In our States of Matter chapter, we will cover the four main phases of matter dealt with in chemistry: solids, liquids, gases, and solutions. Another state, plasma, is briefly discussed, but since work with plasmas is rare in chemistry, we will not explore this state in great depth. While this chapter may sound simple, it involves some very important and complex concepts relating to the crystal structure of solids, intermolecular attractions in the gaseous and liquid states, and the effect of solutes on the boiling point of liquids. The next three chapters of this web site will be loaded with information; if you get through them, pat yourself on the back!
In this section, we'll explore:
Characteristics of the Four States
Types of Solids
Solubilities of Solids
Intermolecular Forces in Liquids
Gas Laws (Ideal and Non-Ideal)
Partial Pressures and Kp
Kinetic-Molecular Theory and Effusion
Solute Effects on Solvents
Solubility Products (Ksp)
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