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p. 384. Its reactionslocked

  • Peter Atkins


The essence of chemistry is the transformation of one combination of atoms into another through reactions, and ‘Its reactions’ introduces some characteristics of these processes. It shows that there are only four fundamental types of reaction, each of which involves a very simple type of change. These are proton transfer, which involves acids and bases; electron transfer that is seen in oxidation and reduction; radical reactions where free radicals (molecules with an odd number of electrons) meet; and Lewis acid–base reactions. How these fundamental reactions are brought together and deployed by chemists to build structures of great intricacy is described.

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