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One of the two mirror-image forms of an optically active molecule.

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Molecular Orbital Theory

A theory of chemical bonding based upon the postulated existence of molecular orbitals.


The ability of one liquid to mix with (dissolve in) another liquid.

Colligative Properties

Physical properties of solutions that depend upon the number but not the kind of solute particles present.

Molar Solubility

Number of moles of a solute that dissolve to produce a litre of saturated solution.

Mass Action Expression

For a reversible reaction, aA + bB cC + dD the product of the concentrations of the products (species on the right), each raised to the power that corresponds to its coefficient in the balanced chemical equation, divided by the product of the concentrations of reactants (species on the left), each raised to the power that corresponds to its coefficient in the balanced chemical equation. At equilibrium the mass action expression is equal to K, at other times it is Q.[C]c[D]d [A]a[B]b = Q, or at equilibrium K.

Inner Orbital Complex

Valence bond designation for a complex in which the metal ion utilizes d orbitals for one shell inside the outermost occupied shell in its hybridization.

Periodic Table

An arrangement of elements in order of increasing atomic numbers that also emphasizes periodicity.


A technique for separation of ions by rate and direction of migration in an electric field.

Boyle's Law

At constant temperature the volume occupied by a definite mass of a gas is inversely proportional to the applied pressure.


Elements 89 to 103 (between lawrencium and actinium) on the periodic table. Only the first four have been found in nature in appreciable amounts. The remainder have been produced synthetically.