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

learn more… | top users | synonyms (2)

0
votes
2answers
2k views

Burning VS Melting: What is the relation in the atomic/molecular structure?

This has never been asked before on this site, so I thought I would ask this to help future searchers, passerbys, or others understand this better. What are the key differences between burning ...
3
votes
0answers
39 views

Chemistry of water under pressure [closed]

What is the structure of water under extreme pressure, like the bottom of the ocean on a moon like Europa.
4
votes
1answer
70 views

What is the specific source(s) of sliding kinetic friction

In simplistic (K-8) physics classes, it seems to be generally instructed that the friction between two moving surfaces is due to the unevenness of each surface and the microscopic roughness. However, ...
0
votes
0answers
10 views

Do the isotopologues of a compound affect it's cracking patterns in a residual gas analyzer?

For instance, CO2 is listed as 100% of the peak at 44, 11% of the peak at 28, 9% of the peak at 16, and 6% of the peak at 12. But now consider CO2 comprised of C13. obviously the peaks would be at ...
3
votes
1answer
67 views

Why is it easier to remove stains with water?

And I don't mean stain removers, but literally tap water. See here's the thing, you can't remove a stain without some sort of friction, and water reduces friction. Yet if I say, spill some coffee and ...
0
votes
1answer
31 views

Conformational Analysis of Ethane and Butane

How does a condensed matter theorist explain conformations of Ethane and Butane using tools from Quantum field theory? If they don't how do they calculate energy differences and predict differences ...
0
votes
0answers
55 views

Would it be correct to state that all the forms of everyday matter (mountains, tables, buildings, people, etc.) are in a metastable state?

We had a fire going in the backyard of a friends house this weekend, and after thinking about the chemical reactions occurring in the wood (and anything else we threw into the pit), I started to ...
0
votes
0answers
19 views

How strong is the HCN Union when modelling with springs

I'm modeling the HCN Molecule with springs, giving the bounds between H and C the name k1 and between C and N k2. Is there any information of how strong is the bound? We were asked to get the ...
0
votes
1answer
54 views

Physics behind blowing soap bubbles

Is it possible, using the surface tension of a soap bubble, to calculate the maximum pressure (created by the air flow) it can withstand while still attached to the orifice to prevent it from bursting?...
26
votes
6answers
5k views

When I stretch a rubber band, it breaks. When I hold the broken ends together, why doesn't it join again?

The question is simple. When we join the two broken surfaces, what is it that keeps the surfaces from connecting with each other, while earlier they were attached to each other? Also, would the two ...
6
votes
1answer
100 views

FCC-to-BCC phase transition in NaCl, Buckingham or Lennard-Jones potentials?

Background The transformation from B1 (face centered cubic (FCC) type) to B2 (body centered cubic (body centered cubic (BCC) type) structures is one of the best documented high pressure phase ...
0
votes
2answers
66 views

Free Expansion Of and Ideal Gas

We know that in free expansion of an ideal gas, no heat enters or leaves the system. We also know that $P_\text{initial}V_\text{initial}=P_\text{final}V_\text{final}$ is valid. If heat exchange ...
10
votes
3answers
4k views

What makes the difference between ionic and covalent bonds?

Backstory: When I learned about chemical reactions, there were two types of molecular bonds: Ionic, where an atom or compound molecule with a low valence number loses those valence electron(s) to one ...
2
votes
2answers
106 views

Boyle's Law-$ PV= nRT.$ What equation should be used to find pressure if n is not constant, like in an elastic system?

When air is added to an elastic system, like a balloon, the volume and pressure change. Would use Boyle's Law- $PV=nRT,$ but n does not remain constant in this situation. Known: $V_1$ is at ...
1
vote
0answers
8 views

Energy Per Dry Ice Mass Required By de Laval Expansion of Air?

There has been a lot of talk lately about CO2 extraction from air. Since there are rocket engines in which ice crystals precipitate in the exhaust when expanding into near vacuum, it seems dry ice ...
0
votes
0answers
29 views

breaking bonds with light

Light, for instance green light (532 nm = 2.33 eV) has an energy comparable to that of many chemical bonds (C-C bond dissociation energy is about 3.6-3.7 eV). So how is it that I'm not being burned ...
0
votes
0answers
11 views

Butler-Volmer Anodic and Cathodic Activation Constant Proof

In the Butler-Volmer Equations, I have often seen the activation constant at the anode and cathode related by: $$ a_a=1-a_c $$ This is the relation used, for example, on plots of this equation on ...
0
votes
1answer
41 views

How much salt to dissolve in water for a noticeable change in volume?

I am reading through this High School science lab about how dissolving salt changes the volume of water: Place 300 to 400 g of salt in the flask (1L) Pour in enough water to cover the dry salt, and ...
0
votes
1answer
20 views

Why is beta-minus decay considered isobaric?

Page 20 of Physics in Nuclear Medicine says that beta-minus decay is isobaric (eg the A/Z ratio remains the same). The reason it gives is that "mass number A does not change." However, in beta-minus ...
1
vote
1answer
99 views

What is the desest material on earth? [closed]

Apart from the elements, do we know of materials that are denser? I.e. can an alloy be denser than the sum of its compounds, for example if the new lattice packs denser than each of the compounds it's ...
0
votes
0answers
31 views

How did scientists calculate the number of atoms in one mole of a substance? [duplicate]

Please explain me about the basic methods about how can we calculate that 1 mole of a substance contains 6.022140857 × 10 23 molecules? Tell how the modern scientists calculated it and how Avogadro ...
0
votes
0answers
82 views

What would be the best material to reflect radio waves?

I was thinking about what would be needed to build a parabolic dish and I inevitably came to what material to use. From what I could gather after a quick search on the internet, it would seem that any ...
1
vote
1answer
21 views

how does voltage sensitive dye determine the membrane potential?

There are so many papers about VSDs and how to use them, but i can not find anything about what exactly is happening in the cell membrane that leads to the change in VSD's light intensity as a sign of ...
0
votes
0answers
24 views

Copper vs Tungsten (Diffusion)

I've been studying on how to compare the activation energy for (void-) diffusivity of Copper versus Tungsten. I ended up finding $E_a[cu] = 1.1[eV]$ and $E_a[W] = 5.2[eV]$ in literature where the ...
0
votes
1answer
47 views

Interparticular space

We say that the inter-particular space in solids is small,in liquid is intermediate and in gas it is huge.So,how small is that space.there must be parameters for the amount of space.Like when the ...
1
vote
0answers
49 views

salt water conductivity

my book says the following on conductivity in water with ions. I am confused about why electrons from the zinc (anode) repel positive ions. Because zinc becomes negative, shouldn't it attract it? ...
1
vote
1answer
36 views

Quantum Mechanism Dipole Moment Magnetic Field Problem [closed]

I figured 1a out pretty easily. For 1b I am a bit stuck. So far i have that in the field: $$ \Delta z = v_0t + (1/2) a_zt $$ $$ F_z = ma_z $$ so $$ a_z = F_z/m $$ We know $$ F_z=\mu_z(\partial(B_z)/\...
1
vote
0answers
17 views

Bimolecular and Isomerization reactions

Is it possible to describe a reaction of the $$ A+B \rightleftharpoons AB $$ exactly using the solution of an isomerization reaction? $$A \rightleftharpoons B$$ I just can not figure it out the ...
0
votes
1answer
48 views

Humidification Problem [closed]

Humidification Imagine that water is evaporating into initially dry air in the closed vessel shown schematically in Fig. 8.1-1(a). The vessel is isothermal at 25 C, so the water’s vapor ...
0
votes
2answers
96 views

Why has a molecule less energy than the uncombined atoms?

My book says, A molecule as compared to the atoms from which it is formed is more stable because it possesses energy lower than the energy of the uncombined atoms. This difference in energy is due ...
0
votes
1answer
45 views

calculating with quantum numbers and shape of nodal shells

I'm attending in a chemistry course now, and in the beginning we scratch the surface of the quantum physics, which have led me to some problems. Mostly I understand all what we get until now, but ...
5
votes
2answers
14k views

How to know what materials are good conductors of electricity?

I'm not asking a question like "Is the wood conductive?". No. I'm asking what properties do they have to have to be good conductors. Theoretically I mean.
0
votes
2answers
84 views

How does electromagnetic radiations penetrate?

I am reading about the discovery of subatomic structure which includes all these things radioactivity, alpha rays, gamma rays, x rays et cetera. I read that electromagnetic radiations are energy ...
0
votes
0answers
34 views

What happens when a semipermeable membrane allows only one solute to pass through?

I'm essentially a medical student where we deal a lot with osmosis. But when we are taught, it is done generally with only a single solute in consideration. What if two different solutes are used on ...
1
vote
0answers
10 views

What would be a suitable textbook of first semester physical chemistry? [duplicate]

I am going to take PChem I in my biochem dept next sem, which is a watered down version of the PChem course in Chem dept. It basically covers thermodynamics and a little bit of quantum stuff. The ...
1
vote
1answer
38 views

What is the relation of particle velocity, temperature, and reaction activation energy

So, this curiosity has arisen for a fun project I thought I'd tackle, where I'm attempting create a crude simulation of an internal combustion cylinder. I wanted to explore the particle level ...
4
votes
1answer
71 views

Constant Temperature Cooling

In my thermodynamics textbook there is part of a question that seems to be a contradiction. ...Superheated refrigerant R-134a at 20 C, 0.5 MPa is cooled in a piston/cylinder arrangement at constant ...
0
votes
1answer
276 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
87 views

Is there any advantage to using simple syrup over just dissolving sugar and waiting a minute?

When making coffee, I want to sweeten it with sugar. Many coffee shops offer simple syrup which is essentially just a solution of water saturated with sugar. Obviously, this has the advantage that ...
0
votes
0answers
24 views

Gibbs isotherm and calculating interfacial tension change from first principles

Question: Is it possible for a solid particle to change the surface tension between two phases? (or: Does a solid particle have a chemical potential?) This question stems from the more fundamental:...
2
votes
1answer
263 views

What happens to gas molecules after ionization?

I know that gas molecules conduct electricity after they get ionized but what will happen if we keep increasing the voltage even after ionization? Will it explode? If it will then how much energy ...
5
votes
2answers
2k views

Acer saccharum (Sugar Maple) Sap & Freezing

This may or may not be the appropriate scientific discipline to ask this question of, but I'll give it a shot. I'll happily invite chemists to chime in as well. It's time to tap sugar maples in the ...
1
vote
4answers
147 views

The impatient hot tub owner [closed]

An impatient man owns a 300 gallon hot tub. He comes home from a hard day of work and sees that his hot tub is currently simmering at 90F. For maximum relaxation, he wants it at 104F. However, the hot ...
2
votes
1answer
37 views

“Carbon capture into fuel” - where does the energy come from?

I recently found an article titled "Scientists find a way to convert Carbon Dioxide from air into fuel" (here), and my immediate reaction was "surely not - the energy balance would kill you right away"...
0
votes
1answer
84 views

Calculate how many photons hitting a sample that are absorbed

In the determination of the quantum yield of a photoisomerization, $\Phi,$ the following is needed $$ \Phi = \frac{\mbox{Number of "reactions"}}{\mbox{Number of absorbed photons}} $$ The photon flux ...
7
votes
3answers
819 views

Why is salt so hard to remove from water?

Water molecules and various salt molecules are very different. However, it seems very difficult to separate the two. Once a salt is dissolved in water, an energy or chemical intensive method (like ...
2
votes
1answer
62 views

Atoms attraction [closed]

Do atoms attract to atoms of same element? And would atoms attract to another atom for forming ionic or covalent bond? I basically want to know what would an atom be attracted to? (Except for ...
1
vote
0answers
31 views

Do (or can) hydrogen bonds between water molecules neutralize their own polarity? [closed]

Do (or can) hydrogen bonds between water molecules neutralize their own polarity as indicated here: Hydrogen bonding as the mechanism that neutralizes $\mathrm{H_2 O}$ polarity https://groups.google....
3
votes
1answer
87 views

Do sodium chloride(ions) melt the ice or not?

My question is this, In European countries, they use NaCl or KCl to melt ice during the winter season. In Asian Countries, they use NaCl to keep the ice without melting. (Ex- Ice cream boxes, Beer ...
2
votes
1answer
49 views

Why do randomly flying gas molecules have a distribution of energies?

Why do randomly flying gas molecules have a distribution of energies? This is a question from my chemistry textbook (not homework, just questions to help us think about and understand the concepts). ...