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Curie (Ci)

The basic unit used to describe the intensity of radioactivity in a sample of material. One curie equals 37 billion disintegrations per second or approximately the amount of radioactivty given off by 1 gram of radium.

Spectrochemical Series

Arrangement of ligands in order of increasing ligand field strength.

Biodegradability

The ability of a substance to be broken down into simpler substances by bacteria.

 

Ore

A natural deposit containing a mineral of an element to be extracted.

Weak Electrolyte

A substance that conducts electricity poorly in a dilute aqueous solution.

Solubility Product Principle

The solubility product constant expression for a slightly soluble compound is the product of the concentrations of the constituent ions, each raised to the power that corresponds to the number of ions in one formula unit.

Actinides

Elements 89 to 103 (between lawrencium and actinium) on the periodic table. Only the first four have been found in nature in appreciable amounts. The remainder have been produced synthetically.

Boyle's Law

At constant temperature the volume occupied by a definite mass of a gas is inversely proportional to the applied pressure.

Rate-determining Step

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

Metallurgy

Refers to the overall processes by which metals are extracted from ores.