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A series of compounds in which each member differs from the next by a specific number and kind of atoms.

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Weak Electrolyte

A substance that conducts electricity poorly in a dilute aqueous solution.

Compressed Gas

A gas or mixture of gases having, in a container an absolute pressure exceeding 40 psi at 21.1°C (70°F)

Curie (Ci)

The basic unit used to describe the intensity of radioactivity in a sample of material. One curie equals 37 billion disintegrations per second or approximately the amount of radioactivty given off by 1 gram of radium.

Ore

A natural deposit containing a mineral of an element to be extracted.

Excited State

Any state other than the ground state of an atom or molecule.

Percent Composition

The mass percent of each element in a compound.

Valence Bond Theory

Assumes that covalent bonds are formed when atomic orbitals on different atoms overlap and the electrons are shared.

Degenerate

Of the same energy.

Thermonuclear Energy

The energy stored in the nucleus of an atom and released through fission, fusion, or radioactivity. In these processes a small amount of mass is converted to energy according to the relationship E = mc2, where E is energy, m is mass, and c is the speed of light.

Critical Point

The combination of critical temperature and critical pressure of a substance.