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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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Why is vapour pressure not dependent on shape and size of the container?

In my textbook, it's written that vapour pressure of a liquid does not depend on shape and size of a container but won't a container that provides less surface area to the liquid will have lower ...
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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/...
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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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Does CO2 form carbonic acid in the atmosphere?

Since when $\ce{CO2}$ goes into water it makes carbonic acid, then what happens when it rains? Some of the $\ce{CO2}$ in the air joins the rain drop as it falls and while the rain drop falls and ...
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Using molecular orbital for determining leaving group trend and nucleophilicity

Here is the question. Which one has better leaving group, cyclohexanol or cyclohexane that has $\ce{OH_{2}^{+}}$ substituent? Explain. I know the answer is the latter because if both compounds are ...
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What does “orthorhombic” actually mean?

I'm trying to understand what it means for a molecule to have orthorhombic symmetry. According to Di Lauro's "Rotational Structure in Molecular Infrared Spectra," a molecule is orthorhombic if the ...
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Separate less volatile component from distilling a mixture [closed]

Is it a strict rule that when we boil a mixture of two liquids, with one being less volatile than the other, the more volatile vapour has to form the greater portion of the total vapours? If it is so,...
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Psi4 gradient calculation with complete basis set? [closed]

I'm trying to set up a gradient calculation for psi4. In my input.dat file, I have tried the following keywords: set basis cc-pVTZ gradient('CCSD(T)') which is ...
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Obtaining conformational energy from Newman projections in first place

In this source, the conformational energy from Newman projections is obtained. Is there a formula or quantum chemistry approach to obtain the values in first place (pretend that I don't know the ...
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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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Equivalent mass in case of disproportionation reaction

I came across a question where the equivalent mass of hypophosphorus acid is to be found in the given reaction: $$\ce{2H3\overset{+1}{P}O2 -> H3\overset{+5}{P}O4 + \overset{-3}{P}H3}$$ If $M$ is ...
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Number of states of phase space of a particle under Heisenberg certainty

In classical mechanics, the state of a motion can be determined by its position r and momentum p. One-dimensional motion of a particle that can be described by a trajectory in the plane that has $x$ ...
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Collision that governs kinetic model of gas [closed]

From Atkins' Physical Chemistry 10th, it states that The kinetic model is based on three assumptions: The gas consists of molecules of mass $m$ in ceaseless random motion obeying the laws ...
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Bond Dissociation Energy in Water [duplicate]

Why do the bond dissociation energies of the O−H bonds in water differ? Is it related to an increase in lone pair-bond pair repulsions upon the breaking of the first O−H bond (decrease in stability, ...
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Units of the rate constant for reactions whose order is greater than 1

In many textbooks, it is written that: The value of rate constant depends on the nature of the reactants, temperature and catalyst. It is independent of the concentration of the reactants. However,...
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What is the the total heat extracted in the process? [closed]

Since this is a cyclic process:- Change in internal energy=0. In the process C-A the work done W is zero, thus the heat Q is zero since it is an isochoric process. Next in the process A-B, I got the ...
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Electron Spin, and the Stern-Gerlach Experiment

I think I understand the basics of the electron spin. However, I'm trying to figure out how to tell if, when shooting a beam of atoms (the Stern-Gerlach experiment), how to tell if an element will ...
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Why is the iron inter-system crossing non-negligible at high temperatures?

Inter-system crossing (ISC) is a radiationless process involving forbidden transitions between singlet and triplet state. These are more common with heavy atom molecules, so I understand that ISC is ...
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Dipole moment of water using the definition [closed]

In many Chemistry books, the dipole moment of molecules is calculated through algebraic formulas. However, another definition of the dipole moment is $$\vec{\mu} = \sum_i q_i \, \vec{r}_i$$ So, how ...
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Doubt in the word infinite dilution [closed]

At times I find the concentrations being expressed as weight percentage. However I do not understand why molarity is not chosen. Secondly, which close reference to the problem that I have been facing ...
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What are the effects of radio waves on matter?

Different regions of the electromagnetic spectrum interact differently with matter: Microwave radiation can induce molecular rotation. Infrared radiation can induce molecular vibration. Visible and ...
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The concept of normal coordinates of a molecule

Sometime ago I had posted the What is the origin of "normal" in normal coordinates and normal modes? in math & sci history problems. Nobody was sure for the reason for using the word normal there -...
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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 ...
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Identifying endothermic and exothermic reaction [closed]

How can I know that a given reaction is endothermic or exothermic? I know that all combustion reactions are exothermic. But what about other reactions? In my school exam I was asked about whether the ...
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Why has nature evolved to put a porphyrin (i.e. chlorophyll) as the chromophore in a leaf? [closed]

I'm stumped by this question: Why has nature evolved to put a porphyrin (i.e. chlorophyll) as the chromophore in a leaf? I've thought that it might have something to do with how sun emits light ...
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Calculating thermodynamic quantities for hydrogenation of iron nitride

HW#6.3 If the reaction $$\ce{Fe2N(s) + 3/2 H2(g) <=> 2 Fe(s) + NH3(g)}$$ comes to an equilibrium at a total pressure of $\pu{1 bar},$ analysis of the gas shows that at $\pu{700 K}$ ...
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Why can't calorimetry be used to measure fast reactions?

As my previous post was a bit unclear and unspecific, I am reformulating it. First of all this is a question that I had while reading some concepts my book introduces, so this isn't a homework ...
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How to calculate the standard Gibbs free energy of formation of bromine vapor at room temperature?

The normal boiling point of liquid bromine is $\pu{58.2 ^\circ C}$. At $\pu{9.3 ^\circ C}$ the equilibrium vapor pressure of liquid bromine is $\pu{100 torr}$. From this data, calculate the standard ...
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What is the physical meaning of the statements like “weight percentage of FeO in Fe”? [closed]

I have always had the notion of calculating weight percentage of Fe in FeO. It always seems that we are to calculate at times the weight percentage of FeO in Fe.Particularly when one weight percentage ...
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What is the largest known zero-point energy for a molecule?

I was surprised to find out that the zero-point energy (ZPE) for the ground state of $\ce{BH3}$ is a few thousand $\pu{cm-1}$, because for molecules I usually work with, it's much smaller. Does anyone ...
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Terminology of atomic spectroscopy: Difference Among Term, States and Level

In A Primer on Quantum Numbers and Spectroscopic Notation Contents, the concept of a term and level is described as a) The level is the set of 2J+1 states with specific values of L, S, and J. ...
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Why does the weaker C–H bond have a higher wavenumber than the C=O bond?

My understanding is that a stronger bond has a higher wavenumber in IR spectrum. But why does the C–H vibration have a higher wavenumber than the C=O vibration? The latter is a double bond, so I think ...
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Interference between 2 electrons [closed]

If 2 electrons undergo destructive interference (as they show wave nature) will they disappear or will they have no wave nature left?
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What is the biggest known difference between rₑ and r₀?

What is the biggest known difference between $r_e$ and $r_0$? Where $r_0$ is the average bond length of the lowest vibrational state, and $r_e$ is the location where the potential is lowest. For a ...
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Does the activation energy depend upon the stoichiometric coefficient?

For the decomposition of $\ce{N2O5(g)}$ it is given that $$ \begin{align} \ce{2 N2O5(g) &→ 4 NO2(g) + O2(g)} &\quad\text{activation energy} &= E_\mathrm{a}\\ \ce{N2O5(g) &→ 2 NO2(...
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Why is molar mass of a substance and atomic mass number usually the same?

I recognize what atomic mass represent and what molar mass represents by why is it that a substances molar mass and it’s atomic mass are usually the same number Ex: chlorine has an atomic mass of 35....
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Who came up with the box and arrow diagrams for electron configurations?

In general chemistry texts, the electron configurations are sometimes shown in boxes with up and down arrows to show the concept of paired spins. My impression for years was that Hund used such ...
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How can a neutral atom attract electrons when it's supposed to have zero charge?

A neutral atom is an atom with an equal number of protons and electrons We know the force of attraction between the proton and electron is equal and assuming that: one proton's positive charge ...
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Calculation of equilibrium constant in a gaseous system A ⇌ B + C

I am supposed to determine whether the following two statements are true or false: For the reaction $\ce{A (g) <=> B (g) + C(g)}$, $K_p = \pu{1 atm}$. If we start with equal moles of all ...
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Electrolytic cell - Potentials

I'm an electronic engineer student and I'm trying to understand the basics of electrolytic cells and practical values' meaning. Based on my figure and electrode potencial values (Vce, Vre and Vwe), ...
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Finding the isotherm with given minima

Get the temperature of the isotherm for water for which the local minimum is at $\pu{100 Pa}.$ Use the values of $a$ and $b$ of water. My approach In the van der Waals equation, set $$\frac{\...
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Numerical simulation and calculations of pH

a. Reaction of $\ce{CO2}$ addition in water is as follows: $\ce{CO2}$ + $\ce{H2O}$ $\ce{->}$ $\ce{H2CO3}$ b. Then, pH of $\ce{H2CO3}$ solution is increased to 12 by addition of 1M $\ce{NaOH}$. ...
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Measuring change in concentration of hydrogen peroxide

I am conducting an experiment to find the rate constant of the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide, $\ce{H2O2}.$ For this, I was planning on using the integrated rate law: $$\ln(\text{final ...
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How to calculate the relationship between the pressures of zinc, carbon monoxide, and carbon dioxide based on mole balance?

Zinc oxide is reduced at a constant temperature in a closed reactor using $\ce{ZnO(s)}$ and $\ce{C(s)}$ as the only starting materials. The following reactions are assumed to be at thermodynamic ...
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Calculating ionic strength and pH of a buffer solution [closed]

Im trying to calculate ion strength and pH of solution. Components of the solution: 47 ul of 1000 pmol DNA in Elution Buffer (10 mM Tris-HCl pH 8.5) was bound to 3 ul of 10 µM YoYo1 (flourescent dye) ...
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Lattice Energy of MX2 type

While finding the solution to the question that which among BaO and BaCl2 has hi that is energy I found that it was BaO whose lattice energy is high and there were explaining it just with charges. So ...
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Is the equation dG = Vdp − SdT valid only for a reversible process? Can it be applied for an irreversible one too?

In the derivation, we write: $$ \begin{align} G &= H - TS &\quad&\to&\quad \mathrm dG &= \mathrm dH - T\,\mathrm dS - S\,\mathrm dT \\ H &= U + pV &\quad&\to&\quad ...
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Why does a NOx container get cold when NOx is released? and What is the relationship of the vapor pressure curve with the liquid-vapor dome?

The temperature at which $\ce{NO_x}$ is in equilibrium with its liquid and vapor phase at 1 atm is about –84 °C. Does that mean $\ce{NO_x}$ exists as a liquid at that temperature? What about it's ...
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Is the density of solute same as the density of solution? [closed]

This problem came up while solving some problems on mass percentage and mole concept. Essentially, our teacher said that the $w/w\%$ and the $v/v\%$ for a given solution will be the same, because in ...
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However what is so acidic about CaO and basic(no pun intended) about SiO2 while calculating basicity of slag?

I have seen Basicity to be calculated as $\mathrm{B} = wt\%\:\ce{CaO}/wt\%\:\ce{SiO2}$ particularly in slag bascity/acidity calcuations. Now I do not think that $\ce{CaO}$ is the most basic oxide that ...