Dot in a chemical equation

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Brandon Li
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Dot in a chemical equation

Postby Brandon Li » Sun Mar 17, 2024 8:59 pm

What does the dot, which stands for in combination, in a chemical equation mean? Does it mean that the compound is bonded with the other compound? For example Fe2O3 dot 3H2O?
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Arianna Zhou 1D
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Re: Dot in a chemical equation

Postby Arianna Zhou 1D » Sun Mar 17, 2024 9:02 pm

The dot usually comes before one or more H2O molecules and indicates the compound is a hydrate.

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