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Ion Product for Water

Equilibrium constant for the ionization of water, Kw = [H3O+][OH-] =1.00 x 10-14 at 25 °C.

Crystalline Solid

A solid characterized by a regular, ordered arrangement of particles.

Native State

Refers to the occurrence of an element in an uncombined or free state in nature.


Rate-determining Step

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


Discovered : at both Berkeley, California, USA, and Dubna, near Moscow, Russia in 1970. Description:A highly radioactive metal which does not occur naturally, and of which only a few atoms have ever been made. It is of research interest only. Origin:The element is named after the Russian town of Dubna.

Hess' Law of Heat Summation

The enthalpy change for a reaction is the same whether it occurs in one step or a series of steps.

Specific Rate Constant

An experimentally determined (proportionality) constant, which is different for different reactions and which changes only with temperature, k in the rate-law expression: Rate = k [A] x [B]v.

Activity Series

A listing of metals (and hydrogen) in order of decreasing activity.

Raoult's Law

The vapor pressure of a solvent in an ideal solution decreases as its mole fraction decreases.

Surface Tension

It is the force in dynes acting along the surface of the liquid 1cm in length and perpendicular to it.