species $\ce{H2+}$ ...
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XAS spectroscopy - Differences in magnitude of 2p SOC and 3d SOC?

Within L-edge x-ray absorption spectroscopy, the spin-orbit coupling within the 2p shell results in the splitting of the L edge into L3 and L2 edges.As given in the following paper http://dx.doi.org/...
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Subscript on Orbitals [closed]

What do the subscripts on the orbitals (such as px, py, pzetc) mean and how can one derive these or at least gain a fundamental understanding of each? Do they describe the geometry of the shape? And ...
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Why proton concentration is divided by 10⁻⁷?

I am reviewing the book Biochemistry Concepts and Connections by Appling, Cahill, and Mathews and I cannot understand why they divide by the hydrogen concentration by $10^{-7}$. Why not just leave it ...
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Why is the Maxwell–Boltzmann formula inapplicable at low temperatures?

This Wikipedia article states that at sufficiently low temperatures (or high pressure), quantum effects lead to a breakdown of Maxwell–Boltzmann statistics. I know that the spacing of energy levels ...
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Why we should concern with A∞?

To determine the order of one reactant at pseudo concentration of another reactant the plot of $\ln(A_t - A_∞)$ versus $t$ is used. $A_t$ is absorbance of the intermediate at time $t$. $A_∞$ is ...
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Defining the partial pressure equilibrium concentration

First off, I am not a chemist. I'm an engineer with an interest in thermodynamics for engine simulation for the basis of emissions. So if I have asked something stupid, this will be why. So I am ...
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Requesting clarification on specific gravity [closed]

I am unclear why the ratio of molecular weights will yield the specific gravity of a substance relative to the standard substance (usually air or water at a specific T and P). I always took specific ...
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Denominator in rate law?

What the possible rate laws are for the decomposition of nitramide by the following process: $$ \begin{align} \ce{O2NNH2(aq) &<=>[$k_1$][$k_{-1}$] O2NNH-(aq) + H+(aq)} &\quad &\...
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What is a good resource for learning about the intermolecular bonding in water beyond high school? [closed]

I'm writing a paper for school on boiling water at various temperatures and pressures, but only noting cases wherein high temperatures were achieved without boiling under low pressure (metastable ...
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Solving a quadratic of for pressure of real gas with unknown volume

I had this question on my test: Calculate the pressure exerted (in atm) by 1 mole of $\ce{CH4}$ gas at a temperature of $\dfrac{24}{0.0821}$ K if volume occupied by $\ce{CH4}$ molecules ...
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Determining reaction order in equilibrium reactions [closed]

Am hoping that someone can help me with the below question, and that I am asking in the right place. Am new here, so please forgive any missteps. Given a reaction like this: $$\ce{A + B <=> C +...
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How does refrigerator actually work?

In refrigerator, heat energy got extracted from cold sink and dumped into hot source. This is not spontaneous so work must be done. I came across the following while reading a textbook: For ...