Humboldt State University ® Department of Chemistry

Richard A. Paselk

Chem 109 - General Chemistry - Spring 2013

Lecture Notes 6: 4 February


Chemical Periodicity

Look at the Periodic Chart.



Terms etc.:



Stoichiometry is the quantitative study of the composition of compounds (e.g. determining the ratios of atoms in a molecule) and/or the ratios of substances in chemical reactions.

The Mole

This is the SI unit of amount of substance. 1 mole = the number of carbon atoms in 12 g of 12C. This number, called Avogadro's Number, has been measured as 6.022 x 1023 mol-1 (current value: 6.022 141 99 x 1023mol-1). Notice that this number can refer to anything (a mole of eagles, a mole of pennies, etc.). In each case we are talking about 6.022 x 1023 items or entities.

For chemists a mole has two common uses:

Note that Avogadro's number, 6.022 x 1023 is thus the conversion factor from amu's to grams!

Mole Samples Demo


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