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 to calculate pH of final solution using volume and pH of initial solutions? [on hold]

When two solutions of equal volume with pH 2 and 8 are mixed, what happens to resulting pH ? How to calculate the final pH? I am being too specific this time.
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Calculating triple point using freezing and boiling point depression

On this website, I read that when an solute(lets say NaCl) is added to a solvent(lets say water),the boiling point and melting point shift by a certain amount. If, in our experiment, we keep the ...
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Equation to find specific gravity (or density) from a solution of sugar and water

Is there an equation or simple way to calculate the final density of a solution made from x grams of sugar and y liters of water? And would it work in reverse? if we have y liters of water at z ...
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Volume change in positive deviation from Raoult's Law

Let us take a mixture of ethanol and acetone as an example. When ethanol is mixed with acetone, the hydrogen bonding between ethanol molecules gets disturbed as actone molecules get in between the ...
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Apparent contradiction in the type of deviation of an ethanol-water mixture

For a mixture of $\ce{EtOH}$ and $\ce{H2O}$: $\Delta H_{\text{mix}} < 0$ (exothermic) and $\Delta V_{\text{mix}} < 0$ (volume contraction). This means that the unlike interactions are stronger ...
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Why does ice water get colder when salt is added?

It is well known that when you add salt to ice, the ice not only melts but will actually get colder. From chemistry books, I've learned that salt will lower the freezing point of water. But I’m a ...
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Change in boiling and freezing point

I recently encountered a question while solving previous year question papers for JEE. This is a JEE 2005 question. The question demands to complete this statement: Equimolar solutions in the ...
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Applying Raoult's Law in volatile solids–liquid solutions

My textbook explains applying Raoult's Law for the two cases: liquid–liquid solutions, in which the vapour pressure of the solution is due to both the components non-volatile solids–liquid solutions, ...
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Why doesn't the solute settle out of a solution, such as brine or sugar water? [closed]

If I have a solution of salt or sugar dissolved in water, the solute will never settle out or "fall to the bottom", no matter low long I wait. Why is that? Since salt and sugar (in their pure, solid ...
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Why zinc sulphate solubility is higher in ethylene glycol than water?

I'm trying to find saturation point for dissolved zinc sulphate in water and ethylene glycol. Based on my knowledge, water is more polar than ethylene glycol as reflected in its higher dielectric ...
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Are hydroxides soluble in each other?

Let's say I have molten potassium hydroxide and then I add some Calcium hydroxide. I imagine, since there are hydroxide groups floating around, it would be energetically neutral for the calcium ions ...
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Cheap but efficient disinfectant / biocide for home lab

EDIT I am forced to reword my question about a chemical mixing ratio. I have seen in Wikipedia that peroxide ($\ce{H2O2}$) and Acetic Acid can be mixed to Peracetic acid - this is an equilibrium. I ...
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finding cation of unknown salt in solution from precipitate

I should probably add that I was originally given an unknown solid mixture of 2 salts. I separated the insoluble salt out by centrifuging and then decanting. I found that the insoluble salt is $\ce{...
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Phase description for a substance dissolved in a solvent other than water?

I'm trying to write an equation for which I have $\ce{CuI}$ dissolved in acetonitrile. Usually if you have a salt dissolved in water you can denote that using $\ce{(aq)}$, but is there a notation for ...
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How do I determine molality from mole fraction without knowing how much of the solution I have?

What is the value of $x$ if $x$ molal solution of a compound in benzene has a mole fraction of solute equal to 0.2? I tried calculating the moles of $x$ through the value given but there are two ...
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How to calculate the i-value of known NaCl solution, if it is isotonic with known solution of glucose?

How do I calculate the value of $i$ for 1.17% solution of $\ce{NaCl}$, if it is isotonic with 7.2% solution of glucose? I actually do not know where to start in this question. is it possible to ...
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How to determine the solubility of a Metal Fluoride in liquid Gallium

How do I determine if a Metal Fluoride is soluble in liquid Gallium and under what conditions the Metal Fluoride will stay in solution in the liquid Gallium? I am involved in a project that is ...
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Is adding the word “solution” necessary when listing the materials used in a synthesis?

I am editing a chemistry-related paper and the synthesis procedure described is as follows: Then, 10 mL of the intermediate were mixed with 10 mL of 1% (w/v) VCPL and 2 mL of 0.1% (w/v) KPS. I ...
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How do you get contents of large flask into a smaller separatory funnel?

Separatory flasks that I use have a ground glass joint, but it is not clear how that joint is to be used. Videos I have seen just show people pouring stuff into the throat of the funnel. Normally the ...
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How Would A Vast Mixture (Like an Ocean) of Ammonia-Water Behave in Terms of Evaporation and Freezing?

First, I'll go ahead and say I'm not very versed in chemistry. My question comes from my interest in planetary-sciences, specifically the speculation that there are likely exoplanets and moons with ...
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If Beer's Law appears to apply to a high concentration (>0.01M) of a solute, is it valid to use for concentration calculation?

Internet consensus seems to define "high concentration" for Beer's Law as >0.01M. If one has a solution at higher concentrations than that, but the absorbance vs. concentration is still linear, is it ...
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Does the speed of an ion affect the current that can flow through a solution?

Typically, when a cathode and anode are inserted into a solution that allows current to flow, the ions are moving with a certain kinetic energy. If the ions were to gain kinetic energy (through ...
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Why do colligative properties depend only on number of solute particles?

Colligative properties depend solely on the number of even though the interactive forces are different for different solute-solvent pairs. So why is the dependence only on the number of solute?
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How to think of solvated electrons?

This excellent answer explains at length what's happening in this fascinating video entitled Liquid Electrons - Periodic Table of Videos. In the screenshot below, the metallic-looking solvated ...
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Does water in air occur as liquid or as gas? [closed]

I've learned that in a gas, the solute has to be a gas a well. Is that always the case? How about water in air, is that liquid in a gas, or a gas in a gas?
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Difference between solubility and dissolution?

How is solubility different from dissolution? And how are they both different from solvation?
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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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Difference of Ascorbic acid dissolved or precipitated in Glycerol?

Difference of Ascorbic acid (AA) dissolved or precipitated in Glycerol? Referring to pat US20110008445A1 Solution 1 At 25C, AA was dissolved in glycerol and alcohol (subsequently removed by ...
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Solubility: Is the common ion effect proportional to individual solubility values?

I'm trying to grasp how solubility works in real applications. Is it so that in a solution with only one salt, it's solubility will change upon the addition of another salt with a common ion in a ...
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Which of acid aqueous solution 1) to 4) is non-volatile one?

I am working on my scholarship exam practice assuming high school chemistry knowledge and struggling at how I can rationalize this question. Which of acid aqueous solution 1) to 4) is non-volatile ...
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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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Why does mixing two solutions decrease the concentration of the solutes?

The irreversible liquid reaction $$\ce{A + B -> C + D}$$ follows an elementary rate law and is carried out isothermally in a plug flow reactor (PFR). The volume of the PFR is 500 litres....
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What is the cause for the difference in pH between NaCl and Ringer Lactate

Reading this article, I came across a passage which got me to think of this question: "Normal saline contains approximately $\pu{154mM}$ of each $\ce{Na+}$ and $\ce{Cl-}$ with average pH of 5.0 and ...
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Does adding solutes to water alter its triple point? [closed]

Does adding solutes to water alter its triple point? If yes, how do we find the new temperature and pressure of this point?
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Solubility product of HgS

The reported solubility product of $\ce{HgS}$ is $4 \times 10^{-54}$. How is this possible? The minimum concentration that is possible is 1/avogadro's constant which shall be about $10^{-23}\ \mathrm{...
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Over time what happens to soluble liquids with different densities

I have a case with two liquids: Water and another chemical which is miscible in water. The chemical has a density of 800 g/l so it's 20% less dense than water. Initially the chemical was mixed with ...
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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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Relative lowering of vapour pressure

Why is lowering of vapour pressure (Po - Ps) temperature dependent? And why is relative lowering of vapour pressure (1 - Ps/Po) independant of temperature?
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Molarity of pure water [closed]

The molarity of pure water is 55.5 M at which temprature is obtained this value? Further, you will come across that 1000 mL = 1000 g (for water only, but at which temprature?)
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Is osmosis really a special case of diffusion across a semipermeable membrane?

A general idea we have about osmosis is that it is the movement of solvent particles through a semi permeable membrane from a region of high concentration to a region of low concentration. This seems ...
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Relation between size of ion and hydration energy [closed]

Suppose I take 1 tablespoon of an ionic crystal and put it in excess water. We know that shall the hydration energy of the crystal be more than the lattice energy, the crystal will separate in ions ...
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Osmotic pressure and ideal gas equation

When I was studying osmosis I came across the formula for osmotic pressure as: $$\text{Osmotic pressure} =CRT$$ where $C$=molarity $(n/V)$ $R$=universal gas constant $T$=temperature This ...
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Freezing point of solution

It's stated in my textbook that at the freezing point, the vapour pressure of the solid phase equals the vapour pressure of the liquid phase. In a mixture, since the vapour pressure of the solution is ...
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Chemistry - Solutions

Please give me a few hints as to how I can approach this problem A mixture of two miscible volatile ideal liquids P and Q (obeying Raoult’s law) is kept in a vessel (molar ratio of P and Q in the ...
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Suitable safe cleaning solution for aliphatic urethane

I am looking for a suitable cleaning solution for a sprayed on coating that is an acrylic aliphatic urethane. My end goal would ideally be something that can neutralize rust, whiten and brighten the ...
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Thickening and/or slowing evaporation of IPA-based ink

The conundrum I have a security printing ink that I make by adding an IR-absorbing dye to a 50/50 mix of Isopropyl Alcohol and distilled water. The ink solution is pale green but dries virtually ...
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Is it possible to separate/remove sugar from common drinks, such as juice?

Is it possible to remove sugar from a drink (for example, juice) using common household equipment?
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How to find the concentration of barium ions in a mixture of barium sulfate and barium thiosulfate?

I have a hard time with selective precipitation problem. A mixture of $\ce{BaSO4}$ and $\ce{BaS2O3}$ is shaken with pure water until a saturated solution is formed. Both solids remain in excess. ...
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Is vapour pressure a surface phenomenon?

As a fact, I know that vapour pressure doesn't depend on surface area. Does this imply it is not a surface phenomenon also? It shouldn't be as then it would depend on surface area of molecules and ...
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Why do Cu⁺ ions spontaneously form copper metal and Cu²⁺ ions in solution?

The standard electrode potentials for three reactions involving copper and copper ions are: $$ \begin{align} \ce{Cu^2+(aq) + e- &-> Cu+(aq)} &\quad E &= \pu{+0.15 V} \\ \ce{Cu^2+(...