0620 Chemistry November 2005An easy question but response
was somewhat popular.
About a third of the lower-scoring candidates chose
(more than those answering correctly) – but both
involve reduction of a metallic oxide by using carbon.
Decidedly and unexpectedly hard. Some 80% of the lower-scoring candidates chose
as did about a thirdof the higher-scoring candidates. This might be explained by a lack of care in reading the question, i.e. anunthinking disregard of the word ‘salt’.
Also disappointingly hard. The insolubility of zinc hydroxide is in the syllabus – from the use of sodiumhydroxide in testing for aqueous zinc ions. Possibly another example of lack of reading care in that the verypopular response
might have been mistakenly taken to show an insoluble solid going to a solution of asalt.
The similar popularity of responses
hints at guessing by the lower-scoring candidates.
The relative popularity of response
seems to show that it is extremely difficult to persuade a significantnumber of candidates that copper does not react with dilute acid.
About two thirds of the lower-scoring candidates seemed to have guessed between responses
Question 32 and Question 35
About half of all candidates chose
. This is rather surprising. The “oxy” hints at oxygenand the “ene” of acetylene implies an unsaturated hydrocarbon. These facts are even more explicit in
! In this latter question, however, nearly half of the lower-scoring candidates chose
despitethis molecule having oxygen in it.2