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A ligand atom whose electrons are shared with a Lewis acid.

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Boiling Point

The temperature at which the vapor pressure of a liquid is equal to the applied pressure, also the condensation point

Mechanism

The sequence of steps by which reactants are converted into products.

Moderator

A substance such as hydrogen, deuterium, oxygen or paraffin capable of slowing fast nuetrons upon collision.

Valence Shell Electron Pair Repulsion Theory

Assumes that electron pairs are arranged around the central element of a molecule or polyatomic ion so that there is maximum separation (and minimum repulsion) among regions of high electron density.

 

Dextrorotatory

Refers to an optically active substance that rotates the plane of plane polarized light clockwise, also called dextro.

Background Radiation

Ratiation extraneous to an experiment. Usually the low-level natural radiation form cosmic rays and trace radioactive substances present in our environment.

Condensation

Liquefaction of vapor.

Distilland

The material in a distillation apparatus that is to be distilled.

Specific Gravity

The ratio of the density of a substance to the density of water.

Crystal Field Theory

Theory of bonding in transition metal complexes in which ligands and metal ions are treated as point charges, a purely ionic model, ligand point charges represent the crystal (electrical) field perturbing the metal?s d orbitals containing nonbonding electrons.