# Questions tagged [temperature]

A measure of the average kinetic energy of the particles in a sample of matter; may be expressed either in kelvin (symbol K) or in degree Celsius (symbol °C).

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### How can decreasing in temperature indicate an endothermic reaction?

I’m really wondering how can decreasing the temperature refer to an endothermic reaction. I faced this when I was calculating the heat of a reaction Q in a constant-pressure calorimeter. What I ...
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### When can a molecule be considered freely rotating at room temperature?

This question sparked from a long discussion in chat about the nature of $\ce{H2O2}$ and whether that molecule can be considered to rotate around the $\ce{O-O}$ axis (and hence display axial chirality)...
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### What exactly is temperature?

I've read at many places that temperature is the average kinetic energy of particles present in an object. I just don't intuitively get how kinetic energy is connected with temperature. And how is ...
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### Reversible and Irreversible adiabatic expansion

A $\mathrm{200.0\ m^3}$ balloon at $253.0\ \mathrm K$ ascends to a higher altitude. If the initial pressure inside the balloon is $325$ millibar, and it ascends to a latitude with a pressure of $7.45$ ...
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### Why Does Activation Energy not change with Temperature change

As The Graph Shows; $E_a$ (Activation Energy) = Energy Of transition State(Threshold Energy) $-$ Energy of Reactants. So let This be the graph at Temperature $T_1$, Now say We Increase The Temperature ...
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### Prove that a 10-Degree Temperature Increase Doubles the Rate Constant (k), when the Activation Energy is Approximately 50 kJ/mol

I read that increasing the temperature by $10~^\circ\mathrm C$ will double the rate constant ($k$), when the activation energy for the reaction is relatively close to $50~\mathrm{kJ/mol}$. However, ...
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### Can paper burn without oxygen or air?

If you put a paper inside an oven vacuum packed and go beyond $250~\mathrm{^\circ C}$, will it burn? There's no oxidizer. If not, what will happen?
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### At which temperature does carbon monoxide explode?

I had doubt whether carbon monoxide explodes or not. I checked out this resource and found out that carbon monoxide explodes when heated. But they didn't mention the temperature at which it explodes. ...
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### Why does water evaporate at room temperature?

When water temperature reaches $100\ ^\circ \mathrm{C}$, the molecules get so excited that the hydrogen atoms lose the bonds to the oxygen atom and therefore the water starts to become gas. I get that,...
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### How is Negative Temperature Hotter than Infinite Temperature?

Recently I have read articles stating that negative Kelvin has been achieved. I was a bit speculative at first as I though how can you get cold than 0 Kelvin, but after doing some research it makes ...
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### Temperature measurement

Consider some liquid in a beaker. I am measuring its temperature using a thermometer. When i put my thermometer's bulb in the liquid, the particles of the bulb gain the same kinetic energy as of the ...
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### What are the degrees of freedom that define the temperature of an ionic solid (such as sodium azide)?

Degrees of freedom describe the different ways atoms move in a sample. For a pure ideal gas made of non-linear molecules, there are 3N degrees of freedom (N is the number of atoms in the molecule), 3N-...
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### Is heat just a change in temperature?

According to my chemistry textbook, heat is defined as "Energy that is exchanged because of a difference in temperature or a change in phase." My textbook also says, "Heat is a form of energy. ...
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### How do you calculate a half cell potential Copper(II) and Copper Sulfate?

I have to complete an experiment for school where I have copper and zinc electrodes placed into an electrolyte of copper sulfate and I have measured the potential across it at varying temperatures. ...
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### Does the Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution apply to gases only?

The Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution can be used to determine the fraction of particles with sufficient energy to react. I know that the curve applies to gaseous reactants and would like to know whether ...
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### Are complex ions thermochromic?

Does raising the temperature of a complex ion (formed from a transition metal ion and ligand(s)) affect its color? For example, if the temperature of $\ce{[Cr(H2O)6]^3+}$ is raised, will its color ...
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### Negative Kelvin Temperature

I remember my Physical Chemistry Professor saying that very tiny negative Kelvin temperatures have been achieved on the quantum level. Is this true?
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### What is the triple point pressure for Gallium?

I have seen various discussions about the triple point of Gallium determined to a very precise value, so precise that it is used as a reference for NIST scales and measurements. However, these ...
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### What is an example of a very low temperature endothermic reaction?

Shakashiri describes the reaction of solid Ammonium Thiocyanate and solid Barium Hydroxide Octahydrate resulting in an endothermic reaction leading to subzero temperatures. I've performed this ...
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### Why do some solid chemicals dissolve better in colder water?

I just discovered that some solid chemicals, such as $\ce{Na2SO4}$, dissolve better in cold water than hot water from here and would like to know if there is any particular reason as to why. Is it ...
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### Is sublimation caused by an environmental difference or an element's composition?

I was having a conversation when the topic of sublimation came up. Prior to the discussion, I had always thought that sublimation was caused by a great pressure/temperature difference, but another ...
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### Why won't increasing the temperature increase the solubility of a gas in a liquid solvent?

If I raise the temperature of a solution of a gas in a liquid solvent, why won't the solubility increase? Increasing the pressure will increase the solubility, but increasing the pressure doesn't ...
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### Same Activation Energy for Forward and Backward Reactions

While reading about equilibrium, I read that the equilibrium constant, $K_\mathrm{c}$, changes with temperature due to the forward and backward reactions having different activation energies. Is it ...
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### Does the density of a liquid and gas phase of a substance(nitrogen or water) converge when reaching critical point

I know that the there is no difference in density in a liquid and a gas phase of a substance after the critical point. But I do want to know if this difference in density is more continuous or if it ...
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### Does the initial rate in the reaction of magnesium powder with nitric acid depend on the volume or the concentration of the acid?

For the question regarding the initial reaction rate, I don't quite understand why the answer is D. If I calculated the number of moles from the volume and conc, I would get A=0.4 moles; B=0.2 moles;...
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### Why is absolute zero unattainable?

We were dealing with the Third Law of Thermodynamics in class, and my teacher mentioned something that we found quite fascinating: It is physically impossible to attain a temperature of zero ...
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### Infinite Increase in Entropy when Energy added to Absolute Zero

My textbook states the following: If a system were at absolute zero, an additional small amount of heat energy would lead to an infinite increase in entropy. Such a state is impossible. Absolute ...
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### Why is −78 °C a magic temperature for organic reactions?

In many organic reactions that I have seen, running the reaction at $\mathrm{-78\ ^\circ C}$ seems to be quite a popular choice, but I've never seen any explanation for this. What makes this ...
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### Why is the Haber process carried out at such high temperatures?

On a large scale, ammonia is prepared via the Haber process: $$\ce{N2(g) + 3H2(g)->2NH3(g)} \qquad \Delta _\mathrm{f}H^\circ = -46.1~\mathrm{kJ \cdot mol^{-1}}$$ The optimum conditions for the ...
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### How do I control the negative temperature in an experiment?

If one were to adjust the positive temperature in an experiment, they would use a heating plate, or a stovetop. How would one adjust negative temperatures in an experiment? (Not keeping the ...
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### Why does changing the temperature shift the equilibrium?

I know that raising the temperature in a reversible chemical reaction causes the equilibrium to shift to the endothermic side. I know that $\Delta G = \Delta H − T\Delta S$, but I don't know how to ...
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### Temperature effects on pKa and pKw

I am an industrial electrician apprentice who needs to learn more about pH-measurements and how the temperature effects the measurement itself (I am in charge of all the pH measurements on the ...
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### At what temperature (in kelvin) are most of the elements on the periodic table liquids?

This question is out of pure curiosity. At what temperature are a majority of the elements on the periodic table in a liquid state/phase of matter? For the purpose of this question, assume the ...
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### Meaning of red heat

I have two reactions below. What is the difference between red heat and normal heat? Is it related to iron as a catalyst when it is red hot?
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### Henry's Law with varying temperature

I am trying to determine what the derived partial pressure would be for CO2 in the global atmosphere from historical inconstant temperatures and CO2 concentrations of the global atmosphere: Is it ...
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### What is the reason for anomalous expansion of water?

What is the reason for anomalous expansion of water? Why doesn’t it simply expand on heating or contract on cooling? Why it shows anomalous behavior at 4 degrees Celsius? Why not on 4.6 or 10 (or ...
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### Why does heating transform the aquacomples of slightly acidified cobalt(II) chloride solution to the chlorido complex?

There is a famous demonstration where, if you mix a $\ce{CoCl2}$-solution with the right amount of $\ce{HCl}$ you will end up with the pink $\ce{[Co(H2O)6]^2+}$ complex but when heating it to boiling ...
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### Entropy and specific heat capacity

I have seen the equation $S(T_2)=S(T_1)+C_p\ln(T_2/T_1)$ where $C_p$ is the molar heat capacity at a constant pressure. I understand that this assumes that the temperature range is sufficiently small ...
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### Decrease in temperature of an 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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### Safe endothermic reaction that gets below freezing?

I have a project/idea I am working on but I am only 14 years old and I need some help. I'm looking for an endothermic reaction that gets below freezing, but the chemicals before the reaction and ...
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### Physical Explanation for variation of Gibbs Free Energy with Temperature and Pressure

Reading Atkins Elements of Physical Chemistry right now, and the book says: "At constant pressure and entropy, an increase in temperature ($\Delta T\gt0$) results in a decrease in $G_\mathrm m$ (molar ...
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### Has a concept of temperature ever been defined in the context of a single atom?

I wonder if this answer to What would happen if we supercool and then superheat an atom very abruptly? goes far enough. I almost wrote the comment: I don't think we can even talk about the ...
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### How or Why does diesel/kerosene have a much higher 'flash point' but lower auto/self-ignition point than gasoline/petrol?

This is a very common question, but I have yet to find a good theoretical answer to both questions (diesel has higher flash point BUT lower spontaneous ignition temp.)
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### How could I find the solubility of hydrocarbons such as iso- and n-Butane in liquid Methane?

I am trying to figure out the dissolution capacity of iso and normal butane in methane at very low temperatures (110K). This would allow me to make compositions that prevent freeze out of these ...
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### Relation between Temperature and viscosity of Linseed Oil?

I have been trying to get a relationship formula to determine the viscosity of Linseed oil. I have Absolute viscosity of the oil at 33.1 Cp (Source: http://www.engineeringtoolbox.com/absolute-...