Questions tagged [solutions]

This tag should be applied to questions dealing with solutions of any kind. A solution is a liquid or solid phase containing more than one substance where, for convenience, one (or more) substance(s) called the solvent is treated differently from the other substances, which are called solutes. If water is the solvent, then the more appropriate 'aqueous-solution' tag should (also) be specified.

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How long can iodine bottle left open? Can it go bad sooner than expiration date?

I have bought iodine about a year ago but the bottle cap got damaged during the transportation and it leaked all over the package, but I have decided to keep it anyway. Unfortunately I did not use it ...
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What determines solubility (or miscibility) in organic solvents?

I'm actually quite surprised that this isn't really mentioned anywhere on the internet (or I'm just bad at searching)! Solubility in water is known to be directly related by multiple factors, and for ...
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Can the total amount of solution be found as a ratio between molar mass of a component and total mass of solution? [closed]

I wonder whether the following relation is true: $$n_\mathrm{solvent} + n_\mathrm{solute} = \frac{M}{m_\mathrm{solvent} + m_\mathrm{solute}},$$ where $M$ is the molar mass of the component, $n$ is the ...
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Entropy of Dissolution of Hydrocarbons

Here is what I think I know: The entropy of dissolution reactions increases as methylene groups are added (i.e. butanol has higher entropy of dissolution than propanol). Also, acyclic saturated ...
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Are there any “tricks” to mixing two liquids with a magnetic stirrer?

I have two liquids - one that's mostly nonpolar, the other that's mostly polar. I'm trying to get a good mix between the two using a magnetic stirrer. One of the liquids is practically clear, so it's ...
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How is molar mass of salt related to the concentration of a salt solution

I need to make a $\pu{10mL}$ $\pu{700ppm}$ salt solution. I know that $\ce{NaCl}$ will ionize into $\ce{Na+}$ and $\ce{Cl-}$ ions in water. Should I use the molar mass of $\ce{NaCl}$ ($\pu{58.44 g/mol}...
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Confusion in Raoults Law

In Raoults law for a solution of two volatile liquids do we measure the mole fraction of components at the time when we just add the two liquids and there is no vapour pressure or we measure their ...
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Combining solutions with multiple concentrations - Mixing NPK fertilizer ratios

I'm trying to mix my own fertilizer to grow some peppers. Fertilizers are labeled with NPK ratios, so mixing two volumes and finding the result is easy: Just multiply the concentration of each ...
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How to prepare a 10% alcoholic KOH solution? [closed]

I am confused actually. A 10% alcoholic KOH solution means that there is 10g of KOH in 100 ml of ethanol, or 10g KOH in 100 g of ethanol or something entirely different? Also, I understand that the ...
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Why doesn't base/acid reacting with water create a salt?

An acid/base nwutralization will create a salt + water. If one uses water itself as the acid or base, and have an acid/base neutralization, how come that doesn't create a salt? For example:$$ \ce{HCN(...
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Solubility of gases in water in comparison to their liquefiability

My textbook of physical chemistry says ...The following factors affect the solubilities of gases in liquids: (i) Nature of the gas and solvent: Generally, the gases which can be easily liquefied are ...
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How do I calculate the amount of preservatives one would need for a cleaning solution?

I plan on making a very simple cleaning solution to clean metal contacts on PCB boards. It cannot contain anything that is flammable or hazardous so I've come up with the solution below. Distilled ...
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Flux a specific concentration of a tracer constituent of a gas

I need to flux 250 ppm of CO2 at 1000 ml/min. I have a gas system with a tank containing CO2 (CO2 at 5000 ppmvol, Oxygen 21%vol and Nitrogen the rest), connected with a mass flow controller (MFC1, ...
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Problem in the calculation of ionic strength of a solution

Recently I've been trying to answer the question 10-13 (c) of 9th edition of Fundamentals of Analytical Chemistry of Skoog et al. Comparing my answers with the student manual , I realized that my ...
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What happens to a solution below its freezing point?

This is the question we did in class- 1000g of 1 molality sucrose solution in water is cooled to -3.534°c. What mass of ice would be seperated out at this temperature? (Kf of H2O= 1.86 K.mol^-1.kg) We ...
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How to thicken Paint [closed]

I'm non technical and have a question that you can hopefully help me out with as I've been searching online and so far haven't found any answered I'm looking for a product that will thicken the ...
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Why does a proton react with water to form hydronium ion and why does that ion has an overall positive charge? [closed]

Take this is an example: $$\ce{HCl(aq) -> H^+(aq) + Cl^-(aq)}$$ and $$\ce{HCl(aq) + H2O -> H3O+ + Cl^-(aq)}$$ Clearly the proton latches on to the water molecule but why? Also, why does the ...
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Make Acetic Acid from wood

I would like to know if it would be possible to make Acetic Acid from Wood. I know that you can charcoal wood to get the gases, cool it, and get the liquid. This would yield a bunch of chemicals in a ...
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If stirring negatively affects crystal purity, why is it so?

My Intellectual Expectations Intuitively, I would expect strong stirring to improve crystal purity during the process of crystalization. My rationale is that strong stirring would increase contact ...
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Does the level of water go down when you add salt to it? [duplicate]

My textbook states: Did you know that if you pour a handful of salt into a glass of water the water level will actually go down rather than overflowing the glass? I tried this experiment and the glass ...
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What is the mechanism of endothermic dissolution?

My real question is in fact "How can dissolution happen if it's endothermic?" However, there have been many questions regarding this exact topic and the answers about Gibbs free energy ...
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General Question about transferring Solution from containers (Workplace Related)

At my workplace we will soon begin diluting a solution to specific concentrations, this is done within a specific container. The solution to be diluted is provided by a manufacturer in the following ...
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Comparative Solubility of Double Salts

Is there a tendency that could be used to generally forecast how a double salt might dissolve in aqueous medium compared to the simple salts of its constituents? Example: There is metal A, metal B and ...
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Effect of mixing acids on solubility

Please help me clarify the title if you come up with a better way to put it (you certainly will). My question is the following: If you make a mix of equal parts of various acids (Bicarbonate, ...
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Partial molar volume of binary mixture

A 2% (weight %) solution of a salt with Mr = 190.6 g mol-1 was prepared at 25 0C. The density of the prepared solution was 1.00926 g cm-3. The density of water at 25 0C is 0.99707 g cm-3, and the ...
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Deposition of saturated solution and affect of evaporated water

20g of water is evaporated from 200g of saturated solution of KNO3(aq) at 60°C by heating and the solution was cooled to 20°C. How many grams of KNO3 were deposited? The solubility of KNO3 in 100g of ...
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Effect of water vaporation on saturated solution

At a high temperature, water is evaporated from the saturated solution by heating. What is the solution losing exactly by the fact that the water left the saturated solution? Does it affect its ...
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How does solutions of two liquids work? [closed]

When two liquids mix, and they are not hindered by a polarity mismatch (like oil and water), why don't they always form a homogenous mixture? Due to entropy, a liquid will disperse itself evenly. This ...
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Colligative properties: why does the size of solute not matter?

Colligative properties are defined as the "properties of solutions that depend on the ratio of the number of solute particles to the number of solvent molecules in a solution, and not on the ...
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I need help finding several immiscible liquids [closed]

I am trying to fill a vial with as many immiscible liquids as possible so that they form many separate layers. I want to do this as a way to visualise how liquids with different refractive indexes ...
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What is it meant by “preparing solutions on a blister”?

I was recently looking into an aspirin hydrolysis preparation lab and noticed the following: (This preparation was taken from http://www.kii3.ntf.uni-lj.si/analchemvoc2/file.php/1/HTML/SPEKTRA/...
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opening valve separating two volatile solutions [closed]

Let there be two containers A and B containing two volatile solutions (ideal) of pure liquids P and Q respectively. The containers are connected by a tube such that only vapours can travel through ...
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Why is water transferred from a beaker of pure water to a beaker of sugar solution when placed in the a closed container?

I know that there is something to do with the vapour pressure of pure water being higher than the vapour pressure of the sugar solution, but I still can’t really explain what happens on a molecular ...
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In what solvents does ionic association occur?

When a ionic compound like $\ce{NaCl}$ dissolves, it doesn't always full dissociate due to ionic pairing. This is measured by the van 't Hoff factor. Now, this is what I'm looking at for my chem ...
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Hydrogen and Hydrogen ion

Is it correct that a hydrogen atom only has 1 electron and 1 proton since the atomic mass is 1? Also, is the hydrogen ion composed of a single proton and no electrons? In an ionization process we know ...
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Why does Vapor Pressure decrease on addition of solute? [duplicate]

Consider a vessel with a volatile liquid in it. Let's say it has a vapor pressure $P^0$ when it is pure. Now a non-volatile solute is added to it. Its vapor pressure decreases as $P^0\chi_{solvent}$. ...
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When is Raoult's Law valid for solid-liquid solution?

Raoult's Law for solid-liquid solution is stated as such in my books that it is applicable for all non-volatile solutes. However different solutes must have different attractive or repulsive forces ...
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Copper anode dissolves in electrolysis of copper sulfate solution [closed]

I did an experiment with copper sulfate where you place two copper rods in an aqueous solution of copper sulfate. You apply an electric current and copper metal builds up on the cathode. I noticed ...
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What does washing and drying a solution mean?

After combining two solutions, a direction in a 1970s British chemistry book says to wash the new solution with a mixture of baking soda, table salt, and water. Then it says to dry it with anhydrous ...
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How does a shock, such as the snap of the disk in a reusable hand warmer, trigger the re-crystalization of a supersaturated solution?

Reusable handwarmers are made of something dissolved nearly to its saturation point in hot water (Sodium Acetate in the case of HotSnapz) at a high temperature, and then cooled to a temperature at ...
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What is the temperature needed for a reflux using a mix of solvents as the reaction medium? [closed]

I had a quick query regarding the setup of a reaction. The procedure that I am working from states that I need to put my reaction mixture under reflux for 3 hours. The solvents used are diethyl ether (...
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Detailed kinetic explanation for vapor pressure reduction by dissolved solute?

The following problem was asked in JEE Mains 2020 (Sept 2, Shift 1), An open beaker of water in equilibrium with water vapor is in a sealed container. When a few grams of glucose are added to the ...
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Who came up with C1V1 = C2V2? [closed]

I was wondering if there is an original scientific publication showing why $C_1V_1 = C_2V_2$ works. Or perhaps, who described/used it first?
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Solubility Product, and it's relation to solubility

In order to remove temporary hardness of water, it is boiled. On boiling, while Ca(HCO3)2 gives CaCo3(ppt.) , Mg(HCO3)2 gives Mg(OH)2(ppt.). According to my book precipitation of Mg(OH)2 occurs due to ...
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Is sulfuric acid necessary for Kevlar synthesis?

In the production of Kevlar, the 2 monomers needed for its creation are reacted in a solution. Due to it being water-insoluble, sulfuric acid is used. My question: Can other chemicals be used as well (...
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Actual color of colloids [closed]

I have read that the color of colloid depends upon the wavelength of light scattered by the dispersed phase and also in the sense in which the receiver receives the light. If all of this depends on ...
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Freezing point of solution of Water, Ethanol and Sugar (aka, Limoncello)

I'm looking for a diagram of the freezing point of a water solution depending on its content in sugar and ethanol. More colloquially, I want to know how to balance alcohol and sugar so that my ...
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Find volume of ammonia gas required to prepare a solution of given pH [closed]

Calculate the volume of gaseous ammonia $(K_\mathrm{b} = \pu{1.8E-5})$ to dissolve (at NTP) in $\pu{100 mL}$ of water in order to obtain a solution with $\mathrm{pH} = 11.0.$ Consider volume variation ...
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Ionisation vs Dissociation

This is a statement given in my book: A strong electrolyte is completely ionised at all dilutions but not completely dissociated. But the book also uses the terms "Ionisation" and "...
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Can aluminium form blue-colored solution in liquid ammonia?

I am a high school student and in one class, my inorganic chemistry teacher told group 1 elements with the exception of lithium and group 2 elements with exception of Be form blue-colored solutions ...

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