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The laws of chemical combination

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This chapter focuses on the several laws of chemical combination. The law of conservation of matter states that matter cannot be created or destroyed in a chemical reaction. This law is based on the fact that atoms are not composed or destroyed by a chemical reaction. The law of constant composition states that a compound always contains the same elements combined together in the same proportion by mass. This is because the chemical composition of a compound cannot change; they are all identical molecules. The law of multiple proportions states that if two elements A and B combine together to form more than one compound, then thedifferent masses of A that combine with a fixed mass of ...

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