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A colorless, crystalline compound, XeF6, that melts at 50°C to a yellow liquid, and boils at 75°C.

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Reversible Reaction

Reactions that do not go to completion and occur in both the forward and reverse direction.

Electronic Geometry

The geometric arrangement of orbitals containing the shared and unshared electron pairs surrounding the central atom of a molecule or polyatomic ion.

Boyle's Law

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

A brief history of dyeing fabrics

 Dyeing fabrics is giving the fibers a homogeneous color that has a certain degree of strength. The methods of dyeing are very diverse, depending on the properties of the dyes and the dyed fibers.

Heat of Solution

The amount of heat absorbed in the formation of solution that contains one mole of solute, the value is positive if heat is absorbed (endothermic) and negative if heat is released (exothermic).


A measure of the relative tendency of an atom to attract electrons to itself when chemically combined with another atom.

Dumas Method

A method used to determine the molecular weights of volatile liquids.


Different substances that have the same formula.

Colligative Properties

Physical properties of solutions that depend upon the number but not the kind of solute particles present.

Differential Thermal Analysis (DTA)

A technique for observing the temperature, direction, and magnitude of thermally induced transitions in a material by heating/cooling a sample and comparing its temperature with that of an inert reference material under similar conditions.