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The sequence of steps by which reactants are converted into products.

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Electrolyte

A substance whose aqueous solutions conduct electricity.

 

Ether

Compound in which an oxygen atom is bonded to two alkyl or two aryl groups, or one alkyl and one aryl group.

Total Ionic Equation

Equation for a chemical reaction written to show the predominant form of all species in aqueous solution or in contact with water.

Exothermicity

The release of heat by a system as a process occurs.

Fatty Acids

An aliphatic acid, many can obtained from animal fats.

Autoionization

An ionization reaction between identical molecules.

Pineapple literally "erodes" the tongue

Everyone who has ever tried fresh pineapple knows that if you eat too much, your lips and tongue hurt for a while. This is because the pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain. This enzyme literally "erodes" the tongue.

Optical Activity

The rotation of plane polarized light by one of a pair of optical isomers.

 

Insoluble Compound

A very slightly soluble compound.

Fluids

Substances that flow freely, gases and liquids.