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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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Freezing point lowering for a mixture of many liquids

I have been taught that if I have a solute of molality $m$ mixed with a liquid, the freezing point in lowered by an amount $K_\mathrm{f}\cdot m$ where $K_\mathrm{f}$ is the molal freezing depression ...
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Preparation of solution with hydrated molecules

I need to prepare a NaH2PO4 solution the preparation protocol says "9,66 g NaH2PO4x1H2O are dissolved in 350 mL of water" but I only have the NaH2PO4 in dihydrated form (NaH2PO4 x 2H2O) what ...
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How to keep raspberry ketone from forming crystals again after dissolving in alcohol?

I dissolved raspberry ketone 700 mg in 10 ml of 99% isopropyl alcohol. The solubility according to pub chem is 1 g/ml. After dissolving, I added room temperature water to bring the final volume to 70 ...
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How dependent is the molal depression constant on the nature of solute?

I've been reading about the molal depression constant (freezing point depression constant) for binary solutions in class. I encountered a problem (see below) in which the constant $K_f$ was to be ...
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Is there a name for this algorithm to calculate the concentration of a mixture of two solutions containing the same solute?

There is an algorithm called "Mischungskreuz" (German for "x of mixing") that is sometimes taught as a shortcut to figure out the following problem: You have two solutions that contain a solute at ...
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Effect of temperature on concentration of ammonia in trichloromethane

By reviewing some literature on the distribution of ammonia in water and trichloromethane, I've found that increasing temperature decreases the partition coefficient of ammonia given that the formula ...
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Can a stoichiometric mixture of oxygen and methane exist as a liquid at standard pressure and some (low) temperature?

This answer to the question Pre-mixing cryogenic fuels and using only one fuel tank written by a non-chemist (me) begins with: At STP: LOX's boiling point is 90.19 K Methane's freezing ...
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Does solute add to volume of solution?

I have to calculate the concentration of sucrose in water just by knowing their masses (and their temperature). Now, if the volume doesn't change when the sugar is being dissolved, I can do that quite ...
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How to take a sample of a hot salt solution without it precipitating in the cooler glassware due to the difference in solubilities at different temps?

I'm doing an investigation to see the effect of temperature on the solubility product of strontium hydroxide. I made a supersaturated solution left in the oven overnight at 85°C for equilibrium to be ...
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Conflicting info on TRIS buffer - pH6.8 [closed]

I was about to prepare buffer for milk enzyme and to follow prep method described on bio-rad. But then I became suspicious and came across tons of information that pH6.8 is not in effective pH range ...
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How to make a pH 6.8 Tris buffer?

To preface this, I am a biologist. I need to make a $\mathrm{pH}=6.8$, $\pu{1 M}$ Tris buffer. We have access to Tris base and Tris Hydrochloride. (Unfortunately, none of the fancy Tris compounds ...
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Reactions between Ca(OH)2 and CO2, and Sr(OH)2 and CO2

So I'm doing an investigation, and it involves using supersaturated solutions of Ca(OH)2 and of Sr(OH)2. I notice that there's always a flaky precipitate formed on top. I need to know about the ...
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Does the mole fraction of a solution change with Vant Hoff factor?

I reason that as mole fraction is a measure of colligative properties, increase in the Vant Hoff factor ( and hence increase in the value of colligative properties) should also leave a mark on the ...
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Can factors such as non-chelating ions in solution or the temperature of solution change the d orbital splitting of complexes?

My currently primitive understanding of metal complexes is that the d orbital splitting depends on: Identity of central ion Charge density of ligand Geometry of complex ion oxidation number of ...
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Why do chloroform and benzene exhibit negative deviation from Raoult's law?

Chloroform is a polar molecule, and benzene is nonpolar. Shouldn't the chloroform-chloroform and benzene-benzene intermolecular forces be stronger than chloroform-benzene interactions (like dissolves ...
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Why does the degree of dissociation change when we dilute a weak acid even though the equilibrium constant $K$ is constant?

$K$ represents the ratio of concentrations of molecules in a solution at equilibrium, which means that $Q_\mathrm{r}$ (that ratio at any given point) looks to be identical to $K$. In other words, the ...
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Does concentration of salt increase or decrease rate of rusting?

I want to know whether increasing the concentration of salt, specifically $\ce{NaCl}$, increases or decreases the rate of rusting. There are conflicting theories that explain opposite outcomes: ...
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Calculating the pH of buffer solution made of two salts of a polyprotic acid

When we are making a buffer solution by solutions of a weak acid and its salt like $\ce{CH3COOH}$ and $\ce{CH3COONa}$, or by a weak base and its salt like $\ce{NH3}$ and $\ce{NH4Cl}$, we can use the ...
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Can acid mine drainage form acid rain?

Can acid mine drainage form acid rain? Since normal acid rain is formed via combustion of fossil fuels, the sulphur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide are all in the gas phase, whereas in acid mines the ...
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Is the analyte included in the ionic strength equation?

I don't quite understand the calculation for ionic strength of a solution. The formula includes the concentration and charges of the ions in solution, however, is the analyte (whatever we're trying to ...
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Is there any difference between isotonic and isosmotic solution?

Is there any difference between isotonic and isosmotic solution? Can we say isotonic solution do not show osmosis because they have same osmotic pressure?
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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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Separating NiCl2 and CoCl2

My undergraduate lab is currently doing a project in which we have to separate inorganic compounds from organic compounds, identify each compound, and quantify how much of each compound there is. We'...
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Is HDPE affected by long term exposure to methanol?

For at least several years I'be been storing various chloride solutions with methanol as a solute in Nalgene containers, which I believe are made from high density polyethylene (HDP). But recently ...
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Ionic factor of glucose? [closed]

I am trying to find the $K_\mathrm{b}$ for 50 g of glucose dissolved in 1 kg of ethanol, given the change in boiling point is $\pu{2.2 °C}$. The molality is therefore 0.278. But what is the ionic ...
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How to check purity of mercury metal

Mercury is a very good solvent for many metals. We have mercury metal available, how do we check for its purity? Is there some kind of test available to verify its purity? And, more helpfully, which ...
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An aqueous solution of NaCl has a mole fraction of 0.21. What is the mass of NaCl dissolved in 100.0 mL of solution? [closed]

Work mole fraction of NaCl = 0.21/0.21+0.79 If there is 1 mol of total solution, there will be 0.21 mol NaCl and 0.79 mol H2O 0.21 mol NaCl = 12.27 g 0.79 mol H2O = 14.23 g this would yield a ...
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How to measure the electrical conductivity of a substance? [closed]

Suppose you are given these substances: $\ce{NaOH(aq)}$ $\ce{HCl(aq) }$ $\ce{C6H12O6(aq) }$ $\ce{NH3(l)}$ Are there rules to figure out how conductive each compound is? Is it based on ...
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Distribution coeffecient without concentrations

From what I understand about distribution coefficient is straight from my book — which does not give any practice examples — is that $$D = \frac{C_\mathrm{A}(\text{ext})}{C_\mathrm{A}(\text{orig})}$$ ...
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Solubility of solids in liquids

How does crystallisation happen and why? I have been told that when a solid is dissolved in a liquid solvent, an equilibrium is set up between processes of dissolution and crystallisation. But if ...
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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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When can a Secondary standard solution be used for standardising something instead of a Primary?

I am writing an assignment on 'Preparing and Using Standard solutions for Use in Analysis in Titrations and Spectroscopy' and one part is asking about primary and secondary standard solutions. I ...
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How would using different salts in a salt bridge effect the voltage generated by a voltaic cell?

If I use a range of different nitrate solutions (e.g. calcium nitrate, iron nitrate) for the salt bridge in a voltaic cell, what effect would it have on the flow of ions in the voltaic cells? Will ...
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Wouldn't adding a proton acceptor still make a solution just as acidic?

Say if you add NH3 to a solution, and it accepts a proton, it still becomes NH4+ in a solution, which is also acidic. A base should decrease the hydrogen ion concentration in a solution, but how does ...
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Why iron reacts differently with concentrated and dilute sulfuric acid?

When $\ce{H2SO4}$ is dilute, $ \ce{Fe +H2SO4 -> FeSO4 + H2} $ and when $\ce{H2SO4}$ is concentrated, $\ce{3Fe +8H2SO4 -> FeSO4 + Fe2(SO4)3 + 4SO2 +8H2O}$ What made the reaction with ...
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Why does coke foam up when I add it to (cold) black coffee (no sugar, no milk)? [closed]

Album of the different gifs detailing this situation: Album of coke-coffee related gifs I thought that the answer would be similar to the ice-cream float situation, but I don't see what in the coffee ...
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Decrease in temperature of a aqueous salt solution decreases conductivity

Why does the conductivity of a water solution drop as the temperature decreases? How are these two related?
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I am not able to get the exact definition of a solution [duplicate]

A substance which is in larger proportion by mass is called solvent and which is in lesser proportion is called solute. What if the volume of the substance with lesser mass is more. Will it still ...
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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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Can a substance be extracted from solution by adding another substance with a higher solubility?

Suppose that I have a substance X dissolved in water. I then add a substance Y to the solution. Substance Y has a higher solubility in water than substance X, and more than enough of substance Y is ...
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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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Doesn't Ostwald's law of dilution contradict Le Chatelier's principle?

By Le Chatelier's principle, increasing the concentration of a weak electrolyte brings out more ions. By Ostwald's dilution law, increasing the concentration of a weak electrolyte brings out less ...
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When making a calibration curve, do we have to use the wavelength at maximum absorbance?

If you are making a calibration curve for $\ce{CuSO4}$ where you plot absorbance against concentration, does the wavelength have to be exactly at the maximum of the peak? Or can it be somewhere else ...
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What happens to depression when two solutions are mixed? [closed]

Equal volumes of $\pu{1.0 M}$ $\ce{KCl (aq)}$ and $\pu{1.0 M}$ $\ce{AgNO3 (aq)}$ solutions are mixed. The depression of freezing point of the resulting solution (with respect to water) will be (assume ...
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Why are hydrogen-bonded compounds (such as NH3) excellent solvents for most lab reagents? [closed]

Hydrogen bonds are said to be one of the strongest molecular interactions in nature. Then why can most substances that interact through hydrogen bondig such as water and $\ce{NH3}$ able to dissolve a ...
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Phase abbreviations for non-aqueous solutions

When writing a chemical equation, how do you indicate that a chemical is dissolved in a non-aqueous solvent? For example, it would be inappropriate to write X (aq) when X is dissolved in benzene, ...
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Acidic and alkaline salt solutions: why do some salt form acid/bases while others don't

I have a question regarding salts and their solutions. How come some salts, like sodium carbonate and ammonium chloride, produce acids/bases when dissolved in water? Moreover, how can you predict ...
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What properties does a solvent with a high dielectric constant have?

My professor commented that water has a higher dielectric constant than alcohol. Okay, but on what basis? He didn't elaborate; he asked us which one seemed "more electric" and most answered water. ...