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

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Tyndall Effect

The scattering of light by colloidal particles.

Dissociation

In aqueous solution, the process in which a solid ionic compound separates into its ions.

Band

A series of very closely spaced, nearly continuous molecular orbitals that belong to the crystal as a whole.

Coefficient of expansion

The ratio of the change in length or volumen of a body to the original lengthor volume for a unit change in temperature.

Polydentate

Refers to ligands with more than one donor atom.

Method of Initial Rates

Method of determining the rate-law expression by carrying out a reaction with different initial concentrations and analyzing the resultant changes in initial rates.

Potential Energy

Energy that matter possesses by virtue of its position, condition or composition.

Alkenes (Olefins)

Unsaturated hydrocarbons that contain one or more carbon-carbon double bonds.

Rate-law Expression

Equation relating the rate of a reaction to the concentrations of the reactants and the specific rate of the constant.

Mass Spectrometer

An instrument that measures the charge-to-mass ratio of charged particles.