Questions tagged [water]

For questions relating to water (H₂O), specifically its structure, properties, and uses in chemistry. For questions not about water but rather about solutions in water, use tags [aqueous-solution] or [solubility] instead.

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Method to find out the amount of solvent replaced by another solvent

So I am performing a relatively simple coprecipitation experiment to synthesize ceramics. All my precursors are in aqueous solutions. But due to the high surface tension of water, drying the water is ...
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Thermal decomposition of steam to hydrogen and oxygen; at what temperature is half decomposed and how to calculate?

In comments below this answer in Space Exploration SE I've said: (Wikipedia) says that dissociating water costs about 4.4 eV per bond. If 𝑘𝐵𝑇= 4.4 eV and $k_B$ is 8.617E-05 eV/K then that ...
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Ionic content of different samples of water

So I was reading about impurities of in water and I have a question in mind: So say we have Distilled Water , Deionized Water , Tap Water and Soft water which was softening using dowex resin or any ...
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Precipitation of water-insoluble materials from shower or laundry greywater

I am currently working on a project to build a filter that aims to separate or salt out the 'dirt' in shower or laundry greywater. The ideal result from this chemical reaction will be such that the '...
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Order of magnitude of ions in water [closed]

My book says water has approximately $\pu{3.35E28 molecules/m^3}$ and that only a small part of water molecules are dissociated to $\ce{H+}$ and $\ce{OH-}$ ions and that the approximate amount of ...
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How to dispose of NaOH solution? [closed]

I have a range of sodium hydroxide solutions with different concentrations. (from 1.0 mol dm^-3 to 0.5 mol dm^-3). The max volume of each is 100ml. How can you easily dispose of these? Can I pour them ...
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How to calculate Revelle factor using only pH, DIC and TAlk for seawater?

I have the temperature, salinity, $\mathrm{pH},$ dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) and total alkalinity (TAlk) values for an estuarine water sample. I want to calculate the Revelle factor. The Revelle ...
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Is an ion or a polar molecule more attracted to water in general? [closed]

I realize that there are exceptions but as a general rule of thumb, is an ion or a polar molecule attracted to water? I think that it would be ions since the charge is much larger than the net dipole ...
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Ratio of Water to Isopropyl Alcohol? [closed]

I am looking for a very simple formula to calculate the ratio of water to 99% isopropyl alcohol that I need to prepare a solution with a density of 0.925 g/cm3. I am assuming there is one.
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Factors affecting hardness of water - EDTA titration

I am thinking of doing a project involving EDTA complexometric titration to determine the hardness of the water. I am not sure if the pH will affect the hardness of the water. If it did, I would ...
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Finding pH of acid in water [closed]

How would you find the pH of an acid dissolved in water? Would you need to take the fact that the pH of water is already 7 into account and go on from there? Say, for example, that you add 0.0500 mL ...
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Why are wet things harder to ignite than dry things? [closed]

Specifically wood and paper and other hydrocarbons, but not necessarily excluding other things that burn. We all know wet wood is very hard to ignite. Wetness here refers to water. But why is that ...
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Liquid alternative to alcohol to lower density of water

I am trying to create a suspension of polypropylene particles in a water based liquid. I want the density of the liquid to be more than or equal to the density of polypropylene (855 - 946 kg/m3) so ...
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UK - Testing for Tap Water

Water is pooling in my garden next to my neighbour's fence. He has been harassing us in multiple ways for 8 years. It is the only place on my property where this is happening. It has never happened ...
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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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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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Why does boiled water have a different taste as compared to cool water? [closed]

I have noticed it frequently and decided to check with some of my peers and friends about this and they too have felt such a thing. The taste comparison occurs after the boiled water is cooled down to ...
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Ventilating combustion byproducts in water heaters

I'm designing a system which will heat up water by burning natural gas which is commonly available. I would like to have a slow flame because water will need to reach $\mathrm{70^\circ C}$ and stay ...
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Will charcoal briquettes (not activated) absorb water out of the air in the house in a subtropical climate?

I live in Florida, an incredibly wet environment where it's very difficult to get moisture out of house without using a dehumidifier 24/7, which is too expensive. Would charcoal briquettes be of any ...
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Is Phosphate (PO4 3-) solube in water? [closed]

Josh~ Superphosphate is used instead of just phosphate because superphosphate is a compound whereas phosphate is an ion. This means that phosphate must attach itself with a cation in order to give a ...
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Dissolving sand (or something similar) in a bottle of water?

I would like to create an illustration to demonstrate something during a talk. The idea goes that there is sediment in a bottle of water that sits at the bottom until shaken up then adding another ...
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Does water really have strong EM absorption at 3 kHz in solid and 2 GHz in liquid? Why the huge shift?

While writing this answer to the question Transmitter receiver coil separation for Electromagnetic Terrain Conductivity Measurement I ran across this large PDF file of a book Soil and Environmental ...
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Can the light reaction of photosynthesis happen spontaneous in pools of water?

I've just learnt that a part of the photosynthesis reaction is the light reaction, where sunlight is absorbed by chloroplasts, which then excites electrons to higher energy levels, allowing for water ...
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coffee concentrate and water separated after 2 hours. How/why?

I'm asking because this makes no sense to me and making sure I'm not stupid. I brewed 10 gallons of cold brew concentrate(TDS 12.2) and mixed it with 10 gallons of water. I moved 10 gallons of the ...
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Will sodium thiosulfate react with nitrate and/or nitrite ions [closed]

I am doing nitrate and nitrite quantification in raw water and treated water using a colorimetric method. The manufacturer of the instrument states that water with chloride will interfere with the ...
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Metering Device decreases pressure yet produces saturated liquid?

This question pertains to the change of state of liquid using a Metering Device as the refrigerant enters an Evaporator Coil of an HVAC system: The Metering Device takes liquid and then reduces the ...
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Issue with evaporation rate of water

The evaporation rate of water (kg/s) is given by: $$g = \frac{P}{P_o} AΘ$$ Where $P$ is given in Pascals and $A$ is the surface area (in $m^2$) and $Θ$ is the empirical evaporation coefficient: $$Θ = ...
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Temperature and pressure for three phase equilibrium of aqueous sodium chloride solutions

I am currently investigating the effect of adding Salt(NaCl) to water on its triple point. Let us assume the mass ratio of water to NaCl is $1:1$. I asked a similar question previously. But, I still ...
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How do you remove lumps in reagents without contaminating them?

I think desiccating the powdered reagent would help remove lumps (at least in preventing lump neoformation) but would desiccation alone collapse all lumps in a powder (say KCl as it lumps easily), or ...
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Does adding solutes to water alter its triple point? [closed]

Does adding solutes to water alter its triple point? If yes, how do we find the new temperature and pressure of this point?
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Reaction of potassium with water

In general, when we put potassium into water, it will produce potassium hydroxide and hydrogen: $\ce{2K + 2H2O ⟶2KOH + H2}$ However isn't the following reaction also possible? $\ce{2K + H2O ⟶K2O + ...
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If carbon dioxide is non polar, why does it react with water?

I’ve read in many places that carbon dioxide forms carbonic acid with water since the carbon is partially positive and thus the oxygen bonds with it. But isn’t carbon dioxide in its entirety non polar ...
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Why does H2O electrolysis produce O2 on the anode instead of H2O2

If the oxidation of $\ce{H2O}$ produces $\ce{OH-}$ ions and the anode separates electrons from them leaving neutral $\ce{OH}$ molecules, why don't they bind to each other covalently?
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Mechanism of burning of hydrogen [duplicate]

So I was curious regarding a simple chemical equation : $$\ce{2 H2 + O2 -> 2 H2O}$$ You add heat to the system (i.e fire) and you get water vapor. I'm curious of understanding the mechanism, ...
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Can caustic soda (sodium hydroxide) be used to dissolve urine odour?

I have an area of artificial grass at home in the back garden and during the summer months, the area emits a smell which I can only think is from the dog's urine when he pees all year long. The smell ...
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What would superionic water ice look like?

Phys.org's Giant lasers crystallize water with shockwaves, revealing the atomic structure of superionic ice links to Nature Physics: Experimental evidence for superionic water ice using shock ...
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Is it possible to raise pH in RO water without Na, Mg, K, Ca, S addition?

Maybe the question in the title is simple (=stupid) and the answer is 'simple No' but I have the urge to ask. Some background, I have an aquarium which I use RO water and I use some portions of $\ce{...
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When it rains, it puddles. Spilled salt cycles between wet and dry with humidity. Is this akin to a phase change?

I have some spilled un-iodized table salt (NaCl). It is very humid where I live, and when it gets very humid for a few days, the salt absorbs so much water that it becomes a puddle of (probably) ...
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What is the range of values of n in [Cu(NH3)4(H2O)n]SO4?

My textbook represents the copper ion as "tetraaminecopper(II) sulfate-1-water", so I assumed that this complex ion has only 1 water of crystallization. Then, in the Wikipedia article, they represent ...
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Why mixing water with ethanol produces heat energy? [closed]

Sorry if I'm asking something stupid but I'm trying to understand where this energy gets from. As far as I could find, it is not a reaction as both chemicals left unchanged, so it might have something ...
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What happens when para-water ice is suddenly melted?

Background (hydrogen) In the case of recently liquified hydrogen (which is quite cold of course) it must be re-equilibrated before loading on to a rocket as fuel to avoid a sudden exothermic ...
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Degree of Hardness Numerical

To remove the temporary hardness from $5\ \mathrm L$ of $\ce{H2O}$ $5.6\ \mathrm{mg}$ of lime is required. Calculate the degree of hardness due to $\ce{Ca(HCO3)2}$ present in water. My attempt: $$ \...
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Would the change in enthalpy (ΔH) for the dissolution of urea in water be positive or negative?

To test the properties of a fertilizer, $15.0\ \mathrm g$ of urea, $\ce{NH2CONH2(s)}$, is dissolved in $150\ \mathrm{mL}$ of water in a simple calorimeter. A temperature change from $20.6\ \mathrm{^\...
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Why does energy need to be “compensated” in order for solvation to occur?

I am currently learning about the physical properties of alcohols. I understand that the main intermolecular forces between alcohols and water are hydrogen bonds. When these two are mixed, the ...
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Electrolysis of water: Which equations to use? (IB Chem)

There is a list of standard electrode potentials at 298 K from the p. 23 of IB Data Booklet 2016. Which of the following equations (forward/backward reactions), from the two possible ones involving ...
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Carbonic acid, bicarbonate in water [closed]

When you add CO2 into water, carbonic acid is created. From carbonic acid (H2CO3), HCO3 + H is formed. When CO2, and H2CO3 leave the water, does HCO3 leave as well, often measure as kH, carbonate ...
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Cp vs Cv for liquid water @ < 4 °C

I'm looking at a textbook question (Engel & Reid, Thermodynamics, Statistical Thermodynamics & Kinetics, 4 ed, Q3.1) which states the following: The heat capacity $C_{\mathrm m,p}$ is less ...
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Why doesn't open-chain glucose react with water readily in aqueous solution?

Though the exact number given varies from 0.02% to 3%, it's well agreed that glucose spends a very small percentage of its time in aqueous solution as a linear aldehyde. Glucose's overwhelming ...
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Difference in properties of water as ligand vs 'in lattice'

I'm trying to understand the difference in properties between water in crystals in different positions in the lattice. In this wikipedia article It quotes: Both notations can be combined as for ...
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What are we seeing in this AC salt-water copper-wire experiment?

There's a highly watched video on YouTube by "ElectroBoom" on the effects of passing AC (not DC) current through salt water. The water gets cloudy and at the end of the video we can see one of the ...

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