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why is the suffix of alcohols -ol but not -al?

According to the IUPAC nomenclature, we put the suffix “-ol” to alcohols while we put the suffix “-al” to aldehydes. This will be related to some etymology issues. I presume “-ol” and “-al” are ...
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What the link between radical(root) and its meaning in chemistry inside etymology [closed]

All i know radical mean root and when i heard root all what i think about is the root in plant so what the link? Why they chose ...
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What does "bulk concentration" mean?

In biogeochemistry/ecosystem models, the concentration of phytoplankton in sea water is often termed "bulk concentration" with units mol P/m^3 (moles of phosphorus per cubic meter, assuming ...
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Is 18:82 a valid ratio for aqua regia?

Here it writes that nitrohydrochloric acid (possibly Aqua Regia) is of the ratio of $18:82$, which is $1:4.56$ in a simpler form. On Wikipedia and every other source i found the ratio $1:3$. So what's ...
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Why is '-ethane' in 'methane'?

Is there a chemical or historical significance in the fact that 'ethane' is just 'methane' without the 'm'?
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Why is Buna-S called so?

Styrene Butadiene synthetic rubber is also called Buna-S. It is the abbreviation of Butadiene (Bu) Sodium (Na) Styrene (S). Why is Sodium included?
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