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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How does Passivation in Mercury-arc-valve cause “diode” behavior

Does passivation of lead anodes cause them to become semiconductors? Or even become diodes (eg. a p-n passage)? How does this work on an atomar level? This question has been risen by trying to ...
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Debye Hückel Theory valid for ions?

I am wondering about the following: Is Debye Hückel Theory only used if you look at how an external "strong" field(like a potential by a sphere that has a charge that is 1000times higher than the ...
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What are characteristic ranges of time, distance, energy regions for physics and chemistry? [closed]

I've constructed such table from many different sources for my thesis introduction: I'm trying to make a bit of philosophy it the thesis first chapter. Are they realistic or not? Could you make any ...
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reactions in molecular dynamics simulations

EDIT: Apparently this is called reactive molecular dynamics. It seems that the ReaxFF potential function is used for some reactions like this. I am interested in adding support for reactions to a ...
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Leakage rate Calculation

I have to calculate leak rate for helium/air from an enclosure which is made of fabric. This is similar to helium balloons. There are small holes in the fabric. How should i proceed ?
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Solution of multiple materials

Introduction I'm trying to make some strawberry liqueur. The recipe I got says I should put alcohol, strawberries and sugar in a bowl and leave it soaking for 4-5 weeks. I read that making liqueur is ...
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Half-Life Question [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do we know that some radioactive materials have a half life of millions or even billions of years? I understand how to calculate decay, but it seems to me that the ...
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What's the common consensus on the meaning of “physical change”?

I'm doing a textbook problem that shows a "molecular level" view of some matter, little colored balls, before and after, and there are, among the four questions, two that say: 1) Did a physical change ...
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Calculating the required amount of acid/base to reach a pH [closed]

Bit stuck on working this out - or if it is even possible. I have a reservoir of solution (water/plant feed/dead flies) that is pH 6 and I want to get it to pH 6.25. Here is the information I have: ...
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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 ...
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Is there an way water can burn or cause fire?

Water known as the fire extinguisher.What is the possibility watere being the fuel to fire. "Pure water"
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Is duplication of nucleus, electron and proton (sub-atomic particles) possible? [closed]

usually a single cell develops into a huge mass to form a substance or an organism. is this happening because of multiplication of sub-atomic particles? if yes, then is it possible to multiply the ...
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Atoms and electrons?

Consider a copper atom. If you place an electron near it, the protons in the nucleus would attract it like they attract the existing electron in the valence shell. However the electron you placed ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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Why is alcohol less dense than water?

Ethyl alcohol (ethanol) is less dense than water, and it's boiling point is lower. But this molecule is more complex and bigger than the simple H2O. How can a substance with a higher molecular size ...
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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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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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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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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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why do we Carbonate drinks not any other gas

Carbonation is done in all fizzy drinks. Also it forms a small amount of carbonic acid which we feel on our tongue. We can diffuse oxygen as well in the water at higher level. Except for acid ...
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A question on lewis model [closed]

Electron affinity of chlorine = -349 kJ per mole. And, first ionization energy of sodium = 496 kJ per mole while energy required for combining= 147 kJ per mole. Isn't it a contradiction against ...
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What is “species” in the context of an electrochemical cell?

From the Wikipedia entry on Electrochemical cell (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrochemical_cell): An electrochemical cell consists of two half-cells. Each half-cell consists of an electrode, ...
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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 ...
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Why are the alkali and alkaline earth metals present in the ashes of burnt wood? [closed]

The alkali earth metals form the two left-most column of the periodic table of the elements, other than hydrogen. See wikipedia articles: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alkali_metal ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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electron shell jumping in Iron?

I understand a "little" about electron shell jumping, I was wondering about "Iron", If iron was heated to a gas, perhaps held in a vacuum maybe even under pressure, would the added energy make the ...
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Does chemical energy contribute to mass? [duplicate]

Does chemical energy contribute to the mass of an object? I don't mean the bond energy, but the possible energy that could be released (i.e. Does an atom of oxygen and a molecule of hydrogen (H2) have ...
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Is water steam in air a case of liquid in gas solution?

Thinking of this question, I thought that the phenomenon of water evaporation into the air is totally analogous to the solid (say, salt) that is dissolved into a liquid (water). Indeed, in this ...
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Why don't fire hoops blow out while spinning, but blow out when blown out?

My friend spins fire hoops and we're wondering why they don't blow out while she's spinning them, but do, when she blows them out one by one. I don't imagine there's so much more CO2 (so much less ...
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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?
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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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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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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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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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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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does there exists a rope such that it takes longer to burn the whole rope from one end? [closed]

And it takes less time to burn from the other end. The rope could be any of materials and structures and asymmetric. EDIT: But the external environment may not change during burning, and the way (eg ...
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Chemical potential in terms of temperature and pressure

For part (a), I know how to take the partial derivatives of S to get chemical potential, pressure. But there seems that I still need one equation to correctly express chemical potential in terms of ...
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Is there any scientific instrument right now to monitor complicated chemical reaction between atom? [closed]

What is some differnt way to use any scientific instrument right now to monitor complicated chemical reaction between atom??
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Thermodynamics of zinc chloride to zinc

I am trying to deposit zinc metal from zinc chloride using chemical vapor deposition. But it is thermodynamically feasible to obtain zinc from zinc chloride?
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Are valence electrons in nonpolar molecules localized/delocalized?

Are valence electrons in non-polar molecules localized or delocalized? I'm quite confused about the whole electron localization and delocalization business. I'd love a simplified explanation that a ...