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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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Calculating bond dissociation enthalpy of F-F bond

$$\ce{N2 + 3 F2 -> 2 NF3} \quad ΔH = \pu{-263 kJ mol-1}$$ The bond dissociation enthalpies of the nitrogen triple bond and nitrogen–flourine bond are $\pu{946 kJ mol-1}$ and $\pu{272 kJ mol-1}....
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Why is the y intercept of a G vs X curve treated as chemical potential?

Whenever I am to prove the fact that the $y$ intercept to the $G$ vs $X$ curve is basically my chemical potential, there are two equations that need to be assumed. One is $$G=\mu _{A}X_{A}+\mu _{B}X_{...
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Will mixing hydrogen and oxygen without a spark result in combustion? [duplicate]

I plan to do the electrolysis of dilute sulphuric acid. This will produce hydrogen gas and oxygen gas at the anodes. I do not plan to collect these gases, but to simply let it form and release into ...
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Zero-filling Fourier Transform in NMR [duplicate]

I understand zero-filling increases the resolution of an NMR signal in the frequency domain, but I fail to comprehend how. Why do the artifical points appear between the real points in the frequency ...
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What is the cause of decrease in volume of gaseous mixture in the following problem? [closed]

I am studying Gaseous State. The problem says: A mixture of gas contains $\ce{N2}$ and $\ce{C2H2}$. $\pu{20 \\mL}$ of this mixture is added to $\pu{70\\mL}$ of $\ce{O2}$ and combustion is allowed to ...
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What happens when two galvanic cells are placed in series

I understand how a single galvanic cell works, and the relation of equilibrium and the Nernst equation. But this appears to contradict the higher voltage in a series configuration because it ...
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What is the equation that describes the variation in concentration of an inhibitor in an heterogeneous catalysis?

I find myself in quite a pinch: I have to sustain a Chemical Physics exam, and I know for a fact that the professor often asks this particular question: Suppose that we have both a reacting species ...
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Why is the equilibrium constant unitless?

I read that the equilibrium constant is unitless because the molar activities of each of the species are used in the equilibrium expression, not the actual concentrations themselves. I understand that....
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How to explain Gibbs free energy is a pressure-dependent state function?

I'm aware that through deriving Gibbs free energy to infinitesimal changes, we could get the formula: $\mathrm dG = V\,\mathrm dp - S\,\mathrm dT$, giving that Gibbs free energy is pressure-dependent. ...
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Arrhenius equation using concentration

I've been conducting some experiments to determine the temperature dependence of a reaction. To do this, I've been conducting the experiments at different temperatures and generated a graph of $\ln{[\...
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Is there any book where specific heat capacities are given?

I want to find the value of the specific heat capacity of aluminium nitrate nonahydrate, in order to calculate mixing effects in a chemical reaction. I am looking for a source, such as a book or link ...
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Are there any gases that can not be turned into liquid, or liquids that can not be frozen solid?

My son points out that some solids can not be melted (because they combust, for example). He wonders if there are any liquids that can not be frozen, or gases that can not be liquified.
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Conductance of the mixture of two solutions with given resistance values [duplicate]

If $R_1$ and $R_2$ are the resistances of two solutions of equal volume what is the conductance of the mixture in the same conductivity cell? In general, I grasped neither the approach, nor the ...
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How to calculate the value of heat absorption/ heat release during water electrolysis?

The overall reactions with the enthalpies of water electrolysis at room temperature can be represented by the equation below: $$\ce{2H2O + \pu{237.2 kJ mol-1} + \pu{48.6 kJ mol-1} → 2 H2 + O2}$$ ...
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Exothermic: enthalpy or heat?

I am used to thinking of exothermic reactions as being defined as having negative $ΔH.$ However, I also am used to hearing/thinking of exothermic reactions as "releasing heat". Since change in ...
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Why does Freundlich adsorption isotherm not have a term for surface area?

Why does Freundlich adsorption isotherm not have a term for surface area? The formula given by Freundlich adsorption isotherm: $$ \frac{x}{m}= k P ^{1/n}$$ Where $x$ is the mass of gas adsorbed ...
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What drives vibrational cooling in an excited stated?

As we excite a molecule from its ground state, $S_{0,v=0}$, to some excited state in a higher vibrational state, i.e. $S_{1,v'=3}$, what drives vibrational cooling within that excited state manifold (...
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Why doesn't beryllium, an elemental solid, obey Dulong and Petit's law?

Beryllium has a molar heat capacity of $\pu{17.7 J mol-1 K-1},$ which is quite far from the $\pu{25 J mol-1 K-1}$ as predicted by Dulong and Petit's law. What is the reason for this discrepancy?
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Calculate change in entropy when both temperature and volume change

Calculate the change in entropy when $\pu{23.5 g}$ of oxygen gas is heated from $\pu{240 K}$ to $\pu{360 K}$ in such a way that its pressure increases from $\pu{2.00 kPa}$ to $\pu{8.00 kPa}.$ Assume ...
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Why is there a z² label for d orbitals, but no x² and y² labels with corresponding shapes?

I know that the $\mathrm{d}_{z^2}$ orbitals are named as a result from the conversion of the angular component of the hydrogen-like wave function in terms of Cartesian coordinates, but how come we ...
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Changing conditions of gaseous mixture

A gaseous mixture of $\ce{NO2}$ and $\ce{N2O4}$ is sealed in 4 identical vessels with movable pistons. When the conditions are modified as described in 1) to 4), in which condition does the molar ...
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Relation between activation energy and rate constant

Consider two types of reaction. One has more activation than other. If we increasing temperature by same amount in both, rate constant of which reaction will increase more? My attempt: as we know ...
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Entropy change in non-ideal solutions

We know that some solutions show positive deviations and some show negative deviation from Raoult's law.The former is endothermic and the latter is exothermic. And again, the volume change show ...
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Which of the following statements is true if HI is formed in the following reaction?

Which of the following statements is true if HI is formed in the following reaction? $$\ce{H2(g) + I2(g) -> 2HI(g)}$$ a. There are no collisions between the reactants in the reaction. ...
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Why electrons move to Cu in galvanic cells?

I'm student who learning about chemistry, and I got problem about understanding why electorns move to Cu in galvanic cells. Let's think the reason for electrons going to Cu is that the standard ...
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Reaction between copper and silver(I) nitrate in aqueous medium

What is the reaction between $\ce{Cu}$ and $\ce{AgNO3}$ taking place in aqueous medium? The answer given was: "Only" oxidation of $\ce{Cu}.$ My concern is: how is only oxidation of $\ce{Cu}$ ...
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What does it mean for chemical reaction network to be in equilibrium?

What does being in "equilibrium" mean for a set of chemical reactions? If we have some number $n$ of $\ce{A}$ molecules and $m$ of $\ce{B},$ and the following reaction where $\ce{A}$ and $\ce{B}$ can ...
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Decrease in molar conductivity with increase in concentration

Why does molar conductivity $Λ$ for strong electrolytes decrease with increase in concentration? I mean, more concentration would mean higher number of solute particles present in the solution, and as ...
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How do you remove lumps in reagents without contaminating them?

I think desiccating the powdered reagent would help remove lumps (at least in preventing lump neoformation) but would desiccation alone collapse all lumps in a powder (say KCl as it lumps easily), or ...
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Kolmogorov backward equations in active biological systems

I am trying to understand the following equations from a paper by Wang et al. [1, p. 5 at the SI]: Michaelis–Menten Representation of the Kinesin Cycle We assumed that there is a strong ...
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Is there any formula for finding out probable distance of orbitals or do I just remember the values? [closed]

Like, do I need to just remember that it is less in 3d than 3s and so on?
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Dosing leaves with Zinc Nitrate for pollution experiment - Need specific concentration

I am trying to assess the pollution tolerance of an insect using Zn as a proxy. I have a supply of Zinc Nitrate Hexahydrate that I want to use to contaminate dried leaves (the insect's food). The LD50 ...
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What molecules are produced in carbon arc lamp and how do they produce light?

I am curious about the chemistry of the arc lamp (an indirectly for the incandescent bulbs) thus I would like to ask the following. It is a common understanding that the electrons pushed inside an ...
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A tricky question in Eudiometry/Gas analysis

In a eudiometer $\pu{14 ml}$ of $\ce{CH4}$ and $\pu{38.5 ml}$ of $\ce{O2}$ was introduced. After explosion and cooling to initial temperature ($\pu{23°C}$) the volume of eudiometer was found to be $\...
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What is the physical meaning of fractional oxidation numbers of elements in compound

Many times I encounter oxidation numbers like -1 in the peroxide for oxygen, -1/2 in superoxide, and in some other compounds some elements have 8/3 or such like that...what is the physical meaning of ...
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What does “lit.” mean in boiling point or melting point specification?

For example, this Xanthene 99% specification from Sigma Aldrich states: \begin{array} \\\hline \text{bp} & 310-312 ~^\circ\mathrm{C~ (lit.)} \\\hline \text{mp} & 101-102 ~^\circ\mathrm{C~ (...
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Equilibrium constant for a solid-solid equilibrium

Suppose there are two equations: $$ \begin{align} \ce{A(s) &<=> B(g) + C(s)} &\quad &K_1 \tag{R1}\\ \ce{B(g) &<=> D(s) + E(s)} &\quad &K_2 \tag{R2} \end{align}$$ ...
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Steady State Approximation final integral proof $\frac{d[P]}{d t}=k_{a}[A]$ yielding $[P]=\left(1-e^{-k_{a} t}\right)[A]_{0}$

I want to ask a question about the Steady State Approximation integral. I understand the steady state integral works in Leyman's terms as the intermediate is formed as fast as it is consumed so the ...
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Statistical thermodynamics [closed]

Entropy of indistinguishable particles $S$ is $$S = k\ln W,$$ but in some places notation is different: $$S = k\ln Q + \frac{U}{T}$$ Can you explain, please?
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Image formation in LEEM

currently I'm studying for my master's examination in physical chemistry. The topic will be surfaces and catalysis. To prepare myself I'm reading "Surface Science - An introduction" by Oura. ...
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How to explain disagreement between Le Châtelier's principle and the simplified Gibbs free energy equation?

For example, for the dissolution of a salt in water that is exothermic, heating the solution would drive the reaction towards the solid form of the salt according to Le Châtelier's principle. However,...
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Having a contradiction while deriving Gay-Lussac's law using Boyle's law and Charles' law

From Boyle's law: $$P_1V_1 = P_2V_2 \quad\implies\quad V_2 = \frac{P_1V_1}{P_2} \label{eqn:boyle}\tag{1}$$ From Charles' law: $$\frac{V_1}{T_1} = \frac{V_2}{T_2} \quad\implies\quad V_2 = \frac{...
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Derivation of time probability distributions for single molecule kinetics

If we have a protein $\ce{A}$ that can bind to protein $\ce{B}$: $$\ce{A + B <=>[$k_\mathrm{fwd,1}$][$k_\mathrm{rev,1}$] AB}$$ and the bound complex $\ce{AB}$ can be converted into $\ce{C}$: $...
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Confusion regarding calculating the pH of a salt of weak acid and weak base

I need to calculate the $\mathrm{pH}$ of a salt of weak acid and weak base in an aqueous solution. Method I used for calculation For a salt of weak acid and weak base (assuming complete dissociation ...
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Ammonium chloride in aqueous solution

When Ammonium chloride is in an aqueous medium its cation part ammonium undergo hydrolysis. Since ammonium is conjugate acid of a weak base it readily release one $\ce{H+}$ and converts back to $\ce{...
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Is there a relationship between loss of electrons and EM wave reflection? [closed]

Is there a relationship between the loss of electrons in a cation and the amount of electromagnetic spectrum, a compound of this cation would subsequently reflect or transmit? For example, any ...
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How can the potential energy at the infinite energy level in an atom be zero?

I have recently learnt about atomic structure and the Bohr model of the atom and have observed a discrepancy between it and my previous knowledge based on physics. For simplicity, assume the atom is ...
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How does equalizing voltage for lead acid battery depend on the temperature?

I am using advanced lead-carbon batteries (these ones) in an off-grid solar system. The spec specifies equalizing voltage 14.1 V for 12 V block @ 25 °C (77 °F). I keep the batteries in an outdoor shed,...
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As you heat up a substance will it's bonds begin to dissipate?

As you heat something up does it slowly start to dissipate? Water, for instance, boils at 100 degrees Celsius, but if you are heating it up at 90 degrees will its bonds be weaker?
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Is activation energy time-dependent?

I was thinking lately about activation energy's dependency on time. I couldn't find any information on the internet. Only answer that came up to my mind is the fact that activation energy is constant, ...