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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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 ...
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Force field for calcium ions, potassium ions and water in molecular dynamics

I want to adapt my existing MD simulation so that it can handle these three species. For the interactions of the ions I thought that I would use the coulomb potential, but I don't know what sort of ...
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Quantum physics [on hold]

Is it possible to reverse electrons within your nuclear mass to negatively charge every protons to stop the positive energy conserving a black holes singularity from collapsing and sail right through? ...
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In a Monte Carlo NVT simulation How do I determine equilibration

I'm running an NVT (constant number of particles, volume and temperature) Monte Carlo simulation (Metropolis algorithm) of particles in two dimensions interacting via Lennard-Jonse potential ($U = ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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“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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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How to compute this change of Gibbs energy for a Van der Waals gas?

The change of Gibbs energy at constant temperature and species numbers, $\Delta G$, is given by an integral $\int_{p_1}^{p_2}V\,{\mathrm d}p$. For the ideal gas law $$p\,V=n\,RT,$$ this comes down to ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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How does the dissolution of salt affect the solution density?

Suppose you have a container of water as a solvent and you a certain amount of salt as a solute sitting at the bottom of the container that has yet to start dissolving. Supposing temperature and ...
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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). ...
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How can we use conductivity measurements of water to find hydrogen ion concentration of water?

How can we use conductivity measurements of water to find the hydrogen ion ($\mathrm{H}^+$) concentration in water?
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How does one determine the probability of $\mathrm H^+$ to $\mathrm{H_2O}$ in pure water? [migrated]

The ratio of $\mathrm{H}^+$ to $\mathrm{H_2O}$ is something around $10^{-8}$. How did people determine that? You cannot use the Kw, pH, [H+] ion concentration value to answer because you get all that ...
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On Thermodynamics of Spontaneity of the Reduction-Oxidation Chemical Reactions

According to the first and second law for a closed system containing different chemicals we have \begin{align} &\delta Q - \delta W = dU = T dS - p dV +\sum_i \mu_i d N_i\\ ...
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What happens to chemical compunds that include radioactive nuclei, when those decay?

Say you have a chemical compound made up of one or more radioactive nuclei. If the nucleus decays, does the compound? Possible outcomes I can think of: the compounds continues to exist if a ...
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Why dynamic equilibrium exists?

We know that at equilibrium Gibbs energy is minimum. We also know that at equilibrium both forward and reverse reactions occur simultaneously, and also we know that for a reaction to be spontaneous ...
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Can a saltwater solution conduct electricity forever? [closed]

We know that very pure water does not conduct electricity, but salt water is a decent conductor. This is commonly explained by saying that "the ions carry the current through the solution", an ...
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What causes an emulsion to be stable or unstable?

The other day I made a salad dressing based on oil and vinegar. To my understanding, there is a positive energy associated with the surface between the oil and vinegar. The most stable state is also ...
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Electronic spectroscopy question in a more physics oriented view. What is the operator that describes relaxation pathways?

Recently I was studying spectroscopy in Symmetry and Spectroscopy: An Introduction to Vibrational and Electronic Spectroscopy p.357-358 as shown in the image http://i.stack.imgur.com/LSLyZ.jpg The ...
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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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Why are only Group III & V elements used for doping?

Only group III & IV are used for doping in elemental semiconductors like Si and Ge, why can't other groups be used instead?
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Can $CO_2$ be separated into $C$ and $ O_2$?

I'm doing a little bit of research for an experiment that I want to conduct in science and it relies on that one question. So, Is it possible to separate a $CO_2$ molecule into a $C$ and $O_2$? ...
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Notation in a neutron star superfluidity

In this article "Neutron Star and Superfluidity", by Ka Wai Lou: http://guava.physics.uiuc.edu/~nigel/courses/569/Essays_Fall2010/Files/lo.pdf symbols as $^1S_0$ and $^3 P_2$ are shown, but I not sure ...
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Air Regeneration in Closed Systems [closed]

I wonder what's the way to regenerate O2 in air without using consumable chemicals (where one can use electricity through electrolisis or using UV lamps)? We can dissolve water into O2 & H2, but ...
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Why higher FAT level implies more signal in XPS analysis?

In XPS analysis, the FAT (Fixed Analyzer Transmission) parameter controls the electrostatic field of an emispheric analyzer, called Pass Energy $E_P$. The FWHM of a peak of signal is given by ...
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Spacetime curvature effect on chemistry

Do current chemistry / astrophysics / stellar chemistry calculations include the effects of the curvature of spacetime on chemical reactions? For example, the heat transfer from a point closer to the ...
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Where should a physicist go to learn chemistry?

I took an introductory chemistry course long ago, but the rules seemed arbitrary, and I've forgotten most of what I learned. Now that I have an undergraduate education in physics, I should be able to ...
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Maxwell Relations - Isentropic Compressibility to Isothermal Compressibility [closed]

I am trying to derive an expression for the isentropic compressibility in terms of thermal expansion coefficient $\alpha_P$, the isothermal compressibility $\kappa _T$ and the constant pressure heat ...
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The NERVA had to use liquid H2… But why?

The NERVA engine, developed at the late 60ies, was a nuclear thermal rocket developed for vacuum use in space craft. It was supposed to use Liquid Hydrogen, a cryogenic fuel with quite a few issues ...
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Spin-$\frac{1}{2}$ particles in chemistry

Electrons and protons are spin-$\frac{1}{2}$ particles, so under a rotation by 360$^\circ$, their wavefunction changes by a sign. They are also commonly found alone in chemical reactions, especially ...
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Bonding Two Cationic Hydrogen Isotopes (protium) yields H2 or He?

If you have two hydrogen atoms. And they are the isotope form "Protium" (1 neutron removed) and they are also cationized +1 (1 electron removed) then you have (in a sense) a single proton (two of them ...
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What is the relation between Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR)? [duplicate]

It seems to me that the basic principles are exactly the same, right? Then I am puzzled that the former was awarded a nobel prize while the later not. I noticed a similar question here What's the ...
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Parkhomov's E-cat reproduction [closed]

In the beginning of the year, Professor Alexander Parkhomov of Lomonosov Moscow State University claimed to have replicated (as read in e.g. Wired) of the E-cat functioning, albeit with lower effect. ...
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How does wax fuel a flame? [duplicate]

I get how an oil lamp runs until the fuel runs out, but a normal wax candle doesn't seem like it works the same way.
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How do candles and wicks work?

The wick of my tea candle was buried in wax. So I lit a piece of paper and stuck it in the wax. Now the wax is burning off the paper, as if that were the wick. The wax itself wouldn't light on ...
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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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Ionization Through Atomic Collisions - Any Reason(s) for Its being Unimportant?

The dominant processes which contribute to the ionisation of a gas (which is possibly hot and dense) are often deemed to be electron-impact ionization ($A + e^- \rightarrow A^+ + e^- + e^-$) and ...
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Energy flux units [closed]

So I was looking at a calculation of energy flux: But the units don't make sense to me - how did the K go into the denominator at the end of the first line of working? Here's my working for the ...
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How to determine what an object is composed of?

Heads up: This question has never been asked (here) before the way I will ask it here, so let's shed some light on it a bit. Prelude and anecdote(can be skipped): The other day I was walking home, ...
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Why is blue darker than yellow in an analog black and white photograph?

Blue is perceived darker than yellow by the human eye, because of biological principles within the eye. I can understand that therefore, when making a picture black&white in software like Adobe ...
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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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Are chemical bonds matter?

So it recently blew my mind that chemical bonds have mass. And that a spring that's wound up similarly weights a little more. But there is a distinction between mass and matter. I believe that a ...
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Exothermic vs. endothermic reactions

An exothermic reaction is a chemical reaction that releases energy by light or heat. Does this mean that if I mix two chemicals in a test tube when the reaction between them is endothermic then the ...
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Charge Transport Mechanicsm of Organic Semiconductors

I understand the general concept behind inorganic semiconductors. Start with Silicon, dope the material to add an electron or a hole, and now these are free to move about in the material, creating ...