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The degree of polymerization, the average number of monomer units per polymer unit.

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Cation

A positive ion, an atom or group of atoms that has lost one or more electrons.

Alpha (a) Particle

Helium ion with 2+ charge, an assembly of two protons and two neutrons.

Charle's Law

At constant pressure the volume occupied by a definite mass of gas is directly proportional to its absolute temperature.

Breeder Reactor

A nuclear reactor that produces more fissionable nuclear fuel than it consumes.

Specific Heat

The amount of heat required to raise the temperature of one gram of substance one degree Celsius.

Chemical Equilibrium

A state of dynamic balance in which the rates of forward and reverse reactions are equal, there is no net change in concentrations of reactants or products while a system is at equilibrium.

Alkaline Earth Metals

Group IIA metals

Electroplating

Plating a metal onto a (cathodic) surface by electrolysis.

Saponification

Hydrolysis of esters in the presence of strong soluable bases.

Debye

The unit used to express dipole moments.