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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Trichloroacetic acid aqueous solution

I have bought some anhydride of trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and would like to prepare an acidic solution. My problem is, that I don't know how much "powder" to mix with how much water to produce an x% ...
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Will hydrogen chloride dissolved in ethanol react with magnesium?

Magnesium will react with aqueous HCl to form magnesium chloride and hydrogen gas. Simple. But I've just read in my textbook that HCl in a solution of ethanol no reaction will take place. There is no ...
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Can a solute be physically filtered out of a solvent?

Suppose that I have a substance dissolved in water. I then pour the solution into a filter. The filter's pores are large enough to allow the passage of water, but not the passage of the substance. In ...
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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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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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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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Water vapor equilibrium calculations

The question had two parts. The first part said: Calculate the amount of water required to saturate a vessel of volume 82 L at 300 K given that the vapor pressure of water is 38 torr at 300 K. The ...
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Precipitation reaction stoichiometry?

I have a question where I do not understand the final step to solve...here it is: What will be the Strontium ion concentration remaining after 30.0 mL of 0.10 M Na2SO4 solution are added to 70.0 mL ...
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Is there a way to find the mixture type with just the molecular formulas and masses of the solute and solvent?

If you had the molecular formula and molar mass of a solvent and a solute and no other specific information about the two, could one deduce the type of mixture (suspension, colloid, solution) they ...
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Expressing solubility in binary solvents with non-additive volumes

I have experimentally obtained data that shows the molarity of a saturated solution in mixed solvents, with different proportions of solvents. The issue here is that the two solvents (water/ethanol)...
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Unit conversion of Molar Conductivity

I know this might be a silly question but I am confused with different answers of internet. My question is: Molar conductivity is given as: Molar conductivity = $\frac{\kappa}{M}$. S.I. unit of : $...
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Diffused Layer ion in Electrix Double Layer

When KI is added to AgNO3 soln, so AgNO3 is in excess, collidal particle is AgI:Ag+ with diffused layer of I-, Why is the diffused layer not of NO3- when the anion in excess is NO3-? If we had KI in ...
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Boiling point elevation for a mixture of ethanol and water

Properties such as boiling point, freezing point and vapour pressure of a pure solvent change when solute molecules are added to get homogeneous solution. These are called colligative properties. ...
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Finding the mole fraction

At $25\ \mathrm{^\circ C}$ the vapor in equilibrium with a solution containing carbon disulfide and acetonitrile has a total pressure of $263\ \mathrm{torr}$ and is $85.5\ \mathrm{mol}\text{-}\%$ ...
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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 calculate the new concentration of a solution after adding more solute and convert it to ppm?

My question is the following: $2~\mathrm{g}$ table salt is added to $0.5~\mathrm{m^3}$ water whose salt concentration is $10~\mathrm{mg\,L^{-1}}$. Compute the salt concentration of the mixture in ...
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What happens to the attraction of glycerol to a positively charged acetate rod if water is added

I know that glycerol is more polar than water because it has stronger intermolecular forces and its also more viscous. If I were to add water to a glycerol solution, would the solution get less polar ...
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How to quantify the amount of paracetamol present

What is the most accurate way of determining the number of moles of paracetamol from a solution, mixed with acid or base? I do not have access to more advanced laboratory methods like liquid ...
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How to sequester Na+ which prohibits the formation of a micro-emulsion in solution

I am mixing alkaline solutions ($\ce{Na2CO3}$) with crude oil containing carboxylic acids to create micro-emulsions. The carboxylic acids react with the alkaline moieties to create an in-situ ...
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What is the difference between reacting and dissolving?

When one chemical is added to another how would we come to know whether the compound dissolves in it or reacts with it? For example $\ce{AgNO3}$ dissolves in $\ce{CCl4}$ whereas it could also have ...
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acids, bases, salts, etc

All the chemical compounds can be categorized as acids, bases, and neutral compounds. There are different theories, namely Arrhenius Theory, Brønsted-Lowry Theory, Lewis Theory, which define the acids ...
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Mixing polar and non polar substances [duplicate]

According to the theory of London dispersion forces, intermolecular forces are created in non polar substances by induction of instantaneous dipole to neighbouring molecules. If that is the case then ...
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How much water has boiled off when precipitation begins? [closed]

Here's a challenge problem I created! None of my students could get it; can you? $25$ grams of table salt (NaCl) is dissolved in $150$ grams of water. The temperature of the solution is raised to its ...
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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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Can the ions of dissolved salts be physically separated with a strong enough external electric field?

Say you had a arbitrary amount of sodium chloride dissolved in water. Could an external electric field (e.g. the electrically charged plates in Millikan's oil drop experiment) physically pull apart ...
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how are colloids and suspensions solutions?

my definition of solution is a homogenous mixture of a solute and solvent. and in my textbook they call colloids and suspensions solutions . how is this possible if both of them are heterogenous ...
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Find the molarity of the filtrate

I can't figure out this stoichiometry question! 10.0 mL of 1.15M copper(II) nitrate reacted with 20.0 mL of .85M ammonium hydroxide. The solution is filtered. Determine the molarity of the filtrate. ...
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Can compounds dissolved in different miscible solvents react?

For example, can crystal iodine dissolved in ethanol react with sodium thiosulfate dissolved in water when mixed together?
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Phenolphthalein Indicator mixed with base that first turns pink and then clear

What occurs in the following situation: After adding 2 drops of Phenolphthalein Indicator (an indicator that turns bases pink and stays clear for acids,) into a unknown solution, the solution turns ...
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Methyl Orange Indicator-Reason for small amount of NaOH [closed]

I used methyl orange as my indicator to titrate a weak acid: At first, I added 3 drops of methyl orange to a solution of the weak acid, $\ce{CH3COOH}$, and the solution turned red. Then, after adding ...
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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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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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Chemical Reaction of aluminum foil in CuCl2 solution

In class we did a lab in which we first dissolved copper(II) chloride powder in water to form a blue solution. We then placed a crumbled up piece of aluminum foil in that solution. It turned brown ...
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Calculate pH of a mixture of a strong base and acid. Knowing only the pH, wt/v%, and volume of both solution. [closed]

Title explains all. I have been stuck on this for an hour and for some reason cannot understand it. I have tried to do an ICE table but get stuck halfway as I do not know whether I would use the w/v ...
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How many grams of CuSO4*5H2O yield 10 grams of H2O?

If I want there to be 10.00 g of water in the copper (II) sulphate pentahydrate sample that I'm measuring, what mass of the substance will I need in order to have 10.00 g of water? I solved this ...
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How to dissolve cat hair without effecting fabric?

I am wondering if it is possible to create some sort of a solution that will dissolve cat hair (or dog hair), but, is not harmful to the surrounding fabric? I am picturing a solution you would soak a ...
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What actually happens when citric acid is added to a highly alkaline soap solution?

A few days ago I made an experiment. I diluted a few small chunks of bar soap with 20 ml of water. I then measured the ph of the solution which was around 10. I then added a tiny amount of citric acid....
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How does sodium rosinate enhances lathering property? [closed]

Why don't we use sodium carbonate or sodium stearate? What does sodium rosinate contain that the other two don't?
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Difference between homogeneous and heterogeneous mixture [closed]

When i mix two equal but large number of stones it is possible (though extremely unlikely) that stone a and stone b perfectly segregate themselves into two halves or that they are uniformly ...
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Difference between a species and a phase in a solution? [closed]

Overview: As of my knowledge from metallurgical thermodynamics a phase is a thermodynamically stable and homogeneous entity made up of different species of a given concentration. e.g = 'Austenite' ...
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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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Titrations in three equibilums

You have three solutions: 0.1 M solution of a weak monovalent acid 0.1 M solution of a strong monovalent acid 0.1 M solution of a weak divalent acid Each solution is titrated with 0.15 M NaOH. What ...
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What's the identity of the crystalline solid in the following reaction? [closed]

A mixture of toluene, benzoic acid, aniline and phenol was dissolved in diethyl ether and extracted with 5% $\ce{NaHCO3}$ solution? This extract was acidified until a white crystalline compound ...
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Is it possible to detect and measure the amount of potassium sorbate used to preserve fruit juice?

In a store bought fresh orange juice that is preserved using potassium sorbate is it possible to detect the presence of potassium sorbate and also measure the amount present? What methods of testing ...
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Can course salt melt into water [closed]

What can cause course salt to melt? If you put it on a flat surface, can it melt on its own into water? What causes this reaction to make the salt melt?
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The Definition of a Solution

Can there be more than one solute or solvent in a solution. Why? Why not? The largest component in the solution is called a solute and smallest a solvent. How is this possible when solutions contain ...
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Mole fraction of solute of a dilute solution

According to our book, when the solution is dilute, the mole fraction of solute can be given as: X2 = molality (m) x mass of solvent (M1) / 1000 Actually it is written as: X2 = m/(1000/M1) How is ...
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Cross checking the fact that gas solubility decreases with temperature increase and Henry's law's validity

It is known that the solubility of gas decreases with increase in temperature which is due to the kinetic energy freeing the solute particles into the vapor phase. Henry's law states that the partial ...
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In a double displacement reaction, why don’t the two products reform after being dissolved in water? [duplicate]

Let’s say I have $\ce{AB (aq) + CD (aq) —> AD + CB}$. When AB and CD are dissolved in water, they get dissociated into their component ions. But why don’t they reform as AB and CD, if it is already ...