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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Does rate of Evaporation change with surface area?

Two vessels of the same volume, in the same location and open to the atmosphere. One is of a small diameter, the other is of a larger diameter. The question is will the vessel with the larger surface ...
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Why do my equilibrium calculations on this HF/NH4OH buffer system not match those in literature?

I've been trying to reproduce Figure 2 from this research paper (full text available). The Problem However I can't seem to get the same values as in the paper. I did the math both by hand and with ...
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CuCl2 dissolved in water

We dissolve $10\ \mathrm{g}$ of $\ce{CuCl2}$ in $0.1\ \mathrm{L}$ of water. Given that: $M(\ce{Cl})=35.5\ \mathrm{g/mol}$ $M(\ce{Cu})=63.5\ \mathrm{g/mol}$ How can one calculate the molar ...
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Can Ice Packs Freeze Water at 21 °C?

I receive $120~\mathrm{mL}$ bags of medicine in sterile water. The medicine is refrigerated and then packed with a significant amount of ice packs in an insulated bag. Generally three times the volume ...
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How to determine if two calibration curves are parallel, within 5%

I have complex matrices and I need to make sure the matrix does not affect the measurement of my analyte. To do that, I need to prepare samples of my analyte in a solvent and of the matrix reinforced ...
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Why are solutions electrically neutral?

I keep reading that solutions are electrically neutral, but I've never read an explanation. I've read after the fact justifications, such as one problem which asked me to calculate the force of ...
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Mathematical explanation of blank titration in Mohr method for argentometry

In my book it is written that in order to minimize systematic error in Mohr method for argentometry it is a common procedure to conduct a blank titration with $ \mathrm{Ag^+} $ against a $\mathrm{CrO_{...
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Would ionic compounds dissolve in methanol?

Question: Determine whether liquid hexane ($\ce{C6H14}$) or liquid methanol ($\ce{CH3OH}$) is the more appropriate solvent for the substances grease ($\ce{C20H42}$) and potassium iodide ($\ce{KI}$)....
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Any other Colligative properties?

Are there any other colligative properties other than lowering of vapor pressure, osmotic pressure, boiling point elevation, and freezing point depression? I was wondering whether surface tension of ...
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If some particles of liquid in a solution convert to vapour then why can't some liquid particles convert to solid?

I was reading about the vaporisation of liquid when I came across the following statement. The average energy of the particles in a liquid is governed by the temperature. The higher the ...
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How to make a CCl3F Fluorine NMR standard?

I am running some fluorine NMR and would like to make a bulk solution of $\ce{CCl3F}$ in $\ce{CDCl3}$ to aid in assessing the amount of fluorinated product present by having my NMR solvent act as a ...
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What is the lethal dose ( LD50 ) of coffee?

Of course, there are many types of coffee, so I would like a range of lethal dose amounts for the average human, from the mildest of lattes to the most hardcore of espressos. Pure caffeine's lethal ...
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Is there a way to dissolve glue?

Background: I have a journal from my childhood. I applied glue (uhu brand. this one) to the papers almost 10 years ago. Q: Is there a way to dissolve the glue and make the pages readable?
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Why does the conductivity of a LiOH solution decrease when boric acid is added?

If I start with pure water and add $\ce{LiOH}$ the conductivity of solution increases. However, if I then dissolve boric acid in the same solution the conductivity falls. I would have thought adding ...
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How soluble is uranium in molten iron?

As I know, uranium and iron simply aren't mixable, which means there are no U-Fe alloys. The Google says, uranium is insoluble in molten iron. But, if something is "insoluble", it actually means only ...
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Can a precipitate dissolve upon addition of a diluted acid?

Is it true that precipitates dissolve upon addition of diluted acids? If a precipitates is dissolve , does it disappear from solution , or any thing else happened out there? I am just curious ...
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Why does concentration of solutions of alkali metals in liquid ammonia change the magnetic properties?

In "NCERT Chemistry for Class XI - Volume II", in chapter "s-block elements", under the topic "Chemical Properties of alkali metals", it is given: (vi) Solutions in liquid ammonia: The alkali ...
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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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Is lithium bicarbonate an aqueous solution of lithium carbonate?

This question is related to: Are Lithium bicarbonate and​ Magnesium bicarbonate both soluble in water? What type of chemical reaction is this? How can bromine water be called a solution? In the ...
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Why do exothermic dissolution reactions occur?

I've always been taught that an exothermic dissolution means that the forming of solute-solvent bonds releases more energy than the energy consumed to break solute-solute bonds and solvent-solvent ...
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Why does the Born equation give the Gibbs free energy of solvation rather than enthalpy of solvation?

The Born equation gives the difference in energy required to charge a particle in a vacuum and in solution which results in the work required to transfer an ion from a vacuum into solution. It is ...
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What is the differences between partial pressure and vapour pressure?

Was looking at Henry's law and Raoult's law constants and there seemto be lots of equations involved. Henry's law involves partial pressure and the latter involves the vapor pressure. Wondering what ...
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Solvated solids

I have a very basic question concerning solvation. If a solid (solute) was dissolved in a liquid (solvent), is the solute still in the solid state? or does it convert into another state of matter when ...
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What is the proper way to prepare a solution aiming to minimize errors?

I am a undergraduate student in chemistry, and my university is very weak in teaching solution preparation. I need to prepare a 10 mg / L methylene blue solution and now the way I do is, using an ...
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How can I calculate the molar conductivity of a solution with multiple solutes?

I'm running an experiment mixing 2 different solutions, $\pu{5 mL}$ of $\pu{0.1 M}$ $\ce{NaCl}$ with $\pu{5 mL}$ of $\pu{0.1 M}$ $\ce{KCl}$. I am measuring the conductivity of the total solution in $\...
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Is it possible to create a solution with superoxide?

I am not a chemist, and somehow I cannot find any material on this topic, so I decided to ask here. I am looking to create a solution with a specified amount/concentration of superoxide ($\ce{O2^.-}$)...
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How to calculate the mass of water to add to copper(II) sulfate to form a 4% solution?

How many grams of water are required to make a $4.00\%$ solution with $15.0~\mathrm{g}$ of copper(II) sulfate pentahydrate? I calculated the percent composition of water in a molecule of $\ce{CuSO4....
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Difference between freezing point and melting point

I do not understand why for mixtures freezing point is lower than melting point. Are not the two representing the same equilibrium between solid and liquid which we are approaching from two different ...
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Why is partial pressure proportional to mole fraction in Henry's law?

According to Henry's law of partial pressure, partial pressure of a gas above a solution is directly proportional to the mole fraction of the gas in the solution. But my question is: If the mole ...
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Dilution terminology

For thing like 8× dilution, that would be like 1 ml of a solution and then 7 ml of something like water to dilute right? Would 50 ml solution and 50 ml water be a 2× dilution? I’m a bit unsure about ...
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Solubility of oxygen in liquid hydrogen; is anything near 1:2 (molar ratio) possible?

In a question on another Stack Exchange site a proposal was forwarded to premix oxygen and hydrogen in the stoichiometric molar ratio of 1:2 to be used as rocket fuel, as opposed to the standard ...
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Reaction of iron(III) oxide with nitric acid [closed]

I'm currently working in a project in which I have to convert the iron oxides present in iron ore slime into ferric nitrate. Iron ore slime is which has the particle size of below $\pu{0.15 mm}$ is ...
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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 to determine the mole fraction of the liquid phase from a given mole fraction of the vapour phase for a benzene/toluene mixture?

A quantity of benzene, $\ce{C6H6}$, and toluene, $\ce{C6H5CH3}$, is placed in a $1~\mathrm{L}$ evacuated vessel at $25~\mathrm{^\circ C}$. At equilibrium, a small volume of liquid is visible at the ...
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Why the dilution of solvent doesn't affect the solid phase, in comparison to the liquid phase?

Dilution of the solvent adds new energy states to the liquid, but does not affect the solid phase. The above line appeared on the following page under the section "5: Colligative properties and ...
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Can fully-hydrogenated oils be mixed with unsaturated oils for use in food (margarines, etc)?

Would it be feasible to mix fully hydrogenated oils with unsaturated oils (eg. soybean oil) to create an edible fat with the consistency of margarine? If so, what is the motivation for ...
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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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Why is Iron very rare in seawater compared to many other elements?

I don't know the associated technical words to research this question. There was high presence of Iron in the oceans in anoxic precambrian times, and today copper is 5 times more abundant in the ...
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The safety of homemade slime

Disclaimer: I am not a chemist, but I figured this may be the place to ask. So, recently, there has been a lot of news going around about the homemade slime burning a child's hands and I got curious ...
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Liquid that does not spoil for a mineral aquarium

I want to create a decoration - a mason jar "aquarium". I want to take a large mason jar, put some nice mineral specimens in it, fill the jar with liquid and seal it with lid. I believe I can't use ...
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Kinetics of air evolving from water on heating

Is there a simple relationship describing the kinetics of air evolving from water on heating? For example, if I let water at room temperature and pressure saturate with air, it should have some ...
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Making a non-CN dissolved gold solution ideal for electroplating

I've had success electroplating $\ce{Ni}$ and $\ce{Cu}$, but interestingly never $\ce{Al}$. My focus here is on plating with $\ce{Au}$, specifically onto an $\ce{Ni}$ surface. In general from my own ...
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Theory of volume contraction in solution

When a solid is dissolved into a liquid, or two solids are amalgamated, their mutual volume will contract. For example, a crystal of sugar having a volume of one cubic inch dissolved into 10 cubic ...
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Is there a potentiometric method for monitoring salt formation in organic solvent?

I work in a pharmaceutical R+D lab, and currently aim to develop a validatable potentiometric method for determining the optimal amount of acid to add to a basified small organic molecule for ...
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Do extreme homeopathic dilutions still retain quantities of the starting materials?

This Indian Institute of Technology Bombay press release quotes some research papers which claims to prove that homeopathic remedies do retain original substances even when diluted. The paper ...
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Debye-Huckel theory with non-polar solvents

I want to calculate the activity coefficients of mixed solvent salt solutions. I am seeing very strange behavior when I try calculating the activity coefficient of salts in non-polar solvents using ...
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Synthesizing monodisperse PbS quantum dots

For a research project, I am trying to synthesize lead (II) sulfide quantum dots using the method of Li et al.. I am injecting sulfur dissolved in 1-octadecene into a mixture of $\ce{PbO}$, oleic ...
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How do xanthan gum and other hydrocolloids work?

Does anyone know what causes things like xanthan gum to make water into a slimy substance on the molecular level?
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In the nonideal solution, why can't one of the solute be positive deviation and the other be negative deviation?

In the nonideal solution, why can't one of the solute be positive deviation and the other be negative deviation? Let's say A and B makes a nonideal solution. The moleculat force between A and B means ...
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Why do ionic substances with higher lattice energies tend to be less soluble in water than substances with lower lattice energies?

I understand that that energy is required to overcome intermolecular forces holding solute particles together in the crystal, but I don't understand how this relates to lattice energies and respective ...