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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Does Ksp depend on the solvent?

E.g. would the solubility and Ksp of $\ce{Mg(OH)2}$ be the same in water as it would be in HCl? Doesn't solubility depend on the polarity of the solute and solvent, so wouldn't different amounts of a ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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What is the solubility of d-Glucose in water as a function of temperature? [closed]

I can't find solubility of d-Glucose in water as a function of temperature. I.e. a function that can tell me that at 35 Celsius the maximum amount of d-Glucose that can be dissolved in 100g water is ...
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Is it possible to prepare a 0.1 N solution of HCl and methanol? [closed]

In my lab guide I read: "Use a $\pu{0.1 N}$ solution of methanol-chloridic acid $(9:1)$ for the anthocyanin extraction", so I tried to calculate the volume of $\ce{CH3OH}$ and $\ce{HCl}$ to prepare it,...
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Calculate pH at equivalence point [closed]

Calculate the pH at the equivalence point of a titration of 62 mL of 0.1 M $\ce{CH_3NH_2}$ with 0.20 M HCl. The $\ce{K_b}=4.4\cdot10^{-4}$. At the equivalence point, the moles of CH3NH2 equals the ...
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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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Molarity of a substance in a solution when more fraction is given

Mole fraction of ethanol in a solution with water is $0.040$. What will be the molarity of ethanol in water? Density of water can be assumed to be $1\ \mathrm{g/mL}$. This is how I tackled the ...
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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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Ethanol in gasoline — will it evaporate?

If gasoline with 10% ethanol is stored for a few weeks, will the ethanol evaporate? I have read that to check for ethanol in gas is to add a little water to a container; mark the level and add gas. ...
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Calcium-containing acidic solution

I want to prepare an acidic solution containing Ca ions. I thought about dissolving calcium sulphate, acetate or phosphate in $\pu{2 M}$ $\ce{H2SO4}$ or $\ce{H3PO4}$ solutions, but it seems that $\ce{...
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Is it possible to prepare a solution of hydrogen sulfate in a lab? What is the procedure to do so?

I don't want a buffer solution with it, I want to know if its possible to have a solution with only $\ce{HSO4^{-}}$ ions in it.
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One volume of something

I am following some protocols for a reaction and after diluting my substrate in a solution I need to precipitate it in methanol. For this I need to pour my solution into "one volume" of methanol- ...
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Finding the molarity of an acid in a titration

I was doing a question that asks the molarity of a 10 mL of tartaric acid that is titrated to phenolphthalein endpoint with 20 mL of 1.0 M NaOH. I worked it out by equating the molarity of the NaOH ...
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Basicity of Acetic acid

Acetic acid is a monobasic acid as it disassociates into CH3COO$^-$ and H$^+$. Why don't the hydrogen atoms of CH3COO$^-$ disassociate too?
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Reasoning questions on Solubility

Why is solute dissolved faster in amorphous state and at high temperature? I don't have any idea about the dissolving of a solute in amorphous state but for higher temperature it might be because the ...
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Mutual saturation of salts/common ion effect: How to interpret the given diagrams

I have a diagram of mutual saturation of salts/common ion effect. I'm curious to see what's the proper way to interpret these diagrams? I feel like this wasn't properly or sufficiently answered in ...
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Calculate the percentage in a solution

The aim of this exercise is to determine the percentage (degree) of acetic acid in vinegar. For this purpose 10 mL of vinegar requires 8mL of sodium hydroxide of molar concentration 0.1mol/L to react ...
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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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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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Microscopic View of Adding Water to A Basic Solution

I confronted a problem, stating that we have a solution of potassium hydroxide. By adding extra water, when the volume of solution reaches 630 mL, the pH decreases by 0.5 units. How much extra water ...
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Molarity of two solutions

Question: Two solutions of ethanol marked as X and Y are labeled as 25% ethanol by mass and 25% ethanol by volume respectively. If the density of solution Y is 0.789 g/mL and that of solution X is 0....
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How is Henry's constant affected by change in temperature

According to me Henry's constant $K_h$ should be directly proportional to the effect of temperature. It is because $K_h$ is inversely proportional to solubility and as we increase temperature ...
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What formula allows adjusting balance of (Ethyl Alcohol / Water / Caffeine powder) to know concentration for the Caffeine solution?

I am experimenting with different levels of concentrated caffeine solution. The solution has a small percentage of ethyl alcohol, in the $\ce{H2O}$. Problems encountered too much ethyl alcohol ...