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Bonding within metals due to the electrical attraction of positively charges metal ions for mobile electrons that belong to the crystal as a whole.

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Polydentate

Refers to ligands with more than one donor atom.

Homonuclear

Consisting of only one element.

Absorption Spectrum

Spectrum associated with absorption of electromagnetic radiation by atoms (or other species) resulting from transitions from lower to higher energy states. An absorption spectrum is the inverse of an emission spectrum.

Tetrahedral

A term used to describe molecules and polyatomic ions that have one atom in center and four atoms at the corners of a tetrahedron.

Thermodynamics

The study of the energy transfers accompanying physical and chemical processes.

Metathesis Reactions

Reactions in which two compounds react to form two new compounds, with no changes in oxidation number. Reactions in which the ions of two compounds exchange partners.

 

Rate-determining Step

The slowest step in a mechanism, the step that determines the overall rate of reaction.

Insoluble Compound

A very slightly soluble compound.

Coulomb

Unit of electrical charge.

Acetic Acid

CA3COOH, clear, colorless liquid, pungent odor. Boiling point 140C, flash point 54C (closed cup), autoignition temperature 38OC.