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 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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Why is the ROHF spin density of the propenyl radical not symmetric?

I was preparing some material for my students and in order to illustrate the concept of spin density and how the ROHF method gives a purer description of this property than the UHF method. I prepared ...
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Which solution has higher boiling point?

Between a 2% (w/v) aqueous solutions of $\ce{NaCl}$ and $\ce{RbCl}$, which will have a higher boiling point. Here there are two competing factors. First there's the fact that $\ce{NaCl}$ has a higher ...
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Determine surface area of heat exchange tube

A heat exchanger is used to cool down a stream of $\pu{20 kg s-1}$ of water from $\pu{80 °C}$ to $\pu{60 °C}$. The cooling water enters at a rate of $\pu{12 kg s-1}$ and $\ce{20 °C}$. The overall heat ...
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Why can't an electrochemical cell be a single cell? [duplicate]

If I put two electrodes of two different metals in 1 solution containing ions for both of the metals and connect these electrodes with a wire, do I still have an electrochemical cell ? Or does it have ...
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How could the ideal gas law be discovered from experiments on real gases?

The gas laws, namely Boyle's Law, Charles' Law, Avogadro's Law and Gay-Lussac's Law, are all experimental laws. Combining these laws, we get the ideal gas law $pV=nRT$. Also, "real life" gases do not ...
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3D printing of alumina

I want to print a structure of alumina, and the 3D printer that I am using is an extrusion-based printer. So I need your help in knowing that what composition (binders and deflocculant) of alumina ...
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How to apply the Principal of Atom Conservation (POAC) [closed]

27.6 g $\ce{K2CO3}$ was treated by a series of reagents so as to convert all of its carbon to $\ce{K2Zn3(Fe(CN)6)2}$. Calculate the weight of the product. I am asking here is that, why we are ...
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What does x mean in (1-x)A – xB composite materials, molar ratio, weight ratio or volume fraction?

I've been collecting data about ceramic materials and often I get to see composite materials are described as $(1-x)\ce{A} - x\ce{B}$. I am confused what this $x$ means. And I haven't seen any of the ...
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Existence of single ion activities

I have used Davies equation to find what I believed was single ion activities and multiplied them on concentrations to define the thermodynamic dissociation constants for any kind of buffer to find ...
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How to calculate the volume or mass of carbon dioxide gas absorbed by a calcium hydroxide solution?

Carbon dioxide reacts with calcium hydroxide as shown by the equation: $$\ce{Ca(OH)2 (aq) + CO2 (g) -> CaCO3 (s) + H2O (l)}$$ A solution containing $\pu{0.1 mol}$ of calcium hydroxide reacts ...
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Concept of enthalpy at a given temperature

In thermodynamics, we always quote a fixed temperature, whenever we mention enthalpy of a reaction. For instance, one can determine the enthalpy of combustion of methane at 25 °C. Now almost all ...
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I left a bottle of water in the fridge for the past three months. I took it out today. There was a block of ice in it. How?

How is this even possible? I know my fridge is not freezing items. The bottle was sitting at the back and I totally forgot about it. I went to empty it and heard a clank and noticed there was ice in ...
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How to determine if a mixing process is spontaneous at constant temperature but variable pressure

This is a conceptual question. Many times we work with the gibbs energy of mixing under conditions of constant temperature but not pressure. In a problem like this: Suppose that 2.0 mol H2 at 2.0 ...
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What happens when chemical equilibrium is restored after being disturbed?

I'm aware that, according to Le Chatelier's principle, a reaction will shift its equilibrium position in order to counteract the disturbance at equilibrium. However, I don't know what that means after ...
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Formulas for the number of spectral lines

While reading through Narendra Avasthi's Problems in Physical Chemistry, I came across two formulas on p. 64 (Scanned page): When electrons de-excite from higher energy level ($n_2$) to lower ...
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Identifying orbital given electron probability density plot

Being a high-school student, I only have a qualitative understanding of the wave mechanical model of atom. Below are my inferences regarding the plot shown in the above picture: The concerned ...
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Hydrogen vs neon in terms of entropy

I know that both molecular size and complexity increase overall entropy, but between the two I'm not sure which increases it more. Would 1 mole of hydrogen have the greater entropy because it is two ...
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Volume of air required to oxidize glucose

In the body, the oxidation of glucose is according to the reaction: $$\ce{C6H12O6 + 6 O2 -> 6 CO2 + 6 H2O}$$ Knowing that glucose consumption is $\pu{2.47 mol/d}$, What is the volume of ...
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How are octet-rule models supported by thermodynamics and quantum theory? [closed]

I understand that the four quantum numbers dictate how many electrons can "fit in a shell," but I don't understand how gaining a full octet is particularly energetically favorable. The example of ...
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why does our milk split? [duplicate]

We have a bottle of milk that is half gone. It is not sour. If I pour hot water onto instant coffee, and then top up with this milk, the milk splits into a grainy solid. If I repeat the process but ...
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How to calculate the standard Gibbs energy at equilibrium?

Given that $K_c = 1.7 \times 10^{-13}$, calculate $\Delta G^{\circ}$ for this equilibrium mixture at $\pu{298 K}$. $$\ce{N2O (g) + \frac{1}{2}O2 (g) <=> 2 NO (g)}$$ I've calculated:  \...
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What is the difference between ΔfH and H-H° in NIST–JANAF tables?

Can someone explain the difference between $Δ_\mathrm{f}H$ and $H-H^\circ$ in NIST–JANAF tables?
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What's causing this dip in the FCS curve?

This is a fluorescence correlation spectroscopy measurement of light harvesting complexes. What could be causing the dip at 100 microseconds? Edit: The same thing was observed using fluorescence ...
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Can a substance be extracted from solution by adding another substance with a higher solubility?

Suppose that I have a substance X dissolved in water. I then add a substance Y to the solution. Substance Y has a higher solubility in water than substance X, and more than enough of substance Y is ...
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What would be a stable way to hold lithium hydride powder?

I currently have 100 grams of lithium hydride powder that needs to be held in a solid form. Initially, I was considering using cement, however, the moisture require converts the lithium hydride to ...
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What are the possible magnetic quantum numbers of silver? [closed]

What are all the possible quantum numbers ml and ms of the electrons in the outermost s orbital of silver? I'm new to this concept. Can anyone walk me through this?
A $20\ \mathrm l$ steel cylinder containing $\ce{N2(g)}$ at $20\ \mathrm{atm}$ and $300\ \mathrm K$ is kept in a big jar containing air at $1\ \mathrm{atm}$ and $300\ \mathrm K$ and sealed. $\ce{N2(g)}... 1answer 42 views Quantum Chemistry [closed] How to find the degeneracy of a given state in quantum mechanics? What is the formula? 2answers 979 views What is the real pKa of water? What is the$\text{p}K_\text{a}$of water? A simple google search yields the value$15.74$, but this site and this paper say it's$14.0$. According to my understanding, the correct answer should be$...
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 ...