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How did scientists even count the mole? It is an enormous number [duplicate]

Or did they estimate the number? After all, it is impossible to locate and contain precisely that much atoms. Or was it arbitrary?
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Comparing the Energy Levels of Diatomic Molecules

If we have a set of diatomic molecules consisting of a common element (F atom) and the other atoms belong to the same group (alkaline-earth atoms); which are: BeF, MgF, CaF, SrF, and BaF. We want to ...
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Why is the melting point of an object inversly proportional to pressure?

In my science book it is written that as the pressure increases the melting point of a solid decreases but i think that it is wrong as the pessure will make the molecules stick together instead of ...
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What causes “stringy” melted cheese (and similar behavior in other materials)? [migrated]

I was wondering about this. What is the physics underlying the "stringy" consistency of melted cheese? That is, when the melted cheese is hot, and it is pulled apart, it forms strings of cheese. This ...
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What is the largest atom with a reliable configuration-interaction (CI) calculation?

The simplest approximation for calculating the ground state of an atom is the Hartree-Fock approximation. To get accurate result for the ground state energy, one has to do configuration-interaction ...
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How much am I floating above the chair I am sitting on? [duplicate]

The electrostatic repulsion between me and the chair keeps me hovering above the chair at all times. What is the average distance that exists between any two everyday object due to electrostatic ...
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Why is the water diamagnetic?

I checked using my permanent magnet that water is diamagnetic. But why is it like that? Does this have any important consequence for life?
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Why is the photoelectric absorption coefficient finite at the threshold frequency?

I mean the photoelectric effect of the hydrogen atom. It is weird. By the Fermi golden rule, the transition or absorption rate is proportional to the density of the final states. At threshold, the ...
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How did Lord Rayleigh find the volume fraction of argon to air?

In order to isolate for pure nitrogen, Lord Rayleigh and his colleagues took some air and removed oxygen, carbon dioxide, and water vapour, leaving behind what he believed to be pure nitrogen. In ...
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Physics involved in the DNA-structure discovery

In 1962 Francis Crick, James Dewey Watson and Maurice Hugh Frederick Wilkins won the Nobel Prize: For their discoveries concerning the molecular structure of nucleic acids and its significance for ...
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How do atoms in a solid “communicate” force to each other?

What is the mechanism that carries and communicates force in a solid, on the atomic level? Is there some other mechanism besides atomic deformation and proximity? That is, if I had an infinitely ...
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Why is the spectrum of a blue flame the way it is?

In the spectrum of the blue part in a candle flame, there’s a violet emission at 432 nm due to excited CH* molecules (chemiluminescence). Why 432? Why not 400 or 500? There are emissions at 436, 475 ...
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If we cut an object in half and touch the two halves together, why do the bonds not reform automatically?

A friend recently posed this question to me: let us take an arbitrary object and cut it into two pieces (not necessarily equal in any way). If we touch the two pieces back together so the object ...
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What is the resonant frequency of liquid water?

I learned it's not 2.45 GHz. But what is it, then? In my failure to find the real value, I'm starting to wonder: does it even make sense talking about a resonant frequency of water molecules?
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Why isn't in counting the no. of degrees of freedom, rotation about the axis running down the length of the molecule counted?

I was reading about the Equipartition Theorem. Then I got the following quotations from my books: A diatomic molecule like oxygen can rotate about two different axes. But rotation about the axis ...
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To what fraction of the speed-of-light has any multi-atom molecule (or polyatomic ion) been accelerated?

Of course photons go $c$ in a vacuum, and seems there's data on electrons getting to $0.999999999976c$ and protons to $0.99999912c$. For the twins paradox to be plausible, one of the twins must ...
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Book recommendation for atomic & molecular physics

What are some books for a sophomore undergraduate about atomic & molecular physics?
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Is it possible to get the (Pauli) repulsive term in the Lennard-Jones potential from theoretical considerations?

Title says it: Is it possible to get the form of the (Pauli) repulsive term in the Lennard-Jones potential from theoretical considerations, or is it purely found experimentally through fits?
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What exactly is cutting with a knife will look like on the atomic scale? [duplicate]

Some times I like to view the world in the microscopic scale .ie. at this level all objects any thing will be collection of atoms which we normally don't view with our naked eye. At that scale I ...
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Why is the potential minimum of a molecule shifted towards greater nucleii separation for excited electron states?

I know it has to do with symmetry of the wave function, but I am having trouble piecing it all together. For a positive H ion we have a symmetric wave function $\psi_{+}$, which base functions ...
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Why is the bottom part of a candle flame blue?

What’s the explanation behind the bottom part of a candle flame being blue? I googled hard in vain. I read this. I don’t understand how it’s explained by the emission of excited molecular radicals in ...
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How to understand this symmetry in the wavefunctions of a diatomic molecule?

In Wikipedia (and elsewhere), a particular symmetry of the quantum system of a diatomic molecule is mentioned: symmetry under reflection along a plane containing the internuclear axis. The ...
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Relation between sound waves and air molecules

The following was written in my book When sound waves travel in air, air molecules do not move. When wind blows,air molecules move. This produces variation in velocity of sound waves. The first ...
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Why does the surface structure of a metal make it hydrophobic?

I was just reading this article from phys.org describing water-repellant surfaces. However the article doesn't go into enough details of explaining why a particular structure repels the water. Can ...
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Unknown magnetic moment of orthohydrogen

Conforming to present atomic physics, the two elementary particles in hydrogen atoms can have either parallel or antiparallel magnetic moments, and the energy differences between these two kinds of ...
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Bond Angle in a water molecule

I recently started up reaching up on the Feynman lectures on Physics and in Vol I,Chap 1-2,Feynman states that the bond angle between the hydrogen and oxygen atom is 105° 3′. I know that the bond ...
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Why molecules in this potential have a common average distance $r_m$ to their neighbors?

A commonly used potential describing intermolecular interactions in liquids and real gases is the so-called Lennard-Jones potential. In this model the interaction of atoms and molecules with each ...
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What is “Lifetime Intensity” in photoluminescence?

I'm reading an article "Surface plasmon enhanced Förster resonance energy transfer between the CdTe quantum dots". Link The reasearchers are writing about increase in "lifetime intensity" and even ...
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Para and ortho hydrogen angular momentum values

In Wikipedia, it is said that: Orthohydrogen, with symmetric nuclear spin functions, can only have rotational wavefunctions that are antisymmetric with respect to permutation of the two protons. ...
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The distance between touching objects

What is the distance between, say, a cup of coffee and the table it rests on? What is the distance between two touching hands?
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What is the difference between the shapes of molecules with different isotopes

I'll explain my question on example of water molecule. Let us have three water molecules: normal water $H_2 O$, heavy water $D_2 O$ and semiheavy water $HDO$. Is there any difference between the ...
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Why is graphene the only (stable) 2D sheet structure? [duplicate]

I know that Carbon molecules can form different structures depending on how they bond with each other: graphite, diamond, graphene and fullerene. As far as I understand, graphene is just a "sheet" of ...
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What methods exist to calculate the density of states in the continuum of a molecule?

Say I have an arbitrary molecule in the Born-Oppenheimer approximation, and furthermore say that I can approximate the molecule as having only one active electron. What methods exist to calculate the ...
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How many wavefunctions are in a minimal basis set for benzene?

I am reading Modern Quantum Chemistry by Szabo and Ostlund and on page 62 he says "A minimal basis set for benzene consists of 72 spin orbitals." I tried to understand this number but failed. ...
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How does a knife cut things at the atomic level?

As the title says. It is common sense that sharp things cut, but how do they work at the atomical level?
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Books on collision probability and collision processes

Are there any books specifically on collision processes between atoms and molecules and collision probability? I would like to get an overview of the factors that determine collision probability ...
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Vibrationing molecules/atoms and the effect

If the molecules/atoms of a solid object vibrate quickly enough, would the way a human eye perceives that object be changed? Would the object appear to "flicker" or have almost a transparent look to ...
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Photon striking a molecule and getting reflected

I am writing a simple simulator which simulate absorption of UV light in solution. The idea is to see if I can see Beer-Lambert laws in my model. It is not intended to be a precise simulator but ...
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Wigner Threshold law in Photodetachment and Photoionization

I am writing this question here because I have a problem in understanding the Wigner Threshold law in Photodetachment and Photoionization. The Wigner Threshold Law is given by: $\sigma$=$E^{L+1/2}$. ...
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XCrysDen Structure file [closed]

Does anyone know how to directly convert a .cif file to a Xcryden structure file(.xsf) ? I know how to extract the lattice vectors and the atom positions from a .cif file, but don't whether the .cif ...
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Thermal Velocity

What is thermal velocity? What is it's physical significance? Wikipedia says: The thermal velocity or thermal speed is a typical velocity of the thermal motion of particles which make up a gas, ...
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How fast do molecules move in objects?

I guess it depends on the heat or the type of the material but can you give some examples or formulas to calculate it ? The best example would be the average speed of the air molecules (all types in ...
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matrix elements of the electronic molecular Hamiltonian between a hartree product and a Slater determinant

This may belong in Chemistry, but I thought I might try my luck here first. In Szabo's book, an exercise requires a proof that = (N!)^(1/2) * given that |K(HP)> is the Hartree product wave ...
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Measuring Atomic Radius of a Noble Gas

How exactly can you measure the atomic radius of a noble gas such as Neon or Helium accurately? Would liquefaction help? I also heard that the aforementioned gases are the only common elements which ...
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Hot water freezing faster than cold water

This question has puzzled me for a long time. There is already a question like this on Physics.SE. John's answer to the question seems quite satisfying. But when I googled the cause I found this and ...
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Why photoelectron imaging is a 'complete' measurement?

In many articles and books, it says that photoelectron imaging gives a 'complete' information. What is mean by 'complete' measurement or a 'complete' information? Through photoelectron imaging ...
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What is is a molecular/microscopic explanation for why a balloon rises in water?

If we consider a balloon full of air submerged in water then we all know that it will rise rapidly. I am having trouble understanding this at the level of individual molecules of air and water. What ...
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What is a covalent bond?

What is a covalent bond, quantum mechanically? How does it hold the two atoms together, and at one point can you qualify the electron as being shated between two atoms, versus feeling attractive ...
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Covalent Bonds, Varities and Limits!

Related:http://chemistry.stackexchange.com/q/9459/ I was wondering, covalent bonds tend to share two electrons, apparently rarely more than three, and normally between two electrons. Can someone give ...