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Boiling point elevation does not depend on the solute? [closed]

I've recently carried out an experiment trying to measure the boiling point elevation of water after adding 5M of NaCl and KCl. Although for some reason, KCl solution started boiling around 90 degree ...
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Software to predict equilibrium products in the ideal gas phase

I'm interested in software packages that can answer the following kind of question: If I mix 30mol% $N_2$ and 70mol% $H_2$ together at 2 bar and 2000C, what is the equilibrium composition after all ...
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Chemical Equilibrium problem

I can't seem to get the answer that appears on the back of the book Here is what i did: a) $K_p=K_x p^{\Delta N}$; in this reaction $\Delta N =-1$, then $K_pp=K_x$ from $\Delta G=-RT\log K_p$ I ...
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How can I find the heat that will be released in kJ per gram for the reaction of Al with Fe2O3?

Find the heat that will be released in kJ per gram when aluminium ($\ce{Al}$) reacts with $\ce{Fe2O3}$ as follows: $$\ce{2Al(s) + Fe2O3(s) → Al2O3(s) + 2Fe(l)}$$ The information given is: $\Delta ...
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Why does a NOx container get cold when NOx is released? and What is the relationship of the vapor pressure curve with the liquid-vapor dome?

The temperature at which $\ce{NO_x}$ is in equilibrium with its liquid and vapor phase at 1 atm is about –84 °C. Does that mean $\ce{NO_x}$ exists as a liquid at that temperature? What about it's ...
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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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Ag-Sn-Cu Phase diagram to formulate homogenization temperature / duration

I am working on Ag-Sn-Cu alloy phase diagram to figure out the best temperature / duration to homogenize the alloy (annealing). The %age of elements in the alloy are Ag - 40 % Cu - 27.8 % Sn - 32.2 % ...
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Apparent contradiction in the type of deviation of an ethanol-water mixture

For a mixture of $\ce{EtOH}$ and $\ce{H2O}$: $\Delta H_{\text{mix}} < 0$ (exothermic) and $\Delta V_{\text{mix}} < 0$ (volume contraction). This means that the unlike interactions are stronger ...
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Based on their respective number of degrees of freedom, what's the most efficient fuel; hydrogen or gasoline?

The reaction of octane's combustion is: $$\ce{2 C8H18 + 25 O2 -> 18 H2O + 16 CO2}$$ I am asked for computing the number of degrees of freedom of the octane given that its specific heat is $\pu{...
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What is the degree of freedom of the calcium carbonate dissociation reaction?

Question $\ce{CaCO3}$ dissociated in a closed system according to the reaction: $$\ce{CaCO3(s) -> CaO(s) + CO2(g)}$$ Assuming the reaction is in thermodynamic equilibrium, what is/are ...
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Spontaneity of an exothermic chemical reaction

When the process is exothermic (ΔHsystem​<0), and the entropy of the system increases (ΔSsystem​>0), the sign of ΔGsystem​ is negative at all temperatures. Thus, the process is always spontaneous. ...
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Basic concept of the first rule of thermodynamics

There is a cylinder-piston system with some gas in it, and let's say this system is a closed system. Say that the system is submerged in a large beaker of water whose temperature is $25\ \mathrm{^\...
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What is the the total heat extracted in the process? [closed]

Since this is a cyclic process:- Change in internal energy=0. In the process C-A the work done W is zero, thus the heat Q is zero since it is an isochoric process. Next in the process A-B, I got the ...
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Temperature measurement using thermometer [closed]

I have two samples of water – 'A' and 'B'. My thermometer measured them to be 90 °C. They both have different volumes. So, the kinetic energy of the particles of sample A and B is same or different? ...
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Relation between constant-pressure and constant-volume heat capacities: Cp - Cv = nR

For an ideal gas, we have $$C_p - C_V = nR$$ where $C_p$ is heat capacity at constant pressure, $C_V$ is heat capacity at constant volume, $n$ is amount of substance, and $R=N_\mathrm A\cdot k_\...
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What is Delta H for dissolution?

An ionic compound has a solubility of $1\ \mathrm M$ in water at $25\ ^\circ \mathrm C$ and its solubility increases as the temperature is raised. What are the signs of $\Delta H^\circ$ and $\Delta S^\...
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Are all volatile liquids combustible?

I realized that liquids like petrol, kerosene and even perfumes are combustible when they are volatile. Could that be the reason why water is not combustible is because it is not volatile? Are ...
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Identifying endothermic and exothermic reaction [closed]

How can I know that a given reaction is endothermic or exothermic? I know that all combustion reactions are exothermic. But what about other reactions? In my school exam I was asked about whether the ...
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Calculating thermodynamic quantities for hydrogenation of iron nitride

HW#6.3 If the reaction $$\ce{Fe2N(s) + 3/2 H2(g) <=> 2 Fe(s) + NH3(g)}$$ comes to an equilibrium at a total pressure of $\pu{1 bar},$ analysis of the gas shows that at $\pu{700 K}$ ...
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Why can't calorimetry be used to measure fast reactions?

As my previous post was a bit unclear and unspecific, I am reformulating it. First of all this is a question that I had while reading some concepts my book introduces, so this isn't a homework ...
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How to calculate the standard Gibbs free energy of formation of bromine vapor at room temperature?

The normal boiling point of liquid bromine is $\pu{58.2 ^\circ C}$. At $\pu{9.3 ^\circ C}$ the equilibrium vapor pressure of liquid bromine is $\pu{100 torr}$. From this data, calculate the standard ...
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Relation between First Law of Thermodynamics and Ideal Gas Law

Thermodynamics has always been a tough thing for me. There are lots of assumptions in this subject (those assumptions, I know, are necessary, I know the science of thermodynamics is a very practical ...
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Entropy changes during transfer of heat between two bodies

Consider two metal blocks, one at 500K and another at 300K, they are bought to contact with each other until they reach a common temperature. Find the entropy change of each object and the total ...
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Reaction between chlorine gas and oxygen at 600 degrees Centigrade

Chlorine gas will not normally react with oxygen gas directly at STP. However, would the two react at standard pressure and 600 degrees Centigrade?
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Thermodynamic vs kinetic basicity [closed]

I'm writing something related to basicity and came across few papers that distinguish thermodynamic and kinetic basicity. "In particular, the study of hydrogen bonding (H-bonding) within proton ...
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Entropy for a closed system [closed]

Case -1 In a free expansion of an ideal gas in a region or container, we cannot trace a pressure-volume path since the pressure, temperature and volume of the gas fluctuate unpredictably when the gas ...
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Tunneling in chemical reactions

We know that quantum tunneling is the reason behind several natural phenomenon like alpha decay and thermonuclear fusion inside the stars. How can it influence chemical reactions by tunnelling a ...
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Boiling point elevation and liquid solutions

$\pu{1 L}$ of an aqueous solution of urea having density $\pu{1.06 g mL-1}$ is found to have elevation in boiling point $\Delta T_\mathrm{b} = \pu{0.5 °C}.$ If the temperature of this solution is ...
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Is graphite more stable than diamond?

The change in enthalpy of carbon in diamond form to graphite is negative. This suggests that graphite should be more stable than diamond. Is it true? What I thought was that graphite has van der ...
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I was told that the more exothermic the solution, the more soluble the salt. Is this statement wrong?

I was also told that $$\Delta H(\text{solution}) = \Delta H(\text{hydration}) - \Delta H(\text{lattice E})$$ However, for $\Delta H(\text{solution})$ to be exothermic, it has to have a negative value ...
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How to derive this temperature-pressure-specific volume relationship?

(for isentropic, adiabatic, ideal gas flow) $$\frac{T_x}{T_y} = \left(\frac{p_x}{p_y}\right)^{\frac{(\gamma-1)}{\gamma}} = \left(\frac{V_y}{V_x}\right)^{\gamma-1}$$ where $V$ is the specific volume, $...
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Computing enthalpy of formation of dissolved gas from its enthalpy of dissolution

Provided that I know the enthalpy of formation $\Delta H_f^0(X_{g})$ of a substance $X$ in gas phase and its enthalpy of dissolution $\Delta H^0_{sol}(X)$ in the same conditions, considering that the ...
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Finding the isotherm with given minima

Get the temperature of the isotherm for water for which the local minimum is at $\pu{100 Pa}.$ Use the values of $a$ and $b$ of water. My approach In the van der Waals equation, set $$\frac{\...
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Explanation of the strength of phosphorus-oxygen bond

When discussing the Wittig reaction, Clayden's Organic Chemistry cites the strength of the $\ce{P=O}$ formed in triphenylphosphine oxide as a driver of the reaction through enthalpy: The $\ce{P=O}$ ...
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What is the lower bound to the temperature at which a fire can burn?

To have a fire, you need 1) oxygen, 2) fuel and 3) heat. You can have different fuels that burn at different temperatures, but you always need some amount of heat to have a fire. If you can use any ...
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Is adsorption exothermic, and if so, why?

Why is adsorption exothermic? The explanation given in my textbook is: For a process to be spontaneous, the thermodynamic requirement is that, at constant temperature and pressure, $\Delta G &...
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What is total enthalpy?

I've seen that it's defined as $h_0 = h + \frac{v^2}{2}$, where $h_0$ is the total enthalpy per unit mass. I can see that the $\frac{v^2}{2}$ term probably has something to do with kinetic energy, but ...
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How can residual entropies be reconciled with the Third Law?

The third law of thermodynamics states that the absolute entropy of a pure crystalline substance is $0$ at $0\,\mathrm{K}$. In the analysis of chemical reactions this absolute scale is sued to ...
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Current in a Lithium Ion Battery

I am trying to find the current transferred to the anode and cathode of a Lithium Ion Battery at different voltages. I know the temperature (approximately) of the battery, the battery's starting ...
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Is the equation dG = Vdp − SdT valid only for a reversible process? Can it be applied for an irreversible one too?

In the derivation, we write: $$ \begin{align} G &= H - TS &\quad&\to&\quad \mathrm dG &= \mathrm dH - T\,\mathrm dS - S\,\mathrm dT \\ H &= U + pV &\quad&\to&\quad ...
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What is the meaning of the phase state label (cr,l) appearing in ATcT thermochemical data tables?

I was examining data associated with this post on the heat of solution of ammonium nitrate when I came upon the NIST ATcT data page which lists the heat of formation of $\ce{(NH4)NO3(cr,l)}$. In this ...
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Is the E in Arrhenius equation the change of enthalpy?

I'd like to know whether the activation energy in Arrhenius equation is the enthalpy difference between the transition state and the reactant. If it's not enthalpy, is it Gibbs energy or something ...
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Why aerosol forms when you take a hot shower in a very cold day? [closed]

When temperature is about $\pu{17 ^\circ C}$ and I open the hot shower in maximum temperature (for a common electric shower) the air gets almost immediately full of droplets and this lasts the entire ...
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When boiling water, how is evaporation rate affected by the surface area of the container?

Imagine two pots boiling on a stove. One is tall, while one is wide. Both contain the same volume of water. What will be the difference in the rate of evaporation between the two containers?
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Why does silver (I) have a larger lattice enthalpy and hydration enthalpy than sodium?

The ionic radius of the $\ce{Ag^+}$ ion is $129$ pm, and that of the $\ce{Na^+}$ ion is $116$ pm. Since the sodium ion is smaller than the silver ion, it makes sense that it has a stronger polarizing ...
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Coffee cup lids

So this morning I purchased a coffee. As a not uncommon event the lid on the coffee cup didn't have a hole completely punched through (a gas inflow hole). This makes it difficult to drink the coffee ...
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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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Thermal decomposition of calcium carbonate

Thermal decomposition of calcium carbonate. In general, we heat $\ce{CaCO3}$ to temperature of approximately 825°C it decomposes into calcium oxide and liberates carbon dioxide gas:* $$\ce{CaCO3} \...
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How do you find the heat capacity ratio of combustion products?

For example, if gaseous oxygen $(O_2)$ and paraffin wax $(C_{32}H_{66})$ were to stoichiometrically combust at STP, how would one go about finding the heat capacity ratio ($\gamma={c_p \over c_v}$) of ...
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Impact of pH? Change in Binding Affinity of protein-ligand complex based on pH and Kd?

When the $\mathrm{pH}$ was $5.0$, the temperature was $\pu{25 °C}$,the $K_\mathrm{D}$ was $\pu{5 μM}$, and [L] was equal to $K_D$, the protein(s) were half bound. Question considers half bound ...