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Semiconductor

A substance that does not conduct electricity at low temperatures but does so at higher temperatures.

Oxidizing Agent

The substance that oxidizes another substance and is reduced.

Addition Reaction

A reaction in which two atoms or groups of atoms are added to a molecule, one on each side of a double or triple bond. Types of addition reaction include electrophilic, nucleophilic (polar) and free radical addition (non-polar).

Formula Unit

The smallest repeating unit of a substance. The molecule for nonionic substances

Inert s-pair Effect

Characteristic of the post-transition minerals, tendency of the outermost s electrons to remain nonionized or un shared in compounds.

Natural Radioactivity

Spontaneous decomposition of an atom.

Colligative Properties

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

Dipole-dipole Interactions

Attractive interactions between polar molecules, that is, between molecules with permanent dipoles.

Control Rods

Rods of materials such as cadmium or boron steel that act as neutron obsorbers (not merely moderaters) used in nuclear reactors to control neutron fluxes and therfore rates of fission.

Isomorphous

Refers to crystals having the same atomic arrangement.