# 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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### Expansion work by a gas when pressure is not explicitly constant?

How is it possible to calculate the work done by a gas when pressure is not explicitly stated to be constant? The question states: Calculate $\Delta H$, $Q$, and $W$ when $1\ \mathrm{mol}$ of He ...
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### How to without calculations understand the liquid-liquid extraction efficiency?

I'm asking myself this question for a very long time and I haven't found a simple an good explanation yet for the fact that it's better (if you want to clean them) to wash your hands two times with ...
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### Does a molecule need to be placed symmetrically in the unit cell?

I was watching an OCW by MIT (3.091X) on solid state. My previous notion of lattice point and unit cell got shattered after this example. Where are the unit cell and lattice points in this picture? ...
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### Why do different gases have the same molar volume?

Molar volume: The molar volume, symbol $V_\mathrm m$ is the volume occupied by one mole of a substance (chemical element or chemical compound) at a given temperature and pressure. At S.T.P ...
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### should charge balance be based on activities?

We have a fluid with $\pu{0.01 M}~\ce{HCl}$ and $\pu{0.02 M}~\ce{K2HPO4}$, so if we assume activity coefficients are $1$ throughout we can find pH as $6.800012$ and confirm that at that pH there is ...
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### Maximum Concentration of Benzene possible

A question for my PhysOrg course states: Assume you are performing a reaction in which benzene is a reagent. What is the maximum concentration of benzene possible? Hint: what facts do you need to ...
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### Why do the 4f and 5d orbitals have similar energies?

I've come to know this phenomena when learning about the exceptions to the aufbau principle. But there is no explanation of why 4f and 5d have similar energies (as I've read in some websites).
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### PCl3 vs SCl2 boiling point

Why does sulfur dichloride have a lower boiling point than phosphorus trichloride? Is it to do with the higher number of electrons causing stronger id-id interactions in PCl3, or do we need to compare ...
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### How many equal Xe–O bond length are present in (XeO_6)-3? [closed]

I tried to solve this problem by drawing a structure but the structure did not give me any answer and I was not able to draw the proper structure please help me out.
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### Rate of a reaction [duplicate]

We know that the rate of a reaction $\ce{aA + bB -> cC + dD}$, the rate of the forward reaction is given by $r_\mathrm f = k_\mathrm f[\ce A]^p[\ce B]^q$ where $a\neq p$ and $b\neq q$ according ...
Mole fraction of ethanol in a solution with water is $0.040$. What will be the molarity of ethanol in water? Density of water can be assumed to be $1\ \mathrm{g/mL}$. This is how I tackled the ...