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Help with Forster distance conversion for FRET

For my project on Fluorescence, I'm trying to simplify the equation for the Forster distance (I obtained this from the Lakowicz book). To keep track, the units are in square brackets. $$R_0 = \left(\...
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What does “at%” mean and how it differs from “mol%”?

Sorry if my question is a bit obvious, but for some reason I'm getting confused with the percentages in this question: Concentration of $\ce{A}$ is $\pu{80 at\%}$ and concentration of $\ce{B}$ is $...
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Difference between change in energy level and hyperfine energy level?

The second is the duration of 9 192 631 770 periods of the radiation corresponding to the transition between the two hyperfine levels of the ground state of the cesium 133 atom. --> This ...
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What do we have both r.a.m. and r.m.m.?

Read Orthocresol's answer here first: What is the difference between "molecular mass", "average atomic mass" and "molar mass"? Orthocresol, in his answer, says that ...
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Calculating volume ethanol in an fermented aqueous solution of sucrose, water, and ethanol

I've been working on a biology experiment where I calculate the fermentation yield of yeast under various light induced stress responses inhibiting the translation of various fermentation enzymes. My ...
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Is the negative excess volume of ethanol/water the cause of my math error?

I have a binary mixture, say ethanol at $90\%wt$ ethanol, $10\%wt$ water. According to Perry's Chemical Engineers' Handbook 9th Ed., that mixture has a density of $0.81797g/cc$ (at $20^{\circ}C$). ...
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Could the loss of mass in the kilogram be due to oxidation?

I was wondering about this. I have heard, and known for a while, that the famous and celebrated Prototype Kilogram - the lump of metal whose mass is used to define the standard mass scale worldwide - ...
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Why does osmolarity take into account both penetrating and non-penetrating solutes?

According to Wikipedia: … osmolarity takes into account the total concentration of penetrating solutes and non-penetrating solutes, whereas tonicity takes into account the total concentration of non-...
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Why was the unit micrometers spelled backwards in old research papers?

I have recently been doing a literature research project on polymers and have been reading a lot of papers from the 1950s and 1960s (mostly in American journals from American authors). I saw this ...
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Conversion of a permeability value from barrer to SI unit

I have done a permeability experiment on LDPE in the presence of air. At $\pu{30^\circ C}$, the permeability was found to be 1.846 barrer. Now I am trying to apply this permeability value to a ...
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TINKER molecular modeling extra forces - energy unit

I use the TINKER molecular modeling software package (version 7.1.2) for computational physical chemistry. There is an extra file (extra1.f) included for the user to edit and incorporate their own ...
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Thermochemistry: On Units of Enthalpy Change and Implicit Given of Initial Temperature of Calorimeter

I would like to ask two separate questions. But first, so that we are on the same page, the experiment used a constant-pressure calorimeter, and it is a neutralization reaction of 1M of HCl and 1M of ...
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Interlayer binding energy: how to convert to meV/Ų?

I've noticed that in most papers the interlayer binding energy is given in units of meV/Ų. But how do I get these units? Do I divide the interlayer binding energy I get by the area of my unit cell?
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How to convert from ppm to ug/m3 in case of PMx?

For $\text{PM}_{10}$, $\text{PM}_{2.5}$ sensors, sensitivity, minimum and maximum recordable concentrations are generally expressed in $\pu{ppm}$ (parts per million) while legislation uses $\pu{\mu g /...
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ppm as hexane/propane/methane etc

This question is primarily related to stack testing data. Whenever stack testing is being conducted and the parameter being measured is VOC concentration, it is often reported as ppm (as hexane) or ...
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Rate constants using Arrhenius equation

If I'm trying to use the Arrhenius equation in this form: $$\ln\left(\frac{k_2}{k_1}\right) = -\frac{E_\mathrm a}R\cdot\left(\frac1{T_2}-\frac1{T_1}\right)$$ And I am given the activation energy ($...
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How much CO2 is produced by plant litter?

I made measurements of CO2 formed during decomposition of dead plant material using gas spectrometer. It gives the results of CO2 in ppm. How do I convert it to $\large \rm \frac{mg~CO2}{\text{1 g ...
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When multiple sources give the content of an ingredient my an unqualified percentage, can I safely assume this is by weight? Or; it's not a wart

I am trying to make a simple scented shampoo and body soap for my own use and for Christmas gifts. I statr with a base of 32 oz – (a bit under a kg) of a mild commercial castille soap (Dr. Bronner’s ...
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Should I relate the number of moles between substances when converting weight units?

Good day! I graduated from an undergrad degree of chemistry almost 3 years ago but I'm frustrated that I fail to reconcile these things: In gravimetric analysis, to get the correct amount for the ...
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Why are absolute entropies given the units J mol−1 K−1?

I've just started looking at the concept of entropy and can't understand why absolute (or standard molar entropies) are given the units $\pu{J mol^−1 K^−1}$. Could someone explain the rationale for ...
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Convert the lowest IR wavelength to energy in J, frequency in Hz, and wavenumbers in cm-1

Look up the range of wavelengths in nm in the IR region of the electromagnetic spectrum. Convert the lowest IR wavelength to energy in J, frequency in Hz, and wavenumbers in cm-1. I think I’m going ...