Chemistry: The Science in Context (2nd Edition) by Thomas R. Gilbert, Rein V. Kirss, Geoffrey Davies, Natalie

By Thomas R. Gilbert, Rein V. Kirss, Geoffrey Davies, Natalie Foster

The moment variation of Chemistry offers a good and easy-to-remember problem-solving procedure whereas putting the technological know-how in organic, cosmological, geological, and environmental context.

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The examples shown here for each class are (a) an element, helium (He), the second most abundant in the universe; (b) a compound, fire extinguishers; hydrogen (H2), carbon dioxide (C02), and (c) a homogeneous and oxygen (0,). 1 I Chemistry and the Classes of Matter I 5 more elements linked together in characteristic and definite proportions. Compounds typically have characteristics very different from the elements of which they are composed. Water, for example, is a compound that is composed of two elements: hydrogen and oxygen.

Most elements occur in nature combined with other elements in the form of compounds. Just as elements are made of particles called atoms, compounds such as water are made of particles called molecules, which are a collection of atoms chemically bonded together in a characteristic pattern and proportion. 3. 6, we represent the reactions using models depicting atoms of hydrogen (the white spheres) and oxygen (the red spheres). Hydrogen and oxygen, like many elements that are gases at room temperature, exist as diatomic (two-atom) molecules and therefore are represented by the chemical formulas Hz and Oz.

9464 L and Expressing the Results I 19 20 I Chapter One I Matter, Energy, and the Origins of the Universe The needs of modern science require that the length of the meter, as well as the dimensions of other SI units, be known or defined by quantities that are much more constant than the length of a rod of platinum. Two such quantities are the speed of light (c) and time. In recent years the length corresponding to 1 meter has been redefined as the distance traveled by the light from a helium-neon laser in 1/299,792,458 of a second.

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