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[*] posted on 8-12-2011 at 07:35
Exams coming up


i got a chemistry exam coming up in a few days, and i got a feeling i might have to talk abit of the chemicals properties of water. I feel pretty well prepared, but its always nice to have something to impress the censor with. And my book doesent really go very far out on the properties of water. So i wondered if anyone have a few links they feel like throwing out?

Especially on the formation and structure of hydrates.

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[*] posted on 8-12-2011 at 08:20

Search for such things as superheated or supercooled water. Pretty interesting, I think. You can also mention so-called "methane hydrate"
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[*] posted on 10-12-2011 at 15:31

I read this page:
that compares the solubility of various compounds in water with their solubility in carbon tetrachloride. You should mention that water has the unusual property of its liquid phase being more dense than its solid phase due to hydrogen bonding exhibited by liquid water molecules. The property is why lakes "freeze over" forming an insulative blanket of ice on the top of lakes which is what allows the aquatic lifeforms in it to survive cold winters. It is also the reason pipes often burst when the temperature gets so cold that the water inside them freezes and why ice cubes float instead of sink.

To impress them, you could talk about hydrogels:
they're basically water insoluble polymers that form a molecular cage which entraps water so you end up with a substance that is actually 99% liquid but in many ways mimics the properties of a solid.

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[*] posted on 10-12-2011 at 16:58


You should check out Peter Wothers' show "Just Add Water": he does a bunch of excellent demonstrations while explaining the various properties of water.

He highlights some very cool features of the molecule.

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