Frequently Asked Questions

STOICHIOMETRY

What is the difference between an atom and a molecule? Answer.
What is a hydrate? Answer.
Which polyatomic anions and cations do I need to know? Answer.
How do I know when a precipitate is formed? Answer.
What is the common form (formula and state) of each element at 25oC and 1 atmosphere? Answer.
What is a titration and how is it used in analysis? Answer.
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ACIDS, BASES, BUFFERS, AND TITRATION CURVES

What do the terms "strong" and "weak" mean when referred to acids and bases? Answer.
How do I know when an acid is a strong acid? Answer.
How do I know when an acid is a weak acid? Answer.
What is a salt? Answer.
How do I know when a solution is a buffer and how does it work? Answer.
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ATOMIC AND MOLECULAR STRUCTURE

What does "paramagnetic" mean? Answer.
What is an isoelectronic series? Answer.
How do I determine the number of valence electrons in a molecule or ion? Answer.
What is a radical? Answer.
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ORGANIC CHEMISTRY

What is a saturated hydrocarbon? Answer.
What is an unsaturated hydrocarbon? Answer.
What are primary, secondary, and tertiary carbons? Answer.
What determines the melting point and boiling point of a molecule? Answer.
What is a nucleophile? Answer.
What are enantiomers? Answer.
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