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Ch 9: Overview of Inorganic Chemistry

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Overview of Inorganic Chemistry - Chapter Summary

Lessons in this informative chapter introduce the properties of hard and soft water as well as some characteristics and examples of inorganic compounds. The chapter will also explain why nitrogen is essential for all living things. An equally vital compound, carbon, is described, along with its use in biological processes.

In these lessons, you can learn about sulfur dioxide's effects on plants and photosynthesis, and discover the many uses, structure and formula of nitric acid. Once you complete these lessons, you will be able to accomplish the following:

  • Describe some common sources of ammonia
  • Explain where carbon dioxide can be found
  • Detail the many uses of chlorine
  • Discuss the molecular structure of hydrochloric acid
  • Outline the ways phosphoric acid is used in agriculture
  • Explain the properties of sulfuric acid

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12 Lessons in Chapter 9: Overview of Inorganic Chemistry
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Hard & Soft Water: Properties & Treatment

1. Hard & Soft Water: Properties & Treatment

In this lesson we will learn the definition of hard and soft water, how to measure the hardness of water using titration, and how to soften hard water using ion exchange.

What Are Inorganic Compounds? - Definition, Characteristics & Examples

2. What Are Inorganic Compounds? - Definition, Characteristics & Examples

In this lesson, we'll learn what makes a compound inorganic, discuss some typical characteristics of inorganic compounds, and provide several examples from everyday life.

What is Nitrogen? - Cycle & Formula

3. What is Nitrogen? - Cycle & Formula

Nitrogen is a vital element for all living things. This lesson walks through some of the properties of nitrogen, the nitrogen cycle, and other uses of nitrogen.

What is Ammonia? - Formula & Sulfate

4. What is Ammonia? - Formula & Sulfate

This lesson describes the molecular compound ammonia. Common sources of ammonia and the chemical bonding, simple reactions, and uses of one particular compound, ammonium sulfate, are included in the discussion.

What Is Carbon? - Definition & Role in Living Organisms

5. What Is Carbon? - Definition & Role in Living Organisms

After watching this video, you will be able to explain what carbon is, how it is used in biological processes and why it is so vital to life on Earth. A short quiz will follow.

What is Carbon Dioxide? - Definition & Explanation

6. What is Carbon Dioxide? - Definition & Explanation

Carbon dioxide is a colorless, odorless gas found in our atmosphere, our bodies, and many other places. Learn more about this gas and take the quiz at the end of the lesson.

What is Chlorine? - Facts, Uses, Properties & Formula

7. What is Chlorine? - Facts, Uses, Properties & Formula

In this lesson we will learn about chlorine - its history, function as a disinfectant, oxidizer, place in the periodic table and what it means for it to be a halogen.

Hydrogen Chloride: Formula, Structure & Properties

8. Hydrogen Chloride: Formula, Structure & Properties

Hydrochloric acid is a strong acid that contains a hydrogen and a chlorine atom per molecule. It is an important acid commercially and biologically, and this lesson will discuss the properties of HCl that contribute to these uses.

What is Sulfur Dioxide? - Definition, Formula & Uses

9. What is Sulfur Dioxide? - Definition, Formula & Uses

Sulfur dioxide is a chemical naturally found in small amounts in the atmosphere and is a primary precursor of sulfuric acid. In this lesson, we'll discuss the formula and structure of sulfur dioxide, its functions, and its impact on our health and the environment.

What is Nitric Acid? - Structure, Uses & Formula

10. What is Nitric Acid? - Structure, Uses & Formula

In addition to its uses in chemical laboratories, nitric acid is utilized in fertilizer, rocket fuel, and metallurgy. In this lesson, we will discuss nitric acid and its different uses, as well as learn about its formula and structure.

What is Phosphoric Acid? - Structure, Uses & Formula

11. What is Phosphoric Acid? - Structure, Uses & Formula

Would you ever drink a strong acid? Probably not knowingly, but you almost certainly have already. Curious? Read this lesson on phosphoric acid and its structure, formula, uses, and more.

Sulfuric Acid: Formula, Structure & Properties

12. Sulfuric Acid: Formula, Structure & Properties

Would you ever put a dangerous acid inside of your mouth? Probably not. But some people might. Find out why on this lesson on sulfuric acid and its formula, structure, properties, and more!

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