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Name: Naveed
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Age: 30s
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Date: December 10, 2002


Question:
What is the difference between half-hydrate and hemihydrate of gypsum?



Replies:
Naveed,

They are the same. Either way you call it, half hydrate or hemihydrate, the substance is Plaster of Paris. Natural gypsum is the dihydrate form of calcium sulfate.

There is an entry in the Newton database that describes the water-proportional chemistry of the two forms.

David R. Cook
Atmospheric Research Section
Environmental Research Division
Argonne National Laboratory


As far as I know, they are the same thing, otherwise known as plaster of Paris.

Richard E. Barrans Jr., Ph.D.
PG Research Foundation, Darien, Illinois



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