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)

2
votes
3answers
504 views

What force creates ions out of neutral atoms?

Consider the reaction between Na and Cl to form NaCl. Na loses an electron and "gives" it to Cl because this makes both atoms more stable. But what forces "pulls" the electron from Na to Cl? Both ...
1
vote
0answers
48 views

What factors are influencing a woosh rocket?

Not sure if this is too much chemistry, but I'll try: If I fill a plastic bottle with a small amount of rubbing alcohol, shake it around and hold a match to the bottle neck, I'll get a flame wooshing ...
3
votes
1answer
108 views

Physical distribution of salt anions and cations during electrophoresis

If I have a volume of $L$ liters of salt water at a concentration of $\approx N$ mM NaCl and I pour it into an electrophoretic apparatus (like this one: ). Once we turn the apparatus on, and set the ...
0
votes
1answer
345 views

Electrical Resistance and chemistry

Can some one describe or explain what happens when too much current is passed through lets say a copper wire, I am looking for an explanation to do with physics and chemistry. For instance we have ...
0
votes
1answer
120 views

Energy of a system if the nuclear repulsion increases

I have calculated the optimised geometry for a molecule. I have noticed that the energy of the nuclear repulsion increases with each iteration of optimisation. What is the logic behind this?
2
votes
4answers
842 views

The “binding energy” of bonded particles adds mass?

This is a follow-up my previous question. Several of the answers indicated that the mass of a particle (atom, proton, etc.) increase with the "binding energy" of it's component particles - the energy ...
0
votes
2answers
105 views

Electrolysis boat engine

Would it be possible to create a submersible boat engine using the combined principles of electrolysis of water, ramjet propulsion, and hydrogen-oxygen combustion similar to that used in rocket ...
0
votes
0answers
51 views

Does a fixed amount of gas have slighty more mass when at a higher temperature?

According to relativity, energy and mass are equivalent. Does this mean that the energy added to a fixed amount of gas when it is heated adds slightly to the mass of the gas? The difference would be ...
0
votes
0answers
45 views

Filling an empty box with ambient air

A rigid box has a volume of $V_1$ and is thermally isolated so that it exchanges no heat with its environment. Initially the box is empty, and the air around it has a pressure of $P_0$ and a ...
5
votes
4answers
19k views

Is it possible to flow current in open circuit?

As I know a battery is an example of a closed circuit where it can then produce electricity , electrons will flow from negative pole to positive. A chemistry representation of this battery is for ...
0
votes
2answers
46 views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
829 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
13k views

How to estimate the physical size of a molecule?

I'm reading some chemistry-related papers that employ concepts of droplet evaporation. Since I am no chemist, I am wondering: How can I estimate the actual size of a molecule, say succinic acid? An ...
1
vote
2answers
3k views

Obtain oxidation numbers from looking at electron configuration?

Suppose I know that Selenium has electron configuration $[Ar] 4s^2 3d^{10} 4p^4$. How can I use this information to then come to the conclusion that its possible oxidation states are 6, 4, 2, 1 and -...
0
votes
1answer
83 views

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) ...
3
votes
5answers
652 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
122 views

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 - ...
2
votes
1answer
93 views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
105 views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
116 views

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 ...
7
votes
1answer
368 views

Donors/Acceptors in Metal Oxides

Can anyone explain to me why most articles describe chromium as an acceptor in titanium dioxide? In TiO2, titanium has the charge state Ti$^{4+}$ and oxygen has the charge state O$^{2-}$. When Cr ...
2
votes
0answers
65 views

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?
1
vote
1answer
222 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
112 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
59 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
62 views

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 ...
2
votes
5answers
13k views

Why does burning magnesium explode when sprinkled with water?

Magnesium powder burns extremely well and reaches temperatures of 2500°C. However, attempts to extinguish such a magnesium fire with conventional water (e.g. from a garden hose) only make it worse: ...
0
votes
1answer
62 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
176 views

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. ...
1
vote
0answers
48 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
86 views

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?
47
votes
4answers
90k views

Why do grapes in a microwave oven produce plasma?

Some of you may know this experience (Grape + Microwave oven = Plasma video link): take a grape that you almost split in two parts, letting just a tiny piece of skin making a link between each half-...
0
votes
1answer
150 views

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? ...
3
votes
1answer
10k views

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?
2
votes
2answers
1k views

Gas viscosity at high pressure, high temperature

EDIT 1 PER COMMENTS I am wanting to model nitrogen gas viscosity as a function of pressure and temperature OR learn of an existing equation that models nitrogen viscosity for the pressure and ...
17
votes
4answers
5k views

Boiling water and salt

I would like to have a good understanding of what is happening when you add salt to boiling water. My understanding is that the boiling point will be higher, thus lengthening the process (obtaining ...
0
votes
0answers
100 views

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 ...
2
votes
3answers
97 views
0
votes
1answer
77 views

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 ...
10
votes
3answers
4k views

What is the quantum mechanical explanation of the octet rule?

What is the quantum mechanical explanation of the octet rule? In other words, what makes the octet rule be true from a quantum mechanical view? How we explain what makes some atoms don't follow the ...
0
votes
0answers
60 views

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 ...
2
votes
0answers
197 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
269 views

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.
2
votes
1answer
291 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
157 views

Why is the objective function used in Nudged Elastic Band method reasonable?

In Nudged Elastic Band (NEB) method, which is used to find reaction pathways when both initial and final states are know, an objective function is first constructed and then minimized to find reaction ...
1
vote
1answer
94 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
93 views

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 ...
5
votes
0answers
91 views

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 $j$ ...
2
votes
3answers
1k views

Melting and Boiling Points of Odd Materials

In Chemistry, I was taught that there are three main states of matter: solid, liquid, and gas, and that heat and pressure determine that state. For some substances, the line is blurry between them. ...
8
votes
3answers
2k views

How are the calories in food calculated?

This is intended to be a fun question. Calorimetry used for calculating the heat generated from chemical changes has been around for centuries, however, I suspect the process for calculating food ...