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by RobertXu_2J
Sun Feb 23, 2020 10:01 pm
Forum: Work, Gibbs Free Energy, Cell (Redox) Potentials
Topic: Spontaneity
Replies: 8
Views: 30

Re: Spontaneity

Yes. From the equation ΔG∘=−nFEcell, you can see that if E.cell is positive, then the gibbs free energy would have to be negative, and if the change in gibbs free energy is negative, the reaction is spontaneous.
by RobertXu_2J
Sun Feb 23, 2020 9:52 pm
Forum: Concepts & Calculations Using First Law of Thermodynamics
Topic: Limiting reactant and heat
Replies: 4
Views: 17

Re: Limiting reactant and heat

If you know the limiting reactant, then you know exactly how much concentration/amount of reactants are involved in the reaction, and you can calculate extrinsic qualities that depend on quantities, for example the amount of heat acquired/released.
by RobertXu_2J
Sun Feb 23, 2020 9:49 pm
Forum: Equilibrium Constants & Calculating Concentrations
Topic: Ph
Replies: 8
Views: 36

Re: Ph

pH is always calculated at equilibrium. If it was not taken at equilibrium they would probably explicitly state at what conditions they found that pH at.
by RobertXu_2J
Sun Feb 23, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: Equilibrium Constants & Calculating Concentrations
Topic: What to exclude in K
Replies: 6
Views: 24

Re: What to exclude in K

You exclude solids and liquids. Even if it is H2O, you include it if it is explicitly stated as aq or gas
by RobertXu_2J
Sun Feb 23, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: Appications of the Nernst Equation (e.g., Concentration Cells, Non-Standard Cell Potentials, Calculating Equilibrium Constants and pH)
Topic: Test 2
Replies: 13
Views: 43

Re: Test 2

Professor Lavelle said the second page of thermo and all of electro (basically everything after the midterm).
by RobertXu_2J
Sun Feb 16, 2020 2:06 am
Forum: Calculating the pH of Salt Solutions
Topic: How do you know if something is a salt solution?
Replies: 4
Views: 20

Re: How do you know if something is a salt solution?

Salt solutions dissociate in solutions. A "salt" is basically any ionic molecule with anion and cations.
by RobertXu_2J
Sun Feb 16, 2020 2:04 am
Forum: Student Social/Study Group
Topic: Curve?
Replies: 23
Views: 641

Re: Curve?

There is no direct curve on the test, but Lavelle adjusts the grading scheme as needed depending on the performance of students overall on test
by RobertXu_2J
Sun Feb 16, 2020 2:02 am
Forum: Entropy Changes Due to Changes in Volume and Temperature
Topic: memorize
Replies: 14
Views: 81

Re: memorize

Entropy values are given to us.
by RobertXu_2J
Sun Feb 16, 2020 2:01 am
Forum: Balancing Redox Reactions
Topic: simplifying half reactions
Replies: 3
Views: 11

Re: simplifying half reactions

If you have an equal amount of some molecule on both sides, you can cancel them out, because they don't change through the reaction.
by RobertXu_2J
Sun Feb 16, 2020 2:00 am
Forum: Thermodynamic Definitions (isochoric/isometric, isothermal, isobaric)
Topic: Isothermal Reactions
Replies: 4
Views: 33

Re: Isothermal Reactions

Because internal energy is the sum of the energy of a system, and temperature represents the amount of energy in a system (NOT heat!), so if there is no change in energy (which includes heat and work), then there is no change in temperature (and vice versa).
by RobertXu_2J
Sun Feb 09, 2020 9:14 pm
Forum: Thermodynamic Systems (Open, Closed, Isolated)
Topic: closed system
Replies: 7
Views: 20

Re: closed system

Because it is sealed, no matter can get out from within, so no mass exchange can occur. However, because it is not insulated, we know that energy exchange can, so it is not an isolated system. Therefore, it is a closed system, that can exchange energy, but not matter.
by RobertXu_2J
Sun Feb 09, 2020 9:12 pm
Forum: Concepts & Calculations Using Second Law of Thermodynamics
Topic: Difference between Cv and Cp?
Replies: 8
Views: 28

Re: Difference between Cv and Cp?

Cv is for constant volume, Cp is for constant pressure. For MONOATOMIC atoms, Cv is 3/2R and Cp is 5/2R, but for diatomic ones, Cv is 5/2R and Cp is 7/2R
by RobertXu_2J
Sun Feb 09, 2020 9:09 pm
Forum: Heat Capacities, Calorimeters & Calorimetry Calculations
Topic: Is heat capacity an extensive or intensive property?
Replies: 2
Views: 9

Is heat capacity an extensive or intensive property?

I found this previous post, https://lavelle.chem.ucla.edu/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1396#p220853 , that says that heat capacity is an intensive property, however on the Wikipedia page for heat capacity, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heat_capacity , it says heat capacity is an extensive property. I'm so ...
by RobertXu_2J
Sun Feb 09, 2020 9:02 pm
Forum: Concepts & Calculations Using First Law of Thermodynamics
Topic: First Law of Themordynamics
Replies: 4
Views: 18

Re: First Law of Themordynamics

They represent the same concept.
by RobertXu_2J
Sun Feb 09, 2020 2:12 am
Forum: Thermodynamic Definitions (isochoric/isometric, isothermal, isobaric)
Topic: Constant pressure
Replies: 19
Views: 72

Re: Constant pressure

Yes, constant external pressure.
by RobertXu_2J
Sun Feb 02, 2020 12:20 am
Forum: Thermodynamic Systems (Open, Closed, Isolated)
Topic: Isolated vs Closed [ENDORSED]
Replies: 34
Views: 133

Re: Isolated vs Closed [ENDORSED]

If it says it is insulated, we would assume that it is isolated. I don't think the wording of questions will be ambiguous. If it looks like the question is trying to imply that the system does not exchange energy (e.g. heat) with the environment, then it's probably trying to tell you that it is an i...
by RobertXu_2J
Sat Feb 01, 2020 10:56 pm
Forum: Thermodynamic Systems (Open, Closed, Isolated)
Topic: Closed vs isolated systems
Replies: 24
Views: 67

Re: Closed vs isolated systems

Closed systems can exchange energy with the environment, but isolated systems cannot. So, like heat for example.
by RobertXu_2J
Sat Feb 01, 2020 10:54 pm
Forum: Thermodynamic Systems (Open, Closed, Isolated)
Topic: Closed Systems
Replies: 8
Views: 26

Re: Closed Systems

Closed systems cannot exchange mass but they can exchange energy. Think of it as a metal can that's closed. The material inside cannot get out, but if you heat a flame under it, the matter inside will get hotter, thus energy is being exchanged. But if the system is isolated, it cannot exchange energ...
by RobertXu_2J
Sat Feb 01, 2020 10:35 pm
Forum: Phase Changes & Related Calculations
Topic: Why does steam cause burns?
Replies: 29
Views: 113

Re: Why does steam cause burns?

Steam has more energy than water, so the difference between the energy in steam and the energy of your skin is greater, and as such, when it comes into contact with you, it will transfer a correspondingly greater amount, leading to a more severe burn.
by RobertXu_2J
Sat Feb 01, 2020 10:33 pm
Forum: Phase Changes & Related Calculations
Topic: Open vs Isolated System
Replies: 15
Views: 52

Re: Open vs Isolated System

words like "insulated" or "no exchange" or "closed to the environment" or any other words that indicate the system does not exchange matter or energy would be strong indications that the system is isolated, whereas words that indicate the system is able to exchange ener...
by RobertXu_2J
Sun Jan 26, 2020 1:37 am
Forum: Applying Le Chatelier's Principle to Changes in Chemical & Physical Conditions
Topic: Negative Square Root solving an ICE box
Replies: 13
Views: 32

Re: Negative Square Root solving an ICE box

If you got a negative number, you did something wrong.
by RobertXu_2J
Sun Jan 26, 2020 1:37 am
Forum: Phase Changes & Related Calculations
Topic: Phase changes
Replies: 7
Views: 22

Re: Phase changes

Phase changes are literally just changes from different states of matter (solid, liquid, etc.). Temperature does not change, because the energy that is being added to the material is all going toward changing the phase (e.g from solid to liquid, the molecules are excited and they move faster so the ...
by RobertXu_2J
Sun Jan 26, 2020 1:07 am
Forum: Phase Changes & Related Calculations
Topic: Steam vs Water
Replies: 6
Views: 16

Re: Steam vs Water

Steam does, because the difference in the energy of steam and your skin is greater than the difference between your skin and water, which being a liquid, does not have as much energy at the same temperature as steam does.
by RobertXu_2J
Sun Jan 26, 2020 1:05 am
Forum: Applying Le Chatelier's Principle to Changes in Chemical & Physical Conditions
Topic: La Chatelier's Principle
Replies: 8
Views: 32

Re: La Chatelier's Principle

It will proceed in the other direction. For example, if products are added, the reaction will proceed toward the reactants, whereas if more reactants are added, the reaction will proceed toward the products.
by RobertXu_2J
Sun Jan 26, 2020 1:04 am
Forum: Reaction Enthalpies (e.g., Using Hess’s Law, Bond Enthalpies, Standard Enthalpies of Formation)
Topic: Hess's Law
Replies: 7
Views: 14

Re: Hess's Law

Hess's law states that the total enthalpy change during the complete course of a chemical reaction is the sum of its parts. Basically, it's stating that enthalpy can be added.
by RobertXu_2J
Sun Jan 26, 2020 1:04 am
Forum: Reaction Enthalpies (e.g., Using Hess’s Law, Bond Enthalpies, Standard Enthalpies of Formation)
Topic: Hess's Law
Replies: 7
Views: 14

Re: Hess's Law

Hess's law states that the total enthalpy change during the complete course of a chemical reaction is the sum of its parts. Basically, it's stating that enthalpy can be added.
by RobertXu_2J
Sun Jan 19, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: Non-Equilibrium Conditions & The Reaction Quotient
Topic: Solids and Liquids
Replies: 6
Views: 23

Re: Solids and Liquids

Because changes to their concentration are inconsequential for the rate of reaction. Solids just sit there, they don't really have a concentration because they don't mix with the solvent. Liquids are the solvent, so you assume that there will always be enough of it that any decrease will be insignif...
by RobertXu_2J
Sun Jan 19, 2020 8:02 pm
Forum: Equilibrium Constants & Calculating Concentrations
Topic: 5%
Replies: 4
Views: 14

Re: 5%

When using approximations for ICE tables, if you find that X is less than 5% of the initial concentration, then the approximation is valid.
by RobertXu_2J
Sun Jan 19, 2020 8:00 pm
Forum: Non-Equilibrium Conditions & The Reaction Quotient
Topic: Temperature
Replies: 5
Views: 21

Re: Temperature

A change in temperature changes the direction of the reaction. For example, if a reaction is endothermic, and the temperature is increased, then K is pushed to the right. If the reaction is exothermic and the temperature is increased, then K is pushed to the left.
by RobertXu_2J
Sun Jan 19, 2020 7:53 pm
Forum: Equilibrium Constants & Calculating Concentrations
Topic: K for Gases
Replies: 12
Views: 62

Re: K for Gases

Find Kp, because the pressure that a gas exerts is used to represent its concentration.
by RobertXu_2J
Sun Jan 19, 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: Equilibrium Constants & Calculating Concentrations
Topic: When do we use the equilibrium sign?
Replies: 7
Views: 23

Re: When do we use the equilibrium sign?

Use it when there is not a complete reaction in one direction (there is a forward and reveres reaction happening at the same time). While most reactions are reversible (depending on the conditions they take place in), ones where we don't use the equilibrium sign usually occur under extreme conditions.
by RobertXu_2J
Fri Jan 10, 2020 1:46 am
Forum: Ideal Gases
Topic: Ideal Gases
Replies: 7
Views: 112

Re: Ideal Gases

I do not think a perfectly ideal gas exists, but because the difference is negligible at higher temperatures, we just assume that they are so, to make calculations easier.
by RobertXu_2J
Fri Jan 10, 2020 1:45 am
Forum: Ideal Gases
Topic: Understanding Q
Replies: 13
Views: 67

Re: Understanding Q

Yes you would, because the calculations for Q are the same as for K, except that the values used may be different.
by RobertXu_2J
Fri Jan 10, 2020 1:43 am
Forum: Ideal Gases
Topic: Solving for K (coefficients)
Replies: 11
Views: 38

Re: Solving for K (coefficients)

No they do not, since multiplication exhibits commutative properties (a*b = b*a).
by RobertXu_2J
Fri Jan 10, 2020 1:42 am
Forum: Ideal Gases
Topic: What is the Importance of homogeneous vs heterogeneous equilibria [ENDORSED]
Replies: 12
Views: 87

Re: What is the Importance of homogeneous vs heterogeneous equilibria [ENDORSED]

I believe the importance of homogeneous and heterogeneous equilibria is that for homogeneous equilibria, you do not have to worry about which of the materials are needed for the equilibria equation, whereas for heterogeneous you have to realize that solids and liquids are excluded.
by RobertXu_2J
Fri Jan 10, 2020 1:41 am
Forum: Ideal Gases
Topic: PV=nRT equation manipulation
Replies: 13
Views: 87

Re: PV=nRT equation manipulation

We are manipulating the equation so that we can calculate the value that we want. For example, if we wanted concentration, which is n/V, we would move it to one side and everything else on the other side.
by RobertXu_2J
Sat Dec 07, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: Lewis Acids & Bases
Topic: Strong bases
Replies: 2
Views: 31

Strong bases

What are the strong bases that we will need to know for the final?
by RobertXu_2J
Sat Dec 07, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: Lewis Acids & Bases
Topic: neutralization
Replies: 6
Views: 54

Re: neutralization

As long as it's a base + acid = salt + H2O, then it is neutralization
by RobertXu_2J
Sat Dec 07, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Conjugate Acids & Bases
Topic: Amphiprotic v. amphoteric
Replies: 3
Views: 39

Re: Amphiprotic v. amphoteric

Amphiprotic means it can donate or accept a proton, and amphoteric means it can act as a base or acid. All amphiprotic molecules are amphoteric, but not the other way around. An example of a amphoteric molecule that is not amphiprotic would be Al2O3. It does not contain any H's, but it can act as bo...
by RobertXu_2J
Sat Dec 07, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: Naming
Topic: (en), (dien), etc.
Replies: 6
Views: 48

Re: (en), (dien), etc.

Yes, one of the ta's yesterday said that we could use the abbreviations when naming them
by RobertXu_2J
Sat Dec 07, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: General Science Questions
Topic: Final Content
Replies: 3
Views: 58

Re: Final Content

Yes, but topics covered by the midterm will also be covered.
by RobertXu_2J
Sat Nov 30, 2019 12:29 am
Forum: Properties & Structures of Inorganic & Organic Acids
Topic: Lewis Acid/Base
Replies: 5
Views: 33

Re: Lewis Acid/Base

Lewis acid means that this specific molecule will accept electrons, and a lewis base means that this molecule will donate electrons.
by RobertXu_2J
Sat Nov 30, 2019 12:28 am
Forum: Resonance Structures
Topic: What is a Resonance "Structure"
Replies: 12
Views: 81

Re: What is a Resonance "Structure"

Resonance structure refers to the bonds in that there are different bond combinations that are possible as lewis structures, BUT none of them are correct. Because electrons move around and are not actually held in straight line bonds, structures intermediate to the ones shown as lewis structures are...
by RobertXu_2J
Sat Nov 30, 2019 12:26 am
Forum: Naming
Topic: Meaning of Cis and Trans
Replies: 11
Views: 51

Re: Meaning of Cis and Trans

Cis means that the molecule is symmetrical, with the same elements are on the same side. Trans means opposite, the elements are on different sides.
by RobertXu_2J
Sat Nov 30, 2019 12:24 am
Forum: Shape, Structure, Coordination Number, Ligands
Topic: cis platinum
Replies: 6
Views: 39

Re: cis platinum

Basicallly, know that cis platinum is used as a chemotherapy drug to stop mitosis. It does this by replacing its two chlorines with two hydrogens, and then linking to two guanines. Because it is linked at two areas, it stops the two strands of dna from separating and keeps mitosis from happening, wh...
by RobertXu_2J
Sat Nov 30, 2019 12:18 am
Forum: Air Pollution & Acid Rain
Topic: Clean Coal vs Dirty Coal?
Replies: 16
Views: 125

Re: Clean Coal vs Dirty Coal?

The "clean"-ness of a coal refers to how high the carbon content is compared to sulfur content. If the coal has a really high carbon content and very low sulfur content, than it is "clean", whereas if it has a high sulfur content, then it is dirty coal
by RobertXu_2J
Sat Nov 23, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: Interionic and Intermolecular Forces (Ion-Ion, Ion-Dipole, Dipole-Dipole, Dipole-Induced Dipole, Dispersion/Induced Dipole-Induced Dipole/London Forces, Hydrogen Bonding)
Topic: Best Approach to Find IMFs
Replies: 11
Views: 86

Re: Best Approach to Find IMFs

I think the best way is to look at the formula first. If it is definitely polar and does not have symmetry, you can probably assume that there are dipole forces. But of course, drawing a lewis structure would be safer. So draw the structure and see if there is symmetry when you are not sure.
by RobertXu_2J
Sat Nov 23, 2019 5:51 pm
Forum: Biological Examples
Topic: Biological Examples
Replies: 10
Views: 56

Re: Biological Examples

I think there is a high chance that it will show up on the final, so you should definitely review any biological examples that come up in slides or learning material.
by RobertXu_2J
Sat Nov 23, 2019 5:51 pm
Forum: Hybridization
Topic: hybridization
Replies: 11
Views: 57

Re: hybridization

Hybridization has to do with molecule shape. You can look at the shape of the molecule to derive the hybridization of the orbitals.
by RobertXu_2J
Sat Nov 23, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: Hybridization
Topic: Sigma and Pi Bonds
Replies: 6
Views: 35

Re: Sigma and Pi Bonds

The overlap of a pi bond is less than that of a sigma bond. However the sigma bond only overlaps at one area, whereas the pi bond overlaps at two. So because the pi bond overlaps at two areas, it cannot turn and thus keep the molecule in position.
by RobertXu_2J
Sat Nov 23, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: Properties & Structures of Inorganic & Organic Acids
Topic: IMF [ENDORSED]
Replies: 6
Views: 316

Re: IMF [ENDORSED]

dipole-dipole forces are when two polar molecules become attracted to each other. An induced dipole is when something is not normally polar, but becomes polar for a small instance because of the attraction of another molecule with a dipole
by RobertXu_2J
Sat Nov 16, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: Dipole Moments
Topic: Hydrogen bonds
Replies: 17
Views: 89

Re: Hydrogen bonds

Hydrogen bonds can only form between hydrogen and one of these three atoms.
by RobertXu_2J
Sat Nov 16, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: Determining Molecular Shape (VSEPR)
Topic: Bond Angles
Replies: 3
Views: 29

Re: Bond Angles

all bonds have the same "push", because the space they occupy is between atoms. Lone pairs cause more push because they can move freely on the outskirts of an atom, and thus it has a wider area of effect and a stronger push.
by RobertXu_2J
Sat Nov 16, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: Dipole Moments
Topic: London forces
Replies: 9
Views: 54

Re: London forces

London forces exist between all types of bonds and is universally present between all atoms. It is considered universal because no matter what types of molecules, london forces always exists between them.
by RobertXu_2J
Sat Nov 16, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Determining Molecular Shape (VSEPR)
Topic: All VSEPR structures or just ones from class?
Replies: 11
Views: 67

Re: All VSEPR structures or just ones from class?

Lavelle usually only makes us memorize the ones he teaches in class, so I think knowing only the ones from class will be sufficient for our next test. However, to be safe I would memorize all of them just in case.
by RobertXu_2J
Sat Nov 16, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: Interionic and Intermolecular Forces (Ion-Ion, Ion-Dipole, Dipole-Dipole, Dipole-Induced Dipole, Dispersion/Induced Dipole-Induced Dipole/London Forces, Hydrogen Bonding)
Topic: Polar/non-polar
Replies: 3
Views: 13

Re: Polar/non-polar

You look at the bonds and symmetry. If the bonds are covalent with no dipole moments, then it is non-polar. If they are polar bonds but there is symmetry it is also non-polar. Only if both of these are false then can it be polar.
by RobertXu_2J
Sat Nov 09, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: Bond Lengths & Energies
Topic: Shape of Molecules and bond strength
Replies: 5
Views: 28

Shape of Molecules and bond strength

Why does the shape of a molecule contribute to how strong the bond is between it and other molecules?
by RobertXu_2J
Sat Nov 09, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: Bond Lengths & Energies
Topic: Hydrogen Bonding melting point
Replies: 3
Views: 30

Re: Hydrogen Bonding melting point

Basically, higher melting point means that intermolecular forces are stronger, so molecules aren't as easily separated. Hydrogen bonds is a very strong attraction between different molecules, and because of hydrogen bonds, certain molecules have higher melting points than you would expect otherwise.
by RobertXu_2J
Sat Nov 09, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: Interionic and Intermolecular Forces (Ion-Ion, Ion-Dipole, Dipole-Dipole, Dipole-Induced Dipole, Dispersion/Induced Dipole-Induced Dipole/London Forces, Hydrogen Bonding)
Topic: Dipole-Dipole vs London
Replies: 4
Views: 29

Re: Dipole-Dipole vs London

London dispersion forces occur in all molecules. It refers to how, when electrons are moving randomly around the nucleus, there will always be an ebb and flow in how negatively/positively charged a particular region of that atom is. These slight imbalances that occur attract each other, so all atoms...
by RobertXu_2J
Sat Nov 09, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Polarisability of Anions, The Polarizing Power of Cations
Topic: Polar Covalent VS Ionic
Replies: 11
Views: 59

Re: Polar Covalent VS Ionic

If the difference in electronegativity is greater than two, then it is ionic. If it is not ionic, look at the difference in charge between the atoms to determine if it is polar.
by RobertXu_2J
Sat Nov 09, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: Interionic and Intermolecular Forces (Ion-Ion, Ion-Dipole, Dipole-Dipole, Dipole-Induced Dipole, Dispersion/Induced Dipole-Induced Dipole/London Forces, Hydrogen Bonding)
Topic: Hydrogen Bonding
Replies: 3
Views: 21

Re: Hydrogen Bonding

Adding on to what everyone else mentioned, hydrogen atoms are small in size, and because distance is inversely proportional to the strength of a bond, this contributes to the strength of the hydrogen bond.
by RobertXu_2J
Sat Nov 02, 2019 1:47 am
Forum: Properties of Light
Topic: Speed of light
Replies: 13
Views: 79

Re: Speed of light

Electromagnetic radiation travels at the speed of light, therefore we use the speed of light to calculate it. Light is a form of electromagnetic radiation, and the speed of light is really the speed of all these EM waves.
by RobertXu_2J
Sat Nov 02, 2019 1:45 am
Forum: Dipole Moments
Topic: induced dipole
Replies: 4
Views: 37

Re: induced dipole

An induced dipole is when an atom that is not usually able to form a dipole becomes a dipole because of interactions with neighboring atoms.
by RobertXu_2J
Sat Nov 02, 2019 1:43 am
Forum: Lewis Structures
Topic: Electrons Moving Around
Replies: 3
Views: 25

Re: Electrons Moving Around

If they form ions, then yes the electron "leaves". However if it's a covalent bond, then no, the electrons don't leave their home atoms, instead it creates kind of a "shared" orbital between the two atoms.
by RobertXu_2J
Sat Nov 02, 2019 1:41 am
Forum: Lewis Structures
Topic: Compound Names
Replies: 3
Views: 34

Re: Compound Names

According to a TA, they will most likely not give us just the name and ask us to find the formula from that. They said that even if they did, it would be an easy formula.
by RobertXu_2J
Sat Nov 02, 2019 1:04 am
Forum: Wave Functions and s-, p-, d-, f- Orbitals
Topic: General Question about Orbital... Filling..?
Replies: 5
Views: 32

Re: General Question about Orbital... Filling..?

They are different ways of writing it, but Lavelle specifically told us in class to write it [Ar] 3d2, 4s2. Whether or not he takes off points if you write it the other way I don't know, but definitely write it this way.
by RobertXu_2J
Sat Oct 26, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: Lewis Structures
Topic: Covalent vs Ionic
Replies: 2
Views: 12

Re: Covalent vs Ionic

Ionic bonds are much stronger than covalent bonds. This is because ionic bonds involve the complete transfer of electrons so the electrostatic forces are stronger.
by RobertXu_2J
Sat Oct 26, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Properties of Electrons
Topic: Mass of an Electron
Replies: 14
Views: 149

Re: Mass of an Electron

The mass of an electron is constant. While the orbit they take can change between elements and orbital levels, electrons are still electrons and their mass remains constant.
by RobertXu_2J
Sat Oct 26, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Sigma & Pi Bonds
Topic: Double bond
Replies: 15
Views: 111

Re: Double bond

Two things to pay attention to are formal charge and octets. Most elements want to have a full shell of valence electrons, so try to make sure that they all have 8 electrons around them. Next is to pay attention to the formal charge. If by forming a double bond, the formal charge is closer to 0, the...
by RobertXu_2J
Sat Oct 26, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: Electron Configurations for Multi-Electron Atoms
Topic: Electron Configuration Notation
Replies: 5
Views: 32

Re: Electron Configuration Notation

Although they are both correct, you should use the way Dr.Lavelle wants us to do it. Using 3d and 4s as an example, he wants us to do it this way to emphasize that when the 3d orbital is used, 3d actually has a lower energy level than 4s, even though the 4s is filled first.
by RobertXu_2J
Sat Oct 26, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: Lewis Structures
Topic: Drawing Lewis Structures
Replies: 8
Views: 58

Re: Drawing Lewis Structures

Hydrogen is never used as the central atom.
by RobertXu_2J
Sat Oct 19, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: Electron Configurations for Multi-Electron Atoms
Topic: Why 3d before 4s
Replies: 2
Views: 31

Why 3d before 4s

Why does Dr.Lavelle want us to put 3d before 4s when we are writing the electron configurations?
by RobertXu_2J
Sat Oct 19, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: Wave Functions and s-, p-, d-, f- Orbitals
Topic: Tips for the Midterm
Replies: 10
Views: 73

Re: Tips for the Midterm

Do all the homework questions and make sure you understand the concepts that were mentioned and the relevant equations.
by RobertXu_2J
Sat Oct 19, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: Properties of Light
Topic: What are the units of hertz
Replies: 41
Views: 239

Re: What are the units of hertz

The units for hertz is cycles per second, but the cycles can refer to a number of different cycles so it's -s.
by RobertXu_2J
Sat Oct 19, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: Electron Configurations for Multi-Electron Atoms
Topic: 4s vs. 3d
Replies: 6
Views: 39

Re: 4s vs. 3d

Strictly speaking, 3d is higher in energy than 4s only if there are no electrons in 3d. When the 3d starts filling up with electrons, the relative energies fluctuate and 4s ends up with a higher energy level as 3d becomes more filled.
by RobertXu_2J
Sat Oct 19, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Properties of Light
Topic: Unit Conversions
Replies: 6
Views: 61

Re: Unit Conversions

The way I do it is I convert it to meters first before finishing the calculations. Using your example, lets assume that we have 100 nm. Then 100 nm x (1 m/10^9 nm) x (10^12 pm/1 m) = 100,000 pm. Although this may take longer than converting directly, it makes sure that your answer is correct.
by RobertXu_2J
Fri Oct 11, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: SI Units, Unit Conversions
Topic: Showing work/ rearranging equations
Replies: 8
Views: 102

Re: Showing work/ rearranging equations

I think as long as your thought process is clear and they can tell what you were trying to do through your work, you should be good.
by RobertXu_2J
Fri Oct 11, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Accuracy, Precision, Mole, Other Definitions
Topic: Accuracy and Precision
Replies: 8
Views: 87

Re: Accuracy and Precision

This is just a fundamental topic that has more to do with labs. Precision does have a connection to significant figures though. Specifically, the more sig figs your data has, the more precise your answer.
by RobertXu_2J
Fri Oct 11, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: Properties of Electrons
Topic: Energy
Replies: 6
Views: 63

Re: Energy

Yes and yes. If the energy is not in those specific quanta amounts, it will not absorb it.
by RobertXu_2J
Fri Oct 11, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: Accuracy, Precision, Mole, Other Definitions
Topic: Theoretical vs. Actual Yield
Replies: 38
Views: 499

Re: Theoretical vs. Actual Yield

theoretical yield is the yield that will be obtained if all of the given reactants are used to completion and everything goes perfectly. However during real experiments, more often than not, things happen; the product sticks to the beaker, escapes into the atmosphere or something, and the yield obta...
by RobertXu_2J
Fri Oct 11, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Properties of Light
Topic: Energy Levels and Color of light
Replies: 4
Views: 45

Re: Energy Levels and Color of light

Color of light is decided by the wavelength of the light. If the electron loses energy and releases that energy as a photon, the wavelength of the photon decides the color of the light i think.
by RobertXu_2J
Wed Oct 02, 2019 11:51 pm
Forum: Empirical & Molecular Formulas
Topic: Question about Theoretical Yield
Replies: 8
Views: 109

Re: Question about Theoretical Yield

There is no difference between calculating theoretical yield with grams versus theoretical yield with moles. The only difference would be what units your answer is in. Something to always be careful about is what units the question wants your answer to be in. If you find that your units are differen...
by RobertXu_2J
Wed Oct 02, 2019 11:47 pm
Forum: Limiting Reactant Calculations
Topic: Why does the Limiting Reactant only affect the other reactant and not affect the product? [ENDORSED]
Replies: 4
Views: 73

Re: Why does the Limiting Reactant only affect the other reactant and not affect the product? [ENDORSED]

The products are being limited. Because there is a limited supply of CaC2, the reaction will eventually reach a point where there is no more CaC2, and therefore no more product being produced. It's like making a hamburger: no matter how much cheese (H2O) you have, if you run out of buns (CaC2), you ...
by RobertXu_2J
Wed Oct 02, 2019 11:41 pm
Forum: Significant Figures
Topic: When are zeroes significant in calculations?
Replies: 5
Views: 54

When are zeroes significant in calculations?

I'm confused. Sometimes zeroes are counted as significant and sometimes they are not. Does it depend on the position of the zero?
by RobertXu_2J
Wed Oct 02, 2019 11:33 pm
Forum: Limiting Reactant Calculations
Topic: Cases in which actual product is greater than theoretical?
Replies: 3
Views: 57

Re: Cases in which actual product is greater than theoretical?

If the actual yield is greater than the theoretical, one reason could be that the math wasn't done right and you should check your work. Another case could be human error, like accidentally mixing something else with the product.
by RobertXu_2J
Mon Sep 30, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: Empirical & Molecular Formulas
Topic: Empirical Formula
Replies: 7
Views: 55

Re: Empirical Formula

You don't have to assume that it is 100g, however, it is easier to assume that it is, because you want to convert the mass percentages into actual sample masses, and then use that to find out the molar mass of each element. 100g is a good, nice number, and assuming a 100g sample makes it easier to d...

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