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The other answers provide valuable insight into what actually happens and are very helpful in understanding the chemistry behind it. But to correctly answer the question, a much more basic understanding of chemistry (and how tests work) would suffice. Let's look at what is given in the Question: Nickel sulfate, NiSO4(aq) is a green solution. Nickel ...


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Tetrakis(triphenylphosphano)palladium(0) or $\ce{[Pd(PPh3)4]}$ is a common catalyst in organic chemistry that features a palladium(0) core with four triphenylphosphane ligands. It is a bright yellow, sometimes described as canary yellow. See the image below (taken from Wikipedia, where a full list of authors is available); however, I feel the picture doesn’t ...


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Jan already gave a great answer explaining the real chemistry behind this, which you and your daughter should absolutely read. This answer also makes the point that the question is poorly worded and could be contested on that basis—that is absolutely true, but unfortunately rather common in high school chemistry courses. In high school chemistry, one ...


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The question is really badly worded. For starters, let’s look at solutions of nickel(II): Figure 1: Nickel(II) solutions. From left to right: $\ce{[Ni(NH3)6]^2+}$, $\ce{[Ni(en)3]^2+}$, $\ce{[NiCl4]^2-}$, $\ce{[Ni(H2O)6]^2+}$. Image taken from Wikipedia, where a full list of authors is available. You can ignore the left two but the rightmost is a standard ...


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Anhydrous nickel chloride is yellow. However most simple divalent salts of nickel are green. This should be good enough for high school. The question is poorly worded because it is ambiguous (hopefully the textbook will improve it). If they discuss metal complexes it can be mentioned that $\ce{[Ni(H2O)6]^2+}$ is green in color.


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All metals look black or dark when presented as a sufficiently thin powder. The metals display their color only when the dimension of the grain is greater than the wavelength of the light, namely 400 to 700 nm. This is about 1000 times bigger than the atoms. When prepared from a precipitation reaction, the metal atoms are never arranged neatly in a regular ...


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