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Either the oxidation part or the reduction part of a redox reaction.

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Alkaline Battery

A dry cell in which the electrolyte contains KOH.

Solution

Homogeneous mixture of two or more substances.

Gem-dimethyl group

Two methyl groups of the same carbon atom.

Quantum Numbers

Numbers that describe the energies of electrons in atoms, derived from quantum mechanical treatment.

Solvolysis

The reaction of a substance with the solvent in which it is dissolved.

Differential Thermal Analysis (DTA)

A technique for observing the temperature, direction, and magnitude of thermally induced transitions in a material by heating/cooling a sample and comparing its temperature with that of an inert reference material under similar conditions.

Free Energy, Gibbs Free Energy

The thermodynamic state function of a system that indicates the amount of energy available for the system to do useful work at constant T and P.

Peroxide

A compound containing oxygen in the -1 oxidation state. Metal peroxides contain the peroxide ion, O22

Autoionization

An ionization reaction between identical molecules.

Endothermicity

The absorption of heat by a system as the process occurs.