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Strongest chloride complex as predicted by HSAB theory

Why won't $\ce{Ni^2+}$ form a complex with $\ce{Cl-}$, while the ions $\ce{Cu^2+}$ and $\ce{Co^2+}$ form the complexes $\ce{[CuCl4]^2-}$ and $\ce{[CoCl4]^2-}$? According to the HSAB theory, $\ce{Cl-...
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Ratio of concentrations

I'm studying for my chemistry final and having a hard time with this question on one of the practice exams. Here's the question: At $20$ degreees Celsius, Henry's Law constant for Ar is half of that ...
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Why does nucleophilic substitution of a haloalkane with ammonia produce ammonium, not a hydrogen halide?

For example, $\ce{CH3CHBrCH3}$ reacts with $\ce{:NH_3}$ to make $\ce{CH3CH(NH3^+)CH3 +:Br-}$,$$\ce{CH3CHBrCH3 \rightarrow CH3CH(NH3^+)CH3 +:Br-}$$then reacting again with $\ce{:NH_3}$ to make $\ce{...
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Better understanding the pyrolysis reaction

I'm no chemist, but much of my work revolves around biochar. I've always understood it with the following rough approximation: $$ \ce{CH2O (dry plant matter) + heat -> black carbon + H2 + CO + ...
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How hot can Thermal Grease get?

Thermal Grease is used to remove the air gaps between CPU and heatsink. However, computing aside, what would determine the max temp that the grease can handle before it burns or breaks down?
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What is the maximum pressure that JB Weld can withstand?

JB Weld, a brand name of steel-reinforced epoxy, makes claims of being the "world's strongest bond". What is the maximum pressure it can withstand, and what is it about the interaction between the ...
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Pronunciation of “alkene” vs. “alkyne”

Maybe this is better in English.SE, but I think I'm more likely to get better responses here in the "industry" site. This post got me thinking; how do you pronounce "alkyne" (a hydrocarbon with a ...
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Correct definition of terminal alkynes?

My textbook, Organic Chemistry (6th edition) by Brown, Foote, Iverson, and Anslyn, states: Alkynes in which the triple bond is between carbons 1 and 2 are commonly referred to as terminal alkynes. ...
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What is the titre of a sodium hydroxide-sulfuric acid titration experiment?

So I did for my AS Level exam today a titration experiment, seeing how much sulfuric acid of (I think) about $0.100 - 0.200 \text{ mol dm}^{-3}$, which went in the burette, is needed to react with 0....
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Empirical formula when given percentages?

A binary compound of lead and oxygen contains $90.66 \% \ce{Pb}$. What is the empirical formula for the compound? How do I use the percentage to get to the normal formula, then how do I change the ...
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How to find partial pressures of gases only given their percentages?

How do I find partial pressures if I am only given their percentages? Where do I begin? Example: Assume $\ce{O}=21\%$ , $\ce{N}=78\%$ , $\ce{Ar}=1\%$ by volume. How would I calculate the partial ...
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Reduction by thermionic electrons

Certain reduction reactions require electrons as reducing agents. Is the overlapping of orbitals is necessary for electron transfer? I mean if a element $\ce{X}$ is heated and it gives out thermionic ...
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How to calculate the formal charge of sulfate ion?

I found a site with this formula if you will, Formal Charge = [Number of valence electrons on atom] – [non-bonded electrons + number of bonds] I don't think I am using it correctly in finding the ...
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Figuring out the volume of air trapped inside a bottle of water

I am doing a chemistry lab report on figuring out the volume of air trapped inside a bottle. Here is the procedure: Fill a larger container or tub about half full with tap water Fill a 2 L plastic ...
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Equilibrium constant

I know that equilibrium constant depends on temperature and pressure. But according to Le Chatelier's principle when we change pressure of reagents the equilibrium is the same. Why?
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Why does molten plastic (PLA) stick to metals (AL)?

I know this is broad so I will narrow: Why does molten PLA stick to Aluminum? I ask because I'm looking for a way to prevent/reduce the friction of the plastic inside the aluminum barrel of a 3D ...
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Why does the extent of racemisation in an SN1 reaction depend on the solvent used?

Why is it that the extent of racemisation is greater in an $S_N 1$ reaction caried out using a polar protic solvent but the racemisation is not as extensive if an aprotic solvent is used although the ...
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Is the activation barrier of a reaction related to the free energy or heat of formation of its reactants?

The energy barrier for activation appears in the derivation of a bimolecular reaction through collision or transition state theory, but it seems that from looking at diagram such as this one it seems ...
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How to transform a tertiary alcohol to a carboxyl?

I am trying to transform a lipid with a tertiary alcohol into a carboxylic acid. More specifically, I want to convert to diplopterol (see below) into something homologous to cholesteryl hemisuccinate ...
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Time to effervescent an effervescent tablet

Say I have an effervescent tablet and I put in water. I thought that if I break the tablet in two halves it would dissolve quicker than with the whole table (without breaking), but it actually takes ...
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Thermodynamic Cycle

What is the value for $\Delta_f G^0(\ce{Cl^-}, \ce{aq})$ in this thermodynamic cylce: Do you agree it should be (with the formation free energy of $\ce{H^+} = 0$) $$-\Delta_f G^0(\ce{Cl^-}, \ce{aq}) ...
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Bonding and Antibonding

So I understand, electrons exist in orbitals, mainly s, p, d, f and that when they bond with one another it will form sigma and pi bonds and that whether it bonds in a certain orientation a molecular ...
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Why do aqueous solutions always have to be electrically neutral?

I was reviewing some analytical chemistry and stumbled upon a section that explained the imperfection of using a salt bridge. It said that the using dissimilar ions is a problem because in, for ...
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Electrolysis: Water to Hydrogen gas?

I recently conducted an experiment where I electrolyzed a solution of sodium chloride. I was using a copper coin as the anode, and I observed a pale blue precipitate in the cup when I was done with ...
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Are there any free electrons in metal vapor?

Metals contain free moving electrons, in both the solid and liquid state. Does this happen when it is in vapor form?
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synthesizable functional groups [closed]

I was told in this question: https://chemistry.stackexchange.com/questions/4789/synthesizability-and-energy-minimization-of-a-structure/4791#4791 to [Count the] "number of accessible functional ...
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How do you determine which entity gains or loses an H+ in an equation?

$$\ce{HCO3- (aq) + H2O(l) <=> H2CO3(aq) +OH- (aq)}$$ I do not understand why this makes an Arrhenius base and why it doesn't form: $$\ce{HCO3- (aq) + H2O(l) <=> CO3^2- (aq) +H3O+ (aq)}$$ ...
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I have to write a Python program relating with molecular weight. Any insight?

Write a program that determines the molecular weight of a chemical compound based on the number of hydrogen, carbon, and oxygen atoms in the compound. You should use the following atomic weights: \...
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Approximation of electron density of a small molecule

Starting point for Quantum Theory of Atoms in Molecules (AIM) is the electron density $\rho(r)$. It could be determined experimentally (X-ray diffractions). I want to know how can we estimate them ab ...
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What is the standard heat of formation of the nitrate ion, based on the standard enthalpy of formation of silver nitrate?

Given the standard enthalpy of formation of $\ce{AgNO3(aq)} = \pu{-99 kJ/mol}$ and the standard enthalpy of formation of $\ce{Ag+(aq)} = \pu{+105 kJ/mol}$, what's the standard heat of formation of $\...
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How is this an autocatalytic reaction?

I'm probably missing a simple component of this reaction, but for some reason I not seeing it. These are two steps that compose a radical process of the Briggs-Rauscher reaction (that are ...
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Source of the no. of isomers in alkanes, and other organic molecules [closed]

I would like to ask if there is a source where I can find all the isomers for the alkanes, or other organic molecules. With other words, a list where each molecule of that group is stated in ascending ...
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If electrolysis splits water, why does only either hydrogen or oxygen (but not both) bubble up on one pole?

If electrolysis splits water, then that means that $\ce{H2O}$ is split into $\ce{H}$ and $\ce{OH}$ or $\ce{O}$. How come that if a water molecule is split at e.g. the negative pole (anode), only the ...
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What does the signals in a XPS spectrum mean?

I was trying to figure out the different peaks in a XPS spectrum for Molybdenum, but I could not understand them. About XPS, I know that this technique is based on the binding energy of the electrons ...
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How many electrons are transferred in this redox reaction?

I have the following reaction: $$\ce{CH_4 (g) + 2O_2 (g) \rightarrow CO_2 (g) + 2H_2 O(l)}$$ How do I determine how many electrons are transferred in this reaction? More specifically, I need to know ...
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Melting and boiling points of transition elements

The melting and boiling points of transition elements increases from scandium ($1530~\mathrm{^\circ C}$) to vanadium ($1917~\mathrm{^\circ C}$). They increase because as we go across the group, we ...
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Which d-orbital configurations form an octahedral complex?

With reference to crystal field splitting in octahedral complexes, my textbook shows the following table of distribution of $d$-orbital electrons in octahedral complexes, based on the energy ...
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Why do compounds like SF6 and SF4 exist but SH6 and SH4 don't?

Both $\ce{SF6}$ and $\ce{SH6}$ and $\ce{SF4}$ and $\ce{SH4}$ have the same central atom and the same hybridization, but my teacher specifically mentioned that $\ce{SH6}$ and $\ce{SH4}$ don't exist. I'...
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Diamagnetism in sulfur

Sulfur is a diamagnetic element, meaning that it has no unpaired electrons. But its electronic configuration for valence shell is just like oxygen because they are in the same group i.e ns2, np4. My ...
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What is meant by “no d-orbital”?

Sulfur and oxygen belong to the same group. Sulfur has a vacant d-orbital while oxygen has no vacant d-orbital. What does having "no d-orbital" mean? Orbitals are just the spaces around the atom. ...
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How is hydration free energy of a solute measured experimentally?

I am reading a paper (Shirts, M. R.; and Pitera, J. W. and Swope, W. C. and Pande, V. S. J. Chem. Phys. 2003, 119, 5740-5761). Near the beginning of the paper (page 5745), the authors state: ...
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How many of different types of chemical species are in a certain volume of aqueous solution of an acid

The acid in question has $\mathrm{p}K_\mathrm{a}$ about 1.29. Density of 98% w/w solution is $d=\pu{1.323 g/cm^3}$. I would like to find the number of undissociated acid molecules ($\ce{HX}$), water ...
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Why do sodium halides react so differently with sulfuric acid?

Why do sodium halides react so differently with sulfuric acid? \begin{align} \ce{NaF + H2SO4 &-> NaHSO4 + HF} \tag{1a}\label{NaF}\\ \ce{NaCl + H2SO4 &-> NaHSO4 + HCl} \tag{...
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Books for a very advanced 3rd grader (elementary school) [duplicate]

My daughter is a 3rd grader, but she reads at 8th grade level, and she is 2 grade levels ahead in math. She reads everything she gets her hands on. She took some chemistry activities, and she loved ...
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Why do we need to incubate this system for 18 hours at 60 degrees Celsius?

I am conducting a bio-chemistry related experiment and I have been unable to understand a step which is commonly performed. The procedure that is confusing me is outlined in the supporting information,...
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Why is there a charge on COOH⁻¹?

The dissociation of formic acid ($\ce{HCOOH}$) is: $$ \ce{HCOOH -> H+ + COOH-} $$ Why is there a charge on $\ce{COOH^{-1}}$ though? Is it achieved through: $$1\times(\ce{C^{4+}}) + 2\times(\ce{O^...
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Removing wine stains from a decanter

I have a decanter which I use fairly often to pour out wines. I typically rinse it with hot water after the last wine has come out, but I cannot prevent it from forming 'residual' wine stains over ...
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Chemically removing rust without leaving any unwanted residues

I have this iron pan that got rusty from not being properly dried. Scrubbing it I was able to get rid of most of the rust, but there's still some I just can't remove. I thought I could chemically ...
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Glassware Test Instruments CAD blocks library

I am designing a fairly simple distillation for dichloromethane. Being an engineer I feel more comfortable working with precise dimensions of both the separate glass vessels (condensers, evaporators, ...
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When is it okay to use $Q=mc\Delta T$, is this equation only for calorimetry questions?

When is it okay to use $Q=mc\Delta T$, is the equation only for calorimetry questions? When a question talks about heat how do I know if i'm measuring $\Delta H$ or Q?

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