CHEMISTRY SOL REVIEW NOTES
Before naming a compound, you have to figure out what kind of compound it is. We will
consider three types:
1. Ionic Compounds Without a Transition Metal.
Basically if the compound contains a metal, it is ionic. But there are different sets
of rules for transition metals.
a. So for a compound with any other metal, apply these rules:
The metal ion's name does not change regardless of charge
The non-metal's name ends in ide.
For example: AlCl3 = aluminum chloride
Na2S = sodium sulfide
b. In going backwards (from name to formula), we will have more fun. In
such a case the total charge of the (+) and (-) ions in the compound has to be
Example: What is the correct formula for calcium phosphide?
Here, we have to consider the common charges for calcium and phosphorus,
which are +2 and -3, respectively. Ca+2 and P-3
So the answer is Ca3P2.
Other examples: potassium oxide : K+1 and O-2 give K2O
aluminum bromide Al+3 and Br-1 yield AlBr3.
c. Polyatomic Ions
When metals are bonded to polyatomic ions, which consist of two or more atoms
with one overall charge, the same rules apply, but you have to learn the names
and charges of common polyatomic ions.
Polyatomic Ion Name
HCO3-1 hydrogen carbonate or bicarbonate
2. Ionic Compounds With a Transition Metal.
The only difference here is that we have to specify the charge of the transition
metal ion by using a Roman numeral, and keep in mind that a transition metal is
an element with an atomic number of 21 to 30, 39 to 48 or 57 to 80.
Roman numeral Charge
Example: manganese(II) oxide contains Mn+2 and O-2. So we just need one of
each and the formula becomes MnO.
Copper(I) oxide is Cu2O.
Example: What is the correct name of CrCl3 ?
The charge of Cr is unknown = x . But chloride = (-1). The sum of the charges
has top be zero, so:
x +3(-1) = 0.
x = 3.
Answer: CrCl3 = chromium (III) chloride.
3. Covalent Compounds. These are formed from non-metals that share electrons.
Because there are many sharing possibilities between two non-metals, the formula
cannot be guessed unless we have a naming system that reveals the number of
For this we use a set of prefixes:
Prefix Number of atoms
The only time we drop a prefix is if the mono is to appear at the beginning of the
Examples: CO = carbon monoxide ( note we don't say monocarbon monoxide)
CO2 = carbon dioxide
dinitrogen pentoxide = N2O5.
phosphorus trichloride PCl3.
Note that none of the above compounds contain a metal. Metals do not form
covalent compounds, so we generally don't use prefixes for compounds
There are two kinds of numbers in the world:
o example: There are exactly 12 eggs in a dozen.
o example: Most people have exactly 10 fingers and 10 toes.
o example: any measurement.
If I quickly measure the width of a piece of notebook paper, I might get
220 mm (2 significant figures). If I am more precise, I might get 216 mm
(3 significant figures). An even more precise measurement would be 215.6
mm (4 significant figures).
PRECISION VERSUS ACCURACY
Accuracy refers to how closely a measured value agrees with the correct value.
Precision refers to how closely individual measurements agree with each other.
(the average is accurate) and
not precise precise
Rules for Working with Significant Figures:
1. Leading zeros are never significant.
Imbedded zeros are always significant.
Trailing zeros are significant only if the decimal point is specified.
Hint: Change the number to scientific notation. It is easier to see.
2. Addition or Subtraction:
The last digit retained is set by the first doubtful digit.
3. Multiplication or Division:
The answer contains no more significant figures than the least accurately known
Example Number of Scientific
0.00682 3 6.82 x 10-3 Leading zeros are not significant.
1.072 4 1.072 (x 100) Imbedded zeros are always significant.
300 1 3 x 102 Trailing zeros are significant only if the
decimal point is specified.
300. 3 3.00 x 102
300.0 4 3.000 x 102
Addition Even though your calculator gives you the answer
8.0372, you must round off to 8.04. Your answer
must only contain 1 doubtful number. Note that the
doubtful digits are underlined.
Subtraction Subtraction is interesting when concerned with
significant figures. Even though both numbers
involved in the subtraction have 5 significant figures,
the answer only has 3 significant figures when
rounded correctly. Remember, the answer must only
have 1 doubtful digit.
Multiplication The answer must be rounded off to 2 significant
figures, since 1.6 only has 2 significant figures.
Division The answer must be rounded off to 3 significant
figures, since 45.2 has only 3 significant figures.
Notes on Rounding
When rounding off numbers to a certain number of significant figures, do so to
the nearest value.
o example: Round to 3 significant figures: 2.3467 x 10 (Answer: 2.35 x
o example: Round to 2 significant figures: 1.612 x 10 (Answer: 1.6 x 10 )
What happens if there is a 5? There is an arbitrary rule:
o If the number before the 5 is odd, round up.
o If the number before the 5 is even, let it be.
The justification for this is that in the course of a series of many
calculations, any rounding errors will be averaged out.
o example: Round to 2 significant figures: 2.35 x 10 (Answer: 2.4 x 10 )
o example: Round to 2 significant figures: 2.45 x 10 (Answer: 2.4 x 10 )
o Of course, if we round to 2 significant figures: 2.451 x 10 , the answer is
2 2 2
definitely 2.5 x 10 since 2.451 x 10 is closer to 2.5 x 10 than 2.4 x 102.
Example: Calculate the empirical formula for a compound that has 43.7 g P (phosphorus)
and 56.3 grams of oxygen. First we convert to moles:
43.7 grams P 1 mol
1 30.97 grams
56.3 grams O 1 mol
x = 3.52 moles
1 16.00 grams
Next we divide the moles to try to get an even ratio.
Phosphorus: = 1.00
Oxygen: = 2.50
When we divide, we did not get whole numbers so we must multiply by two (2). The
answer = P2O5
The Discovery of the Atom
Thompson’s “Plum Pudding” Model
The first major discovery that set off modern atomic theory was that atoms aren’t in fact the
smallest things that exist. J. J. Thompson discovered the electron in 1897, which led him to
posit a “plum pudding” model (a.k.a. the “raisin pudding” model) for the atom. Electrons
are small negative charges, and Thompson suggested that these negative charges are
distributed about a positively charged medium like plums in a plum pudding.
Rutherford’s Gold Foil Experiment
In a series of experiments from 1909 to 1911, Ernest Rutherford established that atoms have
nuclei. His discovery came by accident and as a total surprise. His experiment consisted of
firing alpha particles, which we will examine in more detail shortly, at a very thin sheet of
This unexpected result shows that the mass of an atom is not as evenly distributed as
Thompson and others had formerly assumed. Rutherford’s conclusion, known as the
Rutherford nuclear model, was that the mass of an atom is mostly concentrated in a
nucleus made up of tightly bonded protons and neutrons, which are then orbited by
Concept of mole/molar ratio
1) How many moles of sodium atoms correspond to 1.56x1021 atoms of sodium?
2) How many moles of Al are in 2.16 mol of Al2O3?
3) Aluminum sulfate, Al2(SO4)3, is a compound used in sewage treatment plants.
a. a. Construct a pair of conversion factors that relate moles of aluminum to
moles of sulfur for this compound
b. b. Construct a pair of conversion factors that relate moles of sulfur to moles of
c. c. How many moles of Al are in a sample of this compound if the sample also
contains 0.900 mol S?
d. d. How many moles of S are in 1.16 mol Al2(SO4)3?
4) What is the total number of atoms in 0.260 mol of glucose, C6H12O6?
Percent composition and empirical formulas
5) Calculate the percentage composition by mass of each element in the following
a. a. NaH2PO4
b. b. NH4H2PO4
c. c. (CH3)2CO
6) Quantitative analysis of a sample of sodium pertechnetate with a mass of 0.896g found
0.111g Na and 0.477g technetium (Tc). The remainder was oxygen. Calculate the
empirical formula of sodium pertechnetate, NaxTcyOz.
7) A substance was found to be composed of 22.9% Na, 21.5% B, and 55.7% O. What is the
empirical formula of this compound?
8) When 0.684 g of an organic compound containing only C, H, and O was burned in
oxygen 1.312g CO2 and 0.805g H2O were obtained. What is the empirical formula of the
9) Balance the following reactions:
a. a. Ca(OH)2 + HCl CaCl2 + H2O
b. b. AgNO3 + CaCl2 Ca(NO3)2 +AgCl
c. c. Fe2O3 + C Fe + CO3
d. d. NaHCO3 + H2SO4 Na2SO4 + H2O + CO2
e. e. C4H10 + O2 CO2 +H2O
f. f. Mg(OH)2 + HBr MgBr2 + H2O
g. g. Al2O3 + H2SO4 Al2(SO4)3 + H2O
h. h. KHCO3 + H3PO4 K2HPO4 + H2O + CO2
i. i. C9H10O + O2 CO2 + H2O
10) Chlorine is used by textile manufacturers to bleach cloth. Excess chlorine is destroyed
by its reaction with sodium thiosulfate, Na2S2O3:
Na2S2O3(aq) + 4Cl2(g) + 5H2O(aq) 2NaHSO4(aq) + 8HCl(aq)
a. a. How many moles of Na2S2O3 are needed to react with 0.12mol of Cl2?
b. b. How many moles of HCl can form from 0.12mol of Cl2?
c. c. How many moles of H2O are required for the reaction of 0.12mol of Cl2?
d. d. How many moles of H2O react if 0.24mol HCl is formed?
11) The incandescent white of a fireworks display is caused by the reaction of phosphorous
with O2 to give P4O10.
a. a. Write the balanced chemical equation for the reaction.
b. b. How many grams of O2 are needed to combine with 6.85g of P?
c. c. How many grams of P4O10 can be made from 8.00g of O2?
d. d. How many grams of P are needed to make 7.46g P4O10?
12) In dilute nitric acid, HNO3, copper metal dissolves according to the following equation:
3Cu(s) + 8HNO3(aq) 3Cu(NO3)2(aq) + 2NO(g) + 4H2O(aq)
How many grams of HNO3 are needed to dissolve 11.45g of Cu?
13) The reaction of powdered aluminum and iron(II)oxide,
2Al(s) + Fe2O3(s) Al2O3(s) + 2Fe(l)
produces so much heat the iron that forms is molten. Because of this, railroads use the
reaction to provide molten steel to weld steel rails together when laying track. Suppose
that in one batch of reactants 4.20mol Al was mixed with 1.75mol Fe2O3.
a. a. Which reactant, if either, was the limiting reactant?
b. b. Calculate the mass of iron (in grams) that can be formed from this mixture
14) Silver nitrate, AgNO3, reacts with iron(III) chloride, FeCl3, to give silver chloride, AgCl,
and iron(III) nitrate, Fe(NO3)3. A solution containing 18.0g AgNO3 was mixed with a
solution containing 32.4g FeCl3. How many grams of which reactant remains after the
reaction is over?
Theoretical and percent yield
15) Barium sulfate, BaSO4, is made by the following reaction:
Ba(NO3)2(aq) + Na2SO4(aq) BaSO4(s) + 2NaNO3(aq)
An experiment was begun with 75.00g of Ba(NO3)2 and an excess of Na2SO4. After
collecting and drying the product, 63.45g BaSO4 was obtained. Calculate the theoretical
yield and percent yield of BaSO4.
16) Aluminum sulfate can be made by the following reaction:
2AlCl3(aq) + 3H2SO4(aq) Al2(SO4)3(aq) + 6HCl(aq)
It is quite soluble in water, so to isolate it the solution has to be evaporated to dryness.
This drives off the volatile HCl, but the residual solid has to be treated to a little over
200C to drive off all the water. In one experiment, 25.0g of AlCl3 was mixed with 30.0g
H2SO4. Eventually, 28.46g of pure Al2(SO4)3 was isolated. Calculate the percent yield.
1) 2.59x103mol Na atoms
2) 4.32mol Al
3) a. 2mol Al/3mol S b. 3mol S/1mol Al2(SO4)3 c. 0.600mol Al d. 3.48mol S
4) 3.76x1024 atoms
5) a. 0.215mol b. 0.0916mol c. 0.0794mol d. 4.31x108mol
6) a. 19.2% Na, 1.68% H, 25.8% P, 53.3% O
b. 12.2% N, 5.26% H, 26.9% P, 55.6%O
c. 62.0% C, 10.4% H, 27.6% O
7) Theoretical data (83.89% C, 10.35% H, 5.76% N) are consistent with experimental
8) 0.474g O
a. a. Ca(OH)2 + 2HCl CaCl2 + 2H2O
b. b. 2AgNO3 + CaCl2 Ca(NO3)2 + 2AgCl
c. c. 2Fe2O3 + 3C 4Fe + 3CO3
d. d. 2NaHCO3 + H2SO4 Na2SO4 + 2H2O + 2CO2
e. e. 2C4H10 + 13O2 8CO2 + 10H2O
f. f. Mg(OH)2 + 2HBr MgBr2 + 2H2O
g. g. Al2O3 + 3H2SO4 Al2(SO4)3 + 3H2O
h. h. 2KHCO3 + H3PO4 K2HPO4 + 2H2O + 2CO2
i. i. C9H10O + 14O2 9CO2 + 10H2O
13) a. 0.030mol Na2S2O3 b. 0.24mol HCl c. 0.15mol H2O
d. 0.15mol H2O
14) a. 4P + 5O2 P4O10 b. 8.85g O2 c. 14.2g P4O10 d. 3.26g P
15) 30.31g HNO3
16) a. limiting reactant is Fe2O3 b. 195g Fe is formed
17) 26.7g of FeCl3 are left over
18) theoretical yield = 66.98g BaSO4, % yield = 94.73%
19) % yield = 88.74%
The concentration of a solution is typically given in molarity. Molarity is defined as the
number of moles of solute (what is actually dissolved in the solution) divided by the
volume in liters of solution (the total volume of what is dissolved and what it has been
moles of solute
liters of solution
Molarity is probably the most commonly used term because measuring a volume of
liquid is a fairly easy thing to do.
Example: If 5.00 g of NaOH are dissolved in 5000 mL of water, what is the molarity of
One of our first steps is to convert the amount of NaOH given in grams into moles:
5.00g NaOH 1 mole
x = 0.125 moles
1 (22.9 + 16.00 + 1.008)g
Now we simply use the definition of molarity: moles/liters to get the answer
Molarity = = 0.025 mol/L
5.00 L of soln
So the molarity (M) of the solution is 0.025 mol/L.
Periodic Trends in Radii
All of the following trends in atomic properties are directly related to the trends in atomic
Periodic Trends in Ionization Energy
Periodic Trends in Electron Affinity
Periodic Trends of Electronegativity
How to Build a Lewis Structure?
For example, oxygen has 6 electrons in the outer shell, which are the pattern of two lone
pairs and two singles.
Incorrect Structure Correct Structure
One good example is the water molecule. Water has the chemical formula of H2O, which
Example: Write the Lewis structure for carbon dioxide (CO2).
Answer: Carbon is the lesser electronegative atom and should be the central atom.
Example: Write the Lewis structure for methane (CH4).
Answer: Hydrogen atoms are always placed on the outside of the molecule, so carbon
should be the central atom.
An equation that chemists call the Ideal Gas Law, shown below, relates the volume,
temperature, and pressure of a gas, considering the amount of gas present.
PV = nRT
P=pressure in atm
T=temperature in Kelvins
R is the molar gas constant, where R=0.082058 L atm mol-1 K-1.
The Ideal Gas Law assumes several factors about the molecules of gas. The volume of
the molecules is considered negligible compared to the volume of the container in which
they are held. We also assume that gas molecules move randomly, and collide in
completely elastic collisions. Attractive and repulsive forces between the molecules are
therefore considered negligible.
Example Problem: A gas exerts a pressure of 0.892 atm in a 5.00 L container at 15°C.
The density of the gas is 1.22 g/L. What is the molecular mass of the gas?
PV = nRT
T = 273 + 15 = 228
(0.892)(5.00) = n(.0821)(288)
n = 0.189 mol
.189 mol x grams
x = 1.22 g/L
5.00L 1 mol
x = Molecular Weight = 32.3 g/mol
Let's try an example with our new equation. If the volume of an gas is 0.312 liters at 822
kPa, how would we find a new volume at 948 kPa?
Formula: PV = P1V1
0.312 L x 822 kPa = 948 kPa x V1
(0.312 L x 822 kPa) / 948 kPa = V1
V1 = (0.312 L x 822 kPa) / 948 kPa
V1 = 0.2705 L
V1 = 0.271 L (to the correct number of significant digits)
Example: In the experiment above the initial volume and temperature of the gas is 0.5L, 5
0C. Assuming the pressure and moles of gas is constant, what is the volume of the gas if
the temperature is increased to 80 0C? Let T1 and V1 be the initial temperature and
volume and let T2, V2 be the final temperature and volume. Then according to Charles
COMBINATION GAS LAW
In the combined gas law, the volume of gas is directly proportional to the absolute
temperature and inversely proportional to the pressure.
This can be written as PV / T = constant. Since for a given amount of gas there is a
constant then we can write P1V1 / T1 = P2V2 / T2.
P1 is the initial pressure
V1 is the initial volume
T1 is the initial temperature (in Kelvin)
P2 is the final pressure
V2 is the final volume
T2 is the final temperature (in Kelvin)
This equation is useful if you have the current volume, temperature, and pressure of a
gas, and if you have two of the three final values of the gas.
For example if you have 4.0 liters of gas at STP, and you want to know the volume of the
gas at 2.0 atm of pressure and 30o C, the equation can be setup as follows:
(1.0)(4.0) / 273 = (2.0)(V2) / 303
(V2)(2)(273) = (1)(4)(303)
V2 = 2.2
Therefore the new volume is 2.2 liters.
STP is Standard Temperature and Pressure. STP is Oo Celcius and 1 atmosphere of
pressure. Gases properties can be compared using STP as a reference.
To calculate the pressure of the gas the partial pressure of the water must be subtracted
from the pressure in the container. The partial pressure of the water can be obtained from
the table below.
Temperature (oC) Pressure (mmHg)
For example if a gas is collected over water at 22oC and 1 atm of total pressure, the
pressure of the gas would be calculated as follows:
1 atm = 760 mmHg therefore 760 mm - 19.8 mm = 740.2 mmHg would be the pressure
of the gas.
HEAT Where: q = mc∆T
C = specific heat in cal/g-°C
q = heat added in calories,
m = mass in grams
ΔT = rise in temperature of the material in °C.
The value of C for water is 1.00 cal/g-°C.
Example Problem: If a 2.34 g substance at 22°C with a specific heat of 3.88 cal/g-°C is
heated with 124 cal of energy, what is the new temperature of the substance?
ΔT = = 13.7°C
new T = 22 + 13.7 = 35.7°C
1. Alpha decay follows the form:
2. Beta negative decay follows the form:
3. Gamma decay follows the form:
The following is a diagram of an electrochemical cell with zinc and copper acting as the
Cu (s) ----> Cu2+ + 2 e-
2 Ag+ (aq) + 2 e- ------> 2 Ag (s)