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Questions tagged [solubility]

For questions related to the solubility of compounds in various solvents, especially in water. Do not confuse with [solutions] or [aqueous-solution].

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Why do salts such as NaCl dissolve?

If we look at solubility of salts in water, we are told that they disassociate, because the positive $\ce{Na}$ ion is attracted to the partially negative oxygen in water and the negative $\ce{Cl}$ is ...
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Are all NO3- salts soluble in water? If so, why?

All the examples of $\ce{NO3-}$ salts are soluble in water (all that I know about). Is it always so or there is some salt which doesn't dissolve in water? If so what is the reason behind it?
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Why is AgCl less soluble than AgNO₃?

Related: Reaction between silver nitrate and aluminum chloride Experimentally, $\ce{AgCl}$ is insoluble in water, but $\ce{AgNO3}$ is soluble. They're pretty common in a lab (well, $\ce{AgCl}$ is a ...
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How do I predict the solubility of a compound in a mixture of water and an organic co-solvent?

I'm trying to predict the solubility of long alcohols (e.g. 1-octanol, 1-decanol or 1-dodecanol) in a mixture of water and an organic co-solvent such as DMSO, acetonitrile or ethyl acetate. For ...
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How concentrated can an acid be?

How concentrated can an acid be without it being supersaturated? Is there a certain limit to how concentrated an acid or base can be? When I mean concentration, I mean molarity; so how concentrated ...
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Increasing the solubility of sodium hydroxide

$\ce{NaOH -> Na+ + OH-} \quad \Delta H^\circ = -44.51\ \mathrm{kJ/mol}$ The dissolution of sodium hydroxide in water is an exothermic process, and so, according to Le Chatelier’s principle, ...
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Why does solubility of solids sometimes decrease with temperature increase?

Recently I was researching $\ce{Ca(OH)_2}$, and I found this on Wikipedia: \begin{array}{|c|l|}\hline {\rm \color{blue}{Solubility~in~water}} & {\mathrm{0.189\,g/100\,mL}\ (0\,^\circ\mathrm{...
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Why is the melting point of p-dichlorobenzene higher than those of o-dichlorobenzene and m-dichlorobenzene?

I was going through alkyl and aryl halides and noted the following statement in my textbook: p-dichlorobenzene has higher melting point and solubility than those of o-dichlorobenzene and m-...
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Why does sodium sulfate have an unusual solubility-temperature curve?

For many salts there are solubility curves as a function of temperature that are smooth (don't have any kinks). Sodium sulfate, however, has a kink in the solubility-T curve at 30 degrees as shown ...
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Liquid which neither dissolves in water nor oil

I am looking for a liquid which is not miscible (or very close) with water or vegetable oil. Ideally, I want to have a container which shows three layers (the three liquids) with clear boundary ...
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Why is acetone and diethyl ether miscible, but not water and diethyl ether?

Acetone and Water are miscible, and water and diethyl ether are not. So why are acetone and diethyl ether miscible if water and acetone seem to have similar polarities?
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What is the carbon dioxide content of a soda can or bottle?

I sort of know how carbonated beverages are carbonated: a lot of $\ce{CO2}$ gets pushed into the liquid, and the container is sealed. There are at least two things I don't know. First, how much carbon ...
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Why CCl4 does not dissolve in water while SiCl4 does?

Why $\ce{CCl4}$ does not dissolve in water while $\ce{SiCl4}$ does? Does it have to do with d-orbitals? If yes, then how are they related?
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Formation of MnO2 vs [Mn(H2O)6]4+ in aqueous solution

I am looking for reasons why $\ce{Mn(IV)}$ wouldn't be stable as a hydrate. I know that from standard reduction potentials it exists as a ppt of $\ce{MnO2}$, but what is stopping it from being a ...
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Why don't polar and non-polar compounds dissolve each other?

Dipoles can also be induced in polar and non polar compounds, then why don't they dissolve?
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How can I predict what dissolves what?

Regarding solvents, the only thing I remember from school is my teacher saying: "The same dissolves the same." regarding the polar/non-polar solvents. From this I understand that water is polar ...
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Why does the solubility of Group II hydroxides increase and the solubility of sulphates decrease down the group?

I know that, solubility of alkaline earth metal hydroxides increases down the group and solubility of alkaline earth metal sulfates decreases down the group. I wish to understand the reason for these ...
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Why does like dissolve like?

Polar solvents love polar solutes to be dissolved in it and non polar with non polar. Often said as like dissolves like. Okay, polar loving polar can be understood with help of the facts: same polar ...
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Reaction between silver nitrate and aluminum chloride

I googled a bit about what $\ce{AgNO3 + AlCl3}$ will yield and found out the following: $\ce{3AgNO3 + AlCl3 -> Al(NO3)3 + 3AgCl}$ Why is that? I know that $\ce{Ag}$ is higher up in the reactivity ...
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Calculating the pH of a saturated calcium fluoride solution

How can I calculate the pH of a saturated solution of calcium fluoride ($\ce{CaF2}$)? I am given the following values: $$\begin{align} K_\mathrm{sp}(\ce{CaF2}) &= 3.9 \cdot 10^{-11} \\ K_\mathrm{...
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Vapor pressure of immiscible liquids

I have read that vapour pressure of a mixture of two immiscible liquids is $$P=P^0_A + P^0_B$$ where A and B are immiscible liquids. My question is, if they are immiscible, they would form separate ...
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Why are NaCl and NaBr not soluble, whereas NaI is soluble in acetone (in the Finkelstein reaction)?

My book states that: Finkelstein reaction is particularly useful for preparing iodoalkanes. The iodoalkanes are obtained by heating chloro or bromoalkanes with a concentrated solution of sodium ...
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Reasons for existence of eutectic point for alloy systems

Why does a eutectic point exist for a system of alloy ? Why is it that there is such a definite ratio of composition at which this occurs ?
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Why do some solid chemicals dissolve better in colder water?

I just discovered that some solid chemicals, such as $\ce{Na2SO4}$, dissolve better in cold water than hot water from here and would like to know if there is any particular reason as to why. Is it ...
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Why won't increasing the temperature increase the solubility of a gas in a liquid solvent?

If I raise the temperature of a solution of a gas in a liquid solvent, why won't the solubility increase? Increasing the pressure will increase the solubility, but increasing the pressure doesn't ...
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Calculating the molar mass of a solute from freezing point

A $\pu{4.305 g}$ sample of a nonelectrolyte is dissolved in $\pu{105 g}$ of water. The solution freezes at $\pu{-1.23^\circ C}$. Calculate the molar mass of the solute. $k_f$ for water is $\pu{1.86 C/...
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Q. 36 2018 molar solubility of CaF2 at pH3 given molar solubility at pH7 and pKa of HF [closed]

This is Q36 on the 2018 Chemistry Olympiad: Calcium fluoride, $\ce{CaF2}$, has a molar solubility of $\pu{2.1e–4 mol L–1}$ at pH = 7.00. By what factor does its molar solubility increase in a ...
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What is solubility of silver oxide in NaOH and KOH [closed]

What is solubility of silver oxides ($\ce{AgO}$ and $\ce{Ag2O}$) in $\ce{NaOH}$ and $\ce{KOH}$? How much of silver oxide can dissolve in 1 liter of $\ce{NaOH}$ or $\ce{KOH}$?
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Can other substances be dissolved in a saturated solution?

If I have a liter of water fully saturated with sucrose would it be possible to dissolve something like salt or any other substance in the water? Or when the solution is saturated, is it impossible to ...
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Differentiation between zinc, aluminium, and magnesium ions in solution

If I have three aqueous ionic solutions in which I know that the cation is $\ce{Al^3+}$, $\ce{Mg^2+}$, or $\ce{Zn^2+}$, how do I find out which is which? I was thinking to add $\ce{OH-}$ in the form ...
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What does pO2 of blood mean and why do we use it?

I understand the basic Dalton's law of partial pressures in gases. Also, Henry's law of diffusion, says, the concentration of gas dissolved in a fluid is proportional to the partial pressure above it. ...
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Why does ice cream make soda fizz?

I've noticed that adding a chunk of ice cream to soda makes the soda fizz slightly near the soda-ice cream interface. I thought it was a physical effect due to the temperature, but adding ice has no ...
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Is it possible for a compound to be soluble in a mixture of solvents but not the individual solvents?

Some weeks ago one of my friend needed to use turpentine. As a good but ignorant chemist on that point I did some research about it. I found (at the beginning) in the French wikipedia page of ...
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How are these compounds strong bases, when they are sparingly soluble in water?

How is it possible that some insoluble compounds in water, e.g. $\ce{Mg(OH)2}$, $\ce{Ca(OH)2}$, $\ce{Sr(OH)2}$ are considered strong bases? Are they even strong bases? How can I tell if a compound is ...
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Dissolve Silver Oxide

I was looking at how to dissolve silver oxide (in a solvent). I know that monovalent silver oxide will not dissolve in water, but are there any solutions in which monovalent silver oxide will dissolve?...
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Is there a readily available liquid that's more dense than water and insoluble? [closed]

I am looking for any liquid that does not dissolve in water with higher density and does not react with water, one that is readily available.
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Why do biphasic systems of fluorous and organic solvents form?

It's possible to select a perfluorinated hydrocarbon that is immiscible in another organic solvent, forming a distinct phase boundary. Such systems may become miscible at elevated temperature which is ...
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Are lithium bicarbonate and magnesium bicarbonate both soluble in water?

Are lithium bicarbonate and​ magnesium bicarbonate both soluble in water? Source: JEE Mains 2017 (National Level Examination of India) Please do cite a reputed source along with your answer. ...
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What substance has the lowest Kₛₚ value?

What substance has the lowest $K_\mathrm{sp}$ and what is its value? The lowest I could find is $2.6\cdot 10^{-124}$ for cobalt(III) sulfide $\ce{Co2S3}$.
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Why does the solubility of some salts decrease with temperature?

It is well known to us that the Solubility of solute in a solution increases with the increase in the temperature because, when the temperature increases the molecules of the solvent gain more kinetic ...
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The solubility of haloalkanes in water

Haloalkanes aren't very soluble in water because they can't form hydrogen bonds, and the energy required to break hydrogen bonds in water etc is higher than the energy released when new bonds between ...
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How do you explain pKa to non-professional?

Let's say we have substance $\ce{A}$, which is mixed with substance $\ce{B}$ to improve shelf-life because $\mathrm{p}K_\mathrm{a}$ of the substance $\ce{A}$ is $7.9$ and in mix the $\mathrm{pH}$ is $...
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Alkali metal carbonates, their thermal stability and solubility

From Li to Cs, thermal stability of carbonates increases. From Li to Cs, due to larger ion size, hydration enthalpy decreases. So, solubility should decrease from Li to Cs. But, experimentally, order ...
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Separating boric acid from sodium chloride

I want to create some boric acid with borax in the following reaction: $$\ce{Na2B4O7·10H2O + 2 HCl → 4 BH3O3 + 2 NaCl + 5 H2O}$$ However as you can see, the leftover solution will contain a mixture ...
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Best consumption-safe liquid for caffeine solubility?

The question is simple: What human-consumption safe liquid has the best caffeine solubility? It's 200mg/10mL of water. That's a lot of water for one dose! I found some ramblings on a fourm stating ...
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why are Ca(OH)₂ and Al(OH)₃ less soluble than Na(OH) in water

Even though it has more $\ce{OH}$ groups and still it is very weak in terms of dissolving? please clarify to me in terms of polar and non polar solubility, how to determine whether a compound is ...
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Why is sand that insoluble?

Why is sand that insoluble? Sand is a polar molecule but does not dissolve in water. Is it because of the big structure that sand makes?
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How to dissolve candle wax (paraffin)?

Wikipedia states that waxes can be dissolved by non-polar organic solvents. I failed to dissolve candle wax in both acetone and ethanol, which are the only organic solvents I have at home. I have ...
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Why aren't the copper(II) ions in CuSO4 precipitated by hydroxide ions from water?

From my own experience and literature, I know that $\ce{CuSO4}$ is well soluble in water and dissociates into $\ce{Cu^2+}$ and $\ce{SO4^2-}$. $\ce{Cu(OH)2}$, however, is not: $K_\mathrm{sp} = 2 \cdot ...
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Why is phenol soluble in sodium carbonate but not in sodium bicarbonate?

The original question was basically to predict which of sodium carbonate or sodium bicarbonate can be used to distinguish between phenol and benzene. I was sure that phenol neither reacts nor ...