1 THE MOLE Chapter 3 What is a MOLE? •A cute, burrowing animal? •An overgrowth of epidermal tissue? •A spy? •A TV show? •It is all these things and more…Avogadro and the MOLE The Mole •A mole of anythingis 6.02214 x 1023of that thing. •In Chemistry, we work with very smallparticles, so we must work with a very largequantity of them. •The mole is a convenient number to count a large quantity of particles. •We can talk about a mole of anything, but we usually use it to talk about atoms, molecules, ions, andformula units–Matter at the particle level. 6.02214 x 1023is also called Avogadro’s number.
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