I always suggest students to try Google Scholar (scholar.google.com) when a simple Google search fails. I just searched three keywords : alkali metals ammonia solutions and the third result is highly relevant. When your book talks about "in concentrated solution", it means more alkali metal in liquid ammonia. This paper, which you should search in Google ...


Try to get some clay and shake it vigorously with water. Let it settle for a several hours. Test your filter with the supernatant water and collect the filtrate in a very clean glass tumbler. Colloids have an interesting property of scattering light. In a dark room, try to shine light (ordinary flashlight might work or perhaps an ordinary pointer used in ...


In strongly basic solutions, phenolphthalein is converted to its $\ce{In(OH)^3-}$ form, and its pink color undergoes a rather slow fading reaction and becomes completely colorless above $\mathrm{pH}= 13$. wikipedia So the strong alkali is very probable reason, but bleachers or other compounds reacting with phph cannot be eliminated.

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