Chemistry: The Molecular Nature of Matter and Change 7th Edition

Published by McGraw-Hill Education
ISBN 10: 007351117X
ISBN 13: 978-0-07351-117-7

Chapter 1 - Problems - Page 36: 1.13


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In the problem, he was able to measure the weight of burning mercury plus gas. He also found that the product of combustion has equal weight as the two components. Therefore, he discovered that combustion is the result of oxygen interacting with the mercury. This principal is based on the law of conservation of mass today.
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