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with the chemical formula Ca
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)2. It is a colourless crystal or white powder and is obtained when calcium oxide
Calcium oxide , commonly known as quicklime or burnt lime, is a widely used chemical compound. It is a white, caustic, alkaline crystalline solid at room temperature....
(called lime or quicklime) is mixed, or "slaked" with water
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. It has many names including hydrated lime, builders lime, slack lime, cal, or pickling lime. It is of low toxicity and finds many applications, including for food.
When heated to 512 °C, the partial pressure
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of water in equilibrium with calcium hydroxide reaches 101 kPa, which decomposes
Chemical decomposition, analysis or breakdown is the separation of a chemical compound into elements or simpler compounds. It is sometimes defined as the exact opposite of a chemical synthesis. Chemical decomposition is often an undesired chemical reaction...
calcium hydroxide into calcium oxide and water.
- Ca(OH)2 → CaO + H2O
A suspension of fine calcium hydroxide particles in water is called milk of lime.