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CHEM1006 Lecture 6: Chem2_6

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CHEM1006
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Lecture 6
History of the Law of Definite Composition or Proportions.
French chemist Joseph Proust proposed the law of definite composition or proportions based
on his experiments conducted between 1798 and 1804 on the elemental composition of water
and copper carbonate.
In 1806, Proust summarized his observations in what is now called Proust's Law.
It stated that chemical compounds are formed of constant and defined ratios of elements, as
determined by mass.
Carbon dioxide is composed of one carbon atom and two oxygen atoms.
By mass, carbon dioxide can be described by the fixed ratio of 12:32, or simplified as 3:8.
At the time, Proust's theory was a controversial one and disputed by a number of chemists,
most notably another French chemist, Claude Louis Berthollet.
Berthollet supported the concept that elements could mix in any ratio.
The English chemist John Dalton's formulation of atomic theory supported Proust's idea at an
atomic level, as Dalton proposed that chemical compounds were composed of set formulations
of atoms from different elements.
Dalton's law of multiple proportions expanded on the law of definite composition to postulate
that, in situations in which elements can combine to form multiple combinations, the ratio of
the elements in those compounds can be expressed as small whole numbers.
Applications of the Law of Definite Composition or Proportions.
The law of definite composition has applications to both molecular compounds with a fixed
composition and ionic compounds as they require certain ratios to achieve electrical neutrality.
There are some exceptions to the law of definite composition.
These compounds are known as non-stoichometric compounds, and examples include ferrous
oxide.
The law of definite composition does not account for isotopic mixtures.
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Lecture 6 History of the Law of Definite Composition or Proportions. French chemist Joseph Proust proposed the law of definite composition or proportions based on his experiments conducted between 1798 and 1804 on the elemental composition of water and copper carbonate. In 1806, Proust summarized his observations in what is now called Proust's Law. It stated that chemical compounds are formed of constant and defined ratios of elements, as determined by mass. Carbon dioxide is composed of one carbon atom and two oxygen atoms. By mass, carbon dioxide can be described by the fixed ratio of 12:32, or simplified as 3:8. At the time, Proust's theory was a controversial one and disputed by a number of chemists, most notably another French chemist, Claude Louis Berthollet. Berthollet supported the concept that elements could mix in any ratio. The English chemist John Dalton's formulation of atomi
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