# All Questions

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### Why do Magnesium and Lithium form *covalent* organometallic compounds?

Lithium and magnesium are Group 1 and Group 2 elements respectively. Elements of these groups are highly ionic, and I've never heard of them forming significantly covalent inorganic compounds. Yet ...
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### By what reaction does (–)-sparteine decompose in ambient conditions?

In its pure form (–)-sparteine is an only-slightly-yellow clear, viscous liquid. Yet, after only a week of being kept in dry, normal atmosphere (in a round bottom flask covered by a septa), some of it ...
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### Is soap the natural form of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate?

I was told that "Sodium Tallowate, sodium cocoate and sodium palm kernelate are the 'natural' forms of SLS". Is this true? I thought "natural" SLS would be SLS derived from a natural product such as ...
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### What is it about the relationship between the Fe²⁺ and Fe³⁺ in magnetite that makes it diamagnetic?

Hematite is composed of $\ce{Fe2O3}$, and is paramagnetic, whereas magnetite is $\ce{Fe3O4}$ and is diamagnetic. Magnetite's nature is due to the presence of both $\ce{Fe^{2+}}$ and $\ce{Fe^{3+}}$ (...
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### Why is AgCl less soluble than AgNO₃?

Related: Reaction between silver nitrate and aluminum chloride Experimentally, $\ce{AgCl}$ is insoluble in water, but $\ce{AgNO3}$ is soluble. They're pretty common in a lab (well, $\ce{AgCl}$ is a ...
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### what kind of suspension liquid should be used with ferrofluid (so it does not stain the glass)

Please take a look at the following video: I am working on a new project, and I need to find whats the best liquid to hold ferrofluid inside the glass (or maybe even plastic) container, so that ...
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### How long does it take to run a MS/MS experiment

I am not planning to do these types of experiments but I would like to know the order of magnitude of the time it takes to run an LC-MS/MS experiment. Let's assume that I have the sample prep (protein)...
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### Solution based measurement of Solvent-Accessible Surface Area of macromolecules

The Solvent-Accessible Surface Area (SASA) is a valuable metric for looking at protein folding and protein-protein interactions. However, this measurement is typically done by calculating the SASA ...
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### Why is slush hydrogen at the triple point?

Slush hydrogen is a mixture of liquid and solid hydrogen at the triple point considered as a possible vehicle fuel. What is the need of having it at the triple point? Couldn't any other set of ...
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### What's the difference between precipitate and turbidity?

In many tests for various radicals, a "<color> precipitate" or "<color> turbidity" is mentioned. For example, lead ...
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### Why are strong acids and bases not suitable as primary standards?

This is one of the questions with which I have puzzled over, and can arrive at no definite conclusion. Why are strong acids or bases, such as $\ce{H2SO4}$,$\ce{ HNO3}$, $\ce{HCl}$, and $\ce{NaOH}$ not ...
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### Temperature of pure oxygen combustion [closed]

What is the temperature of pure oxygen being combusted? I was wondering about it.
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### Rotation energy barrier for carboxypyrazolate

In this molecule, which is 3,5-dimethyl-4-carboxypyrazolate (unless I got it wrong): I do not think there is free rotation around the bond indicated in red, because one can write a resonance ...
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### How to understand this form of writing the solution: (some salt • n H₂O)?

For example — "high purity chloride salt of Zinc $(\ce{ZnCl2.2H2O})$" or "various concentrations of $\ce{FeCl2.4H2O}$". What does the number before $\ce{H2O}$ mean?
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### Reaction between silver nitrate and aluminum chloride

I googled a bit about what $\ce{AgNO3 + AlCl3}$ will yield and found out the following: $\ce{3AgNO3 + AlCl3 -> Al(NO3)3 + 3AgCl}$ Why is that? I know that $\ce{Ag}$ is higher up in the reactivity ...
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### Why does gum get harder to chew after a while?

My Sister asked me this: "Why is it that when we chew gum, it is soft and mushy to begin with , but slowly gets firmer and firmer like after 20 mins of chewing?" I think it is because when we ...
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### What does the charge distribution around a Stone-Wales defect look like?

I'm reading a book on carbon nanotubes (P.J.F. Harris, Carbon Nanotube Science, to be specific) at the moment and puzzling about Stone-Wales or 5775 defects. This is where two adjacent carbons undergo ...
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### Is the Springborg 6D phase space model used in modern molecular orbital modeling?

In a series of papers in the early 1980s, Michael Springborg explored an interpretation of the Wigner phase space function as an electron density in a six-dimensional $(q,p)$ phase space. He applied ...
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### Is iron in the brown ring compound in a +1 oxidation state?

In the standard brown ring test for the nitrate ion, the brown ring complex is: $$\ce{[Fe(H2O)5(NO)]^{2+}}$$ In this compound, the nitrosyl ligand is positively charged, and iron is in a $+1$ ...
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### How to compute molecular formula?

I have the following question to solve: Tungsten, $\ce{W}$, and chlorine, $\ce{Cl}$, form a series of compounds with the following compositions: \begin{array}{rr} \text{Mass % W} & \text{...
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### Predict XPS Spectrum of Organic Monolayers on a Semiconductor

X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) is a particularly useful technique for examining the surfaces of all sorts of materials. Organic monolayers are particularly difficult to characterize completely ...
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### How is silica bead bonded into polystyrene?

What kind of bonds silica bead forms with polystyrene? Silica is now as ~100 $\mu$m spherical particles in bulk polystyrene that is made by melting. How can I bond the silica particles more tightly ...
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### Has QTPIE ever been applied to 1D metals such as polyacetylene?

QTPIE is a fluctuating charge model that substantially improves modeling of polarization and charge transfer. I was curious whether it has ever been applied to 1D metals such as polyacetylene to ...
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### How are $\sigma$ and $\sigma^\pm$ determined in Hammett plots?

The Hammett plot is commonly invoked in organic chemistry to reason about the plausibility (or implausibility) of various reaction mechanisms. The vertical axis is essentially the logarithm of an ...
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### Why are there no edge dislocations in a face-centered cubic (FCC) lattice?

In crystallography, we know that the Burgers vector is parallel to the dislocation direction in a screw dislocation, and perpendicular in a edge dislocation. Furthermore, I have in my lecture notes "...
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### Why are the majority of cleaning solutions basic?

When testing for pH for common household cleaning products, such as dishwasher fluid, I noticed that majority of them tend to be basic? Why is that? Do acid make good cleaning solutions as well?
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### What is the difference between an angular and linear skeletal formula?

When drawing a skeletal formula, what is the difference between an angular version and a linear version? I was asked to draw the Z isomer of Resveratrol: For which I drew: However the markscheme ...
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### Why are equations of state for a non-ideal gas so elusive?

The ideal gas equation (daresay "law") is a fascinating combination of the work of dozens of scientists over a long period of time. I encountered Van der Waals interpretation for non-ideal gases ...
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### Why does activated carbon preferentially adsorb anions?

Brands like Brita and Pur (in the U.S.) have made a name for themselves for the ability of their product (essentially a large-pore filter with activated carbon/charcoal) to extract the added chlorine ...
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### Not your ordinary hard water deposit

We have a well that delivers hard water and we do not have a water softener. (There was a “green sand filter” that utilizes permanganate to oxidize other metals on the system, but it has been ...
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### Why does ice cream make soda fizz?

I've noticed that adding a chunk of ice cream to soda makes the soda fizz slightly near the soda-ice cream interface. I thought it was a physical effect due to the temperature, but adding ice has no ...
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### How does one recognized Td/Oh symmetry in molecules?

The identification of point groups of a molecule is usually done following a strict scheme, either manually or algorithmically. In all textbooks I could find, however, the first step of the scheme is ...
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### When simulating spectral line broadening, which convolution is preferred?

Many computational chemistry packages permit the calculation of vibrational and electronic spectra. These spectra are obtained as a set of discrete eigenvalues however they are often convolved with ...
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### Definitions of autocatalysis

Is there a formal definition or algorithm that can take a list of reactions and tell me whether it contains a set of species that can produce itself autocatalytically? It is clear that the following ...