Study of macroscopic and microscopic phenomena in chemical systems in terms of physical laws and concepts [thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, kinetic theory, quantum mechanics...].

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Molecules from atoms [closed]

Why does two oxygen atoms combine to form a molecule and not 3 or 4?Also why does one sodium and one chlorine atom combine to form NaCl while two chlorine atoms are required to combine with one ...
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Correlation energy - is it the difference between the Hartree-Fock energy and exact energy, or Hartree-Fock PE and exact PE?

For some reason I can't find anything stating it either way explicitly. What I'm talking about is this. Is this difference referring to potential energies or just energies in general? I assume it's ...
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Why water expands when freezes? [duplicate]

I'm sure this is for most of you a basic question, but it really puzzles me: How it is that, even though all materials expand as they get warmer, and contract (maybe these are not the correct terms) ...
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Atomic orbitals

I just studied atomic orbitals in a theoretical QM class, and I'm left with several questions, that are probably more questions in quantum chemistry: Many orbitals seem to have a preferred axis - ...
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Why does sunlight cause colors to fade?

If you leave something outside, its colors seem to inevitably fade or bleach due to exposure. Is this due to UV absorption? What sort of mechanism causes this - is it that man-made dyes deform on a ...
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Why do corpses come back to water surfaces after sinking at first?

I want to know that why do dead bodies or corpses come back to the water surface after being sunk at first by the use of stones or anything. For what I can understand, I think it's due to water ...
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Question regarding NaCl equilibrium separation

So I am tutoring someone later and one of the problems is from Eisberg/Resnick Ch 12. The potential energy $V$ of NaCl can be described emperically by $$V = \frac{-e^2}{4\pi\epsilon_0 ...
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Questions about the strange character of antimatter

Its been a few days and i have just been introduced to the concept of antimatter. Every Speck of matter in the world has its anti form basically that we have antimatter whenever we have matter. But I ...
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What compounds or elements only have one phase or two phases?

Wood appears to be one. I think gases like helium and hydrogen cannot exist in the solid state under normal pressures, correct? And why do those "phase cheaters"-- those elements/compounds which ...
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What is the work-function of a monolayer metal on a substrate with charge redistribution at the interface?

The work-function on subsrate/metal with nm thick (or above) metal layer generally reveal the intrinsic work-funtion of bulk metal. But what if there is a monolayer thick metal, and there is charge ...
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Square of velocity = 2 times temperature times specific heat capacity ; seems too tidy [closed]

So I did some algebra and came up with the following $v^2 = 2Tc$ where $ v = $ average velocity of the particles $ T = $ tempreture $ c = $ specific heat capacity but this seems too tidy
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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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Whats the maximum number of electrons that can fit into the outer shell of boron?

Whats the maximum number of electrons that can fit into the outer shell of boron? Like silicon has 4 electrons in the outer shell but the maximum it can hold is 8 electrons so whats the maximum number ...
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Does O$^{2-}$ really exist?

In chemistry it is common sense that we have O$^{2-}$. But from a physical point of view, does O$^{2-}$ really exist as a negative ion? I mean, as an isolated ion. It is not apparent that a neutral ...
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How is the number of electrons in an atom found?

I was wondering, what type of experiments were held to identify the number of electrons in an atom? (For example, how do we say that carbon has 6 electrons and magnesium 12.) I would like someone to ...
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Reaction Energy

Is the energy involved in exothermic and endothermic chemical reactions positive, negative, neutral, or something else? As in, what does it affect/come from (neutrons, protons, electrons)? Does it ...
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Have scientists always known that the Sun was not a fuel+air system?

Astronomy is far older than nuclear physics. So there was a long time in which fire was a reasonable explanation for the sun burning. Has any scientist figured out the sun cannot possibly be a normal ...
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Chemical reaction A+B$\leftrightarrow$C. Equilibrium VS Non Equilibrium

Could you please confirm or say why I am wrong? Let us consider the steady state of the chemical reaction $A+B \leftrightarrow^{k_+}_{k_-} C$, with $k_+$ and $k_-$ the forward and backward rates. ...
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What happens if a free radical is placed in absolute vacuum?

I'd like to know what happens if a free radical has no material around to interact with. I have asked many people but I am not satisfied with their answer. I know there is nothing like absolute ...
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Given the Pair Correlation Functions for a Multi-component Fluid, is There a Simple Way to Obtain the Helmholtz Free Energy?

I think it may not be possible. Given all the pair correlation functions (e.g. calculated from Ornstein Zernike theory), it seems possible to obtain the internal energy (assuming different species ...
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Is Boltzmann constant $k_B$ constant?

I heard in a lecture that Boltzmann constant $k_B$ is not constant in some special cases. Do you know the title of the article which contains this one? Do you think this idea is true?
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Why does the rate of melting of an ice block vary in different methods?

I saw that an ice block melts faster when it is placed in a microwave rather than when it is exposed to flame. Could it be because the flame creates a layer of water vapor between the flame and ice? ...
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Bandwidth-Pulse Duration Relationship

Assuming Gaussian pulse, the relationship between pulse duration and bandwidth is given by: $$\Delta \nu \cdot \tau \geq 0.441$$ If the rms bandwidth and rms pulse duration are used, then the ...
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Is it possible to reconstruct the wavefunction of a molecule from a collection of spectra?

Spectra of a molecule can be calculated if the wavefunction is known. Is it possible to do the opposite?
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What's the relation between molecular orbitals and electron density?

The way molecular orbitals are drawn represent the "encapsulated" space in which the wave function has a significant amplitude. How do I obtain from this the electron density? Is there a fundamental ...
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Isothermal Expansion in Real Gases

I understand that for a ideal gas in the case of reversible isothermal expansion, $\Delta U=0$ and $-Q=W$ but in case of a real or van der Waal gases, how can I find $Q$, $\Delta U$ and $\Delta S$?
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How to thermodynamically understand process of burning a piece of coal?

Let's imagine that I have a match in hand and nugget of coal on my desk. Then I light up the match and place it for few seconds near the coal so a tiny piece of nugget catches fire. Then another piece ...
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Why does NaCl (aq) conduct electricity but NaCl (s) does not?

Why does sodium choloride in its solid state not conduct electricity, but in its aqueous solution state it conducts electricity easily?
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Calculating the heat transfer into CO$_2$ gas at a constant pressure

I am having trouble with a homework question and I am just not sure how to attack it. We have not covered how to deal with non-ideal gases yet, and we are expected to answer this question without that ...
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Why do aromatic rings absorb in UV?

Why do aromatic rings absorb in UV? I think that the whole molecule absorb light which causes transition of an electron to another molecule orbital.
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Confusing Chemical potential of mixtures

I feel that there are very few textbook that treat the chemical potential of mixtures in an understandable clear way, which is why I wanted to ask here about certain things? Although I do not have a ...
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Can ice freeze? [closed]

We know that ice is already the frozen (solid) form of water. The question is more like: Can this frozen form freeze further? Or can it become more solid? (for example, by exposing to colder ...
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How does gas pressure increase the lifespan of Halogen tungsten lamps in the Halogen Cycle?

I am curious about this passage "Since quartz is very strong, the gas pressure can be higher,[5] which reduces the rate of evaporation of the filament, permitting it to run a higher temperature (and ...
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Increase in Solubility of a Gas with an Increase in Temperature

On the UC Davis ChemWiki I read, "some gases have an increase in solubility with an increase in temperature." I understand why this is applicable to solids in liquids such as water, but why is it ...
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What is the argument for detailed balance in chemistry?

Detailed balance is an important property of many classes of physical systems. It can be written as $$ \frac{p_{i \to j}}{p_{j \to i}} = e^{\frac{\Delta G}{k_B T}},\tag{1} $$ where $i$ and $j$ ...
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Why does a pitcher with lemon juice have foam, while one with pure water does not?

Whenever I pour water into lemon juice (pouring directly from the tap into the pitcher, not quietly along its edge) I get a foam on top: The same pitcher with water (same water tap, pitcher, time ...
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Exothermic heat release mechanism in gases

How is heat released when bond formation occurs in gases? For example, when atomic oxygen and molecular oxygen combine to form ozone?
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How much heat from a fire actually warms your home?

A fire in a hearth disperses heat to, I guess, three places: the bricks of the chimney out the hearth (where the person tending the fire is standing) out the chimney, above the house How would you ...
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Could we describe acids and bases using electromagnetism?

Why don't we use Maxwell's equations in acids and base theory? Surely the interaction between two charged species is readily described by this. The theory I have so far come across is HASB theory. ...
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Better gas mileage going fast or slow [duplicate]

In an automobile, do you get better miles per gallon when going faster or slower? Is this question answerable without more information? If more information is needed, assume the following: ...
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DFT Calculations, Atomic Ionization Potentials — Which Exchange-Correlation Functional to Use, to Preserve Koopmans' Theorem?

I have a program which can perform density-functional calculations for atoms, given a density functional. Of course the simplest form of exchange potential to use is one relevant for a uniform ...
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Should it really be called “valence *sub*shell”?

The Wikipedia article on electron shells states this, which I (a chemical layman) also always assumed: The electrons in the outermost occupied shell (or shells) determine the chemical properties ...
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Why Does Air Hold More Water When the Air is Warmer?

I know that when the temperature of the air rises, the maximum amount of Water it can hold before the water condenses to water droplets increases. But why is this - has it got something to do with ...
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Like viscoelastic polymers, why there are not storage and loss moduli for cast iron?

Viscoelastic polymers have different paths upon loading and unloading, so there is energy dissipation, so they have storage and loss moduli. Plastic behavior is also shown by cast iron: loading and ...
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bimolecular reaction master equation

I was wondering how to write down the deterministic rate equation for a bimolecular reaction with similar particles. e.g. $A \rightarrow^{k_+} B +B$ and $B +B \rightarrow^{k_-} A$ now the rate ...
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What is the minimum bend radius of a square optical fiber on a microfluidic chip interface?

I want to make a microfluidic chip with colorimetry cuvettes with 100um square optical fibers coupled to the side of them. They should bend at a 90 degree angle to exit the side of the chip in a ...
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Mixing liquids when applying a voltage

I'm thinking in the following experiment: A) Two (non mixable (like water and oil)) liquids are going to lie in a container, in the extremes of the container there are two electrodes, those ...
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Can we fully simulate molecular physics?

Is our knowledge of physics complete enough to achieve fully natural simulations of molecular interactions in a computer simulation? How far off are we? Reason for question: I wonder how far we are ...
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problem about heat in thermodynamics

$$\nabla G=-T\nabla S-T\nabla S_{sur}=-Q+q $$ $$\nabla G=-T\nabla S-T\nabla S_{sur}=-(U-W_{rew})+q $$ $$\nabla G=-T\nabla S-T\nabla S_{sur}=-(q+W-W_{rew})+q $$ $$\nabla G=-T\nabla S-T\nabla ...
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How do we represent 'smell' and 'taste' as signals?

I was wondering if we could represent 'smell' and 'taste' as signals like we do for audio. How do we mathematically represent them? Is there any research papers related to it? Can someone give me ...