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Forces between individual particles (atoms, molecules, ions) of a substance.

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Zone Refining

A method of purifying a bar of metal by passing it through an induction heater, this causes impurties to move along a melted portion. This method applies the fact when a metal crystallizes on cooling, impurities are automatically expelled as they do not form part of the crystal.

Conduction Band

A partially filled band or a band of vacant energy levels just higher in energy than a filled band, a band within which, or into which, electrons must be promoted to allow electrical conduction to occur in a solid.

Octane Number

A number that indicates how smoothly a gasoline burns.

Neutron

A neutral subatomic particle having a mass of 1.0087 amu.

Electron Affinity

The amount of energy absorbed in the process in which an electron is added to a neutral isolated gaseous atom to form a gaseous ion with a 1- charge, has a negative value if energy is released.

Heat of Crystallization

The amount of heat that must be removed from one gram of a liquid at its freezing point to freeze it with no change in temperature.

Ternary Acid

A ternary compound containing H, O, and another element, often a nonmetal.

Homogeneous Mixture

A mixture which has uniform composition and properties throughout.

Period

The elements in a horizontal row of the periodic table.

yttria

Y2O3: A white, water-insoluble powder, Y2O3, used chiefly in incandescent gas and acetylene mantles.