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 actually happens when 'energy is released'?

Thermodynamics classes and equations always discuss a chemical reaction in the form of energy being released or absorbed. This is always hand-waved as just 'energy' from the surroundings. What's ...
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Exact definition of n-factor [duplicate]

I have been studying about the n-factor of different kinds of compounds(acids, bases, salt, etc) in many different reactions. However, even after much research on the internet, I can't find the exact ...
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Two different answers obtained by balancing this chemical equation!! Somehow [duplicate]

This is the concerned equation: $\ce{ XeF4 + H2O -> Xe + XeO3 + HF + O2}$ This can be balanced as $\ce{6 XeF4 + 12 H2O -> 4 Xe + 2 XeO3 + 24HF + 3 O2}$ or $\ce{5 XeF4 + 10H2O ->3 Xe + ...
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Understanding “Gay-Lussac's law of Gaseous volumes/combining volumes”

Understanding "Gay-Lussac's law of Gaseous volumes/combining volumes". So I was reading Wikipedia and stumble across this. It defines it as follows "The ratio between the volumes of the reactant gases ...
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Henry law and equilibrium

Is Henry's law a consequence of the equilibrium between a substance S in aqueous phase and the same substance S in gaseous phase? What I mean is, is it correct to treat Henry law as a manipulation of ...
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Le Chatelier's Principle Having No Effect

Consider the following equilibrium system: $$\ce{2 IBr(g) <=> I2(g) + Br2(g)}$$ Would a decrease in the volume of the system effect the equilibrium? I think it would not affect the ...
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Thermodynamics: ΔU = Q + W or U = Q?

Heat is the total kinetic energy of all atoms of the system. When work is done on the system it means that a part of system kinetic energy is used to do the work, and this work makes the surrounding ...
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Find ratio of quantities of water and of argon in airtight container

I am working on my EJU exam past papers (2013) and got stuck at this question. Knowledge of high school or first year university chemistry is assumed. I honestly do not know where I should start. ...
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Implication of negative order on kinetics

In the reaction $$\ce{2 O3 -> 3 O2}$$ the order of reaction that I have been taught is $$\ce{O_3 \underset{$k_{-1}$}{\overset{$k_{1}$}{<=>}} O_2 + O}$$ $$\ce{O_3 + O \overset{$k_{2}$}{->...
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Calculating ΔG at the extremes of reaction extent

This question follows on from a great post on comparing $\Delta_\mathrm{r} G^{\circ}$ to $\Delta_\mathrm{r} G$ answered here The G vs ξ graph that is used in the answer is an excellent tool to ...
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Help reading a phase diagram? [closed]

How does the y axis work? If the pressure I am looking for is 10^‐4 to 10^‐3 nbar? I tried doing log of the yaxis but its giving me numbers that are not even close to what I am looking for.
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Changes in entropy and Gibbs free energy for sublimation at triple point [closed]

The standard enthalpy of sublimation of dry ice (solid carbon dioxide) is $\Delta H=6.03\ \mathrm{kJ/mol}$. The triple point of $\ce{CO2}$ is at $p=5.1\ \mathrm{atm}$, $T=-56.7\ \mathrm{^\circ C}$. I ...
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Why is the entropy of solidifying solution higher than that of a pure solvent?

According to a source, Solutions have a greater entropy than pure liquids as the particles in a solution are more separated and solvent molecules separate the solute particles. If the number of ...
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Surface chemistry [closed]

Why doesn't the process of chemisorption form multimolecular layers whereas he physisorption with lesser force of attraction between molecules form multimolecular layer?
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How can I find the emf of a cell given the individual reduction and oxidation reactions and their respective potentials? [duplicate]

If I am given the individual oxidation and reduction half-equations, how can I find the emf of the combination? For example: $$ \begin{align} E^\circ(\ce{Fe^3+}/\ce{Fe^2+}) &= \pu{0.77 V}\\ E^\...
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Why does internal rotation of ethane give an energy spectrum asymptotically approaching a rotation based on $\nu=1$ rather than $\nu=0$?

I'm a physicist with very little knowledge of chemistry. Recently a chem colleague left a molecular model in my classroom, so I brought it back to her, and as I was walking down the hall with it, a ...
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Gibbs free energy of activation and activation energy [duplicate]

What the difference between Gibbs free energy of activation and activation energy
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In a galvanic cell, why do electrons move through the wire from zinc to copper?

I understand that there is aqueous $\ce{Cu^2+}$ in this scenario which pulls on the electrons from the zinc causing the electrons to move through the wire, but how does the electronegativity of $\ce{...
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Gibbs energy at a certain temperature

For the reaction $$\ce{1/2 N2(g) + 3/2 H2(g) -> NH3(g)}$$ $ΔG$ at $\pu{298.15 K}$ is $\pu{-3980 cal},$ and the change in enthalpy is given by the expression: $$ΔH = -9.19 - 7.12T + 3....
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Is a hydrogen molecule smaller than hydrogen atom?

Recently I came across a textbook of physical chemistry which stated the following: In the formation of a stable hydrogen molecule, two hydrogen atoms share a pair of electrons between them and two ...
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What are the primary, secondary and tertiary physicochemical properties of ionic liquids?

In the following sentence ..the ability to modulate the individual components presents an advantageous framework for tuning secondary and tertiary physicochemical characteristics without ...
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Reason Behind Decrease In Potential Energy [closed]

Atoms combine to gain stability. They gain stability when they lose energy. In my book, it's given that the potential energy of the system is reduced during chemical combination. But I am eager to ...
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Is temperature double-counted in the Gibbs free energy equation?

Complete amateur here. When looking at one form of the equation deriving the change in Gibbs free energy for a given chemical reaction, the terms change in enthalpy, and the negative product of ...
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What will be the form of coulomb and exchange operators for electron m in an n-electron molecule?

I know that the Fock operator for electron $m$ in $n$-electron molecule would be: $$\hat{f}\!(m)u_i(m) = \varepsilon_iu_i(m)$$ $$\hat{f}\!(m) \equiv -\frac 1 2 ∇_m^2 - \sum_α\frac{Z_α}{r_{ma}} + \...
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Can anyone help me with this question on vibrational modes of free base porphyrin (C20H14N4)?

4 a. The structure of free-base porphyrin $(\ce{H2P}$, chemical formula: $\ce{C20H14N4})$ is shown below. Given that this molecule belongs to the $D_\mathrm{2h}$ point group (character table given ...
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Given solubility of sodium carbonate, find mass of hydrate sodium carbonate dissolved?

I am working on a problem from my scholarship exam practice (MEXT). I am not quite sure if I got it right. The question was provided with multiple choices (a) to (f) below: The solubility of sodium ...
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Reaction Mechanism with a Rate Determining Step

Just a quick question on how to deal with multiple intermediaries in a proposed reaction mechanism. Here is the overall reaction: $$\ce{I-(aq) + OCl-(aq) -> IO-(aq) + Cl-(aq)}$$ Here is the ...
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Solubility in different pressure conditions

I am working on my scholarship exam practice. I believe this exam assumes high school + first year university knowledge. And I'm not quite sure what I did wrong. Could you please have a look? The ...
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What is the difference between radii of Gyration and hydrodynamic radii of a polymer? [closed]

Why do you consider that the relationship between RH and RG should depend on the quality of the solvent?
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First order reaction

I am little bit confuse about relating the half life time period of a first order reaction something like $$\ce{2A -> B + C}$$ Here the rate of reaction will be half of the rate at which $\ce{A}$ ...
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What kind of chemical reaction happens when combining Tahini and Date syrup?

While both Tahini and Date syrup are quite thin, when mixed together they form a paste-like substance that is very delicious, and quite thick. But what kind of chemical reaction leads to such sudden ...
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Steric factor is greater than one will the collision frequency determined by the arrhenius equation be greater or less than the experimental value? [closed]

In a bimolecular reaction the steric factor p was experimentally determined to be 4.5 Experimentally determined value of frequency factor is higher than that predicted by Arrhenius equation ...
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In a weak acid-strong base titration why is [H+] no longer equal to [A-] after addition of the base? (A2 level chemistry)

I understand that before any base is added $\ce{[H+]}$ is equal to $\ce{[A-]}$ but why is $\ce{[H+]}$ no longer equal to $\ce{[A-]}$ when the strong base is added? If all the following reactions ...
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Why do we use external pressure when calculating work done by gas? [duplicate]

For irreversible expansion and compression, why is dw= -pextdV but not dw= -pdV ? Many of the texts and related questions on this site I encountered give a same general idea: because work done= ...
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Entropy and total differential

In an exercise, I have derived that $$\mathrm dS_\mathrm{m} = \frac{3R}{2T}\mathrm dT + \frac{R}{V}\mathrm dV$$ using the 1st and 2nd law of thermodynamics (1 mol ideal gas). Now, I want to write $\...
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How do you calculate the correct charge on F after F2 dissociates?

When you ionize $\ce{F2}$ to $\ce{F2^5+}$, it quickly dissociates. Experiments show that the products of dissociation are $\ce{F^2+}$ and $\ce{F^3+}$. I have tried to model the dissociation of $\ce{...
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Calculating the ph of an unknown solution by measuring the precipitate [closed]

You have an unknown metal hydroxide, but no meters or indicators. You have lead (II) nitrate, which is soluble in it, and lead (II) hydroxide that is insoluble in it. You take one liter of the unknown ...
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Relation between ΔH and ΔE for the reaction in gaseous phase at constant temperature and pressure

Which of the following statements is correct for the reaction at constant temperature and pressure: $$\ce{CO(g) + \frac{1}{2}O_2(g) -> CO2(g)}$$ $\Delta H = \Delta E$ $\Delta H > \...
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Why is a LCAO necessary within Hartree Fock?

As I understand it, the electronic Schrödinger equation cannot be solved for polyelectronic systems. To circumvent this problem in the Hartree-Fock method, it is assumed that the polyelectronic ...
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Negative Voltage for Full Redox Reaction?

I have a question about voltages including redox reactions. I know that half equations may have negative voltages when choosing what is undergoing reduction, and what is undergoing oxidation in a ...
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Comparing strength of the C-H, N-H, and O-H bonds

$$ \begin{align} \ce{CH4(g) + Cl(g) &-> CH3(g) + HCl(g)} &\quad ΔH^\circ &= \pu{-14 kJ mol-1}_\mathrm{rxn}\\ \ce{NH4(g) + Cl(g) &-> NH2(g) + HCl(g)} &\quad ΔH^\circ &= \...
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Calculating pH of weak base and strong acid: Why is K(a) not required?

Question: 35mL of 1.5M $\ce{HCN}$, a weak acid(K(a)= $6.2*10^{-10}$) is mixed with 25mL of 2.5M $\ce{KOH}$. Calculate the pH of final solution. The solution given in my textbook is as follows:- $\ce{...
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How does energy and speed affect sub-atomic particles (protons, neutrons, electrons) in an electric field [closed]

(Source: https://gyazo.com/a4d5beed3272a7ca793dd8e2f7e8be3c) I am having trouble understanding the problem above. Why does it matter if the particles are held at constant energy or speed? How does ...
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SN1, SN2 and enantiomeric excess

When (R)-2-bromobutane is heated with water, the $\mathrm{S_N1}$ substitution proceeds twice as fast as $\mathrm{S_N2}$. Calculate the appropriate enantiomeric excess and the specific rotation of the ...
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Electrolytes are ionic compounds that conduct electricity [closed]

Electrolytes are ionic compounds that conduct electricity, or the flow of charged particles, when dissolved in water. This occurs via the separated ions acting as those charged particles, or charge ...
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Which of the following options are correct? [closed]

The equilibrium constant $K$ for the reaction $\ce{2HI <=> H2 + I2}$ at room temperature is $2.85$ and at $\pu{698 K}$ is $0.014$. This implies that: a) $\ce{HI}$ is exothermic compound b)...
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Rate of cathodic reaction vs Tafel slope

One of my reference engineering books says that for the cathodic protection process (in seawater): Al $\rightarrow$ Al$^{3+}$ + $3e^-$ (anode, setting the protection potential at about -900 mV SCE) ...
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Saturation dissolved oxygen level at pressure

The saturation level of dissolved oxygen in contact with a moist atmosphere is $$c = 0.21(p_\mathrm{atm} - p_\mathrm{vap}) K_\mathrm{H} M$$ where the $p_\mathrm{atm}$ and $p_\mathrm{vap}$ are the ...
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Negative Molar Specific Heat of a Gas

It is known that the specific heat of a gas is process dependent. So it must be theoretically possible to have a negative value for a gas according to the following equation (for polytropic process, $...
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Why different Asbestos types are hydrophobic and hydrophilic

I was doing research into the structure of asbestos to see that white asbestos chrysotile is hydrophilic where as both brown and blue asbestos is hydrophobic. Could you please explain why this is?