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What Is a Base in Chemistry?

In simple terms, a basic or an alkaline solution has a pH value of above 7. As you probably recall from your secondary school chemistry lessons, a base is a proton acceptor. This means it attracts the hydrogen of an acid during a neutralisation reaction. That means, according to the Brønsted-Lowry definition, a base has a negatively charged ion that...

What is an Acid in Chemistry?

Acids are solutions that are both corrosive and reactive, especially with metals. They react with bases to form salts in neutralisation reactions.  Acids can be organic or inorganic and either strong or weak. They often occur naturally. For example, hydrochloric acid is found in the stomachs of mammals, including humans. Acids are also commonly produced by plants, such as the...

A Level Chemistry Revision: Organic Chemistry – Optical Isomerism

Isomerism is the molecular property of substances that have the same chemical formulas but different molecular arrangements.  The molecular structures are almost identical, but in reverse. Isomers are mirror images of each other that cannot be superimposed because some of the elements are located in reversed spatial locations. This property sometimes leads to different chemical behaviours. Specifically, optical isomerism is a...

What is Alcohol in Chemistry?

Alcohol is one of the prehistoric chemical discoveries of humankind, with the earliest archaeological evidence of winemaking dating back to about 8,000 years ago. An analysis of pottery, pollen and chemical residues excavated from a site in Georgia suggests a Stone Age farming community there was making wine as early as 6,000 BC. Although prehistoric, Neolithic people didn’t understand the...

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