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AP Chemistry

Chapter 1 Outline
1.1 The Study of Chemistry
1.1.1 Matter: the physical material of the universe; has mass and occupies space
1.1.2 Property: any characteristic that allows us to recognize a particular type of matter and to
distinguish it from other types
1.1.3 Element: basic substance of matter; about 100 different types; cant be broken down into
simpler substances
1.1.4 Atom: tiny building blocks of matter; each element has its own kind of atom
Composition: summary of the kinds atoms in a particular type of matter
Structure: the arrangement of the atoms in a particular type of matter
1.1.5 Molecules: two or more atoms joined in specific arrangements/shapes
1.1.6 Goal of chemistry: explaining macroscopic behaviors using submicroscopic descriptions
1.2 Classifications of matter
1.2.1 Physical State, aka states of matter Gas Liquid Solid
1.2.2 Pure substance: matter that has distinct properties, uniform composition from sample to
Elements: contain only 1 type of atom 116 known elements Chemical symbols arranged in periodic table
Compounds: contain 2 or more kinds of atoms, but only 1 kind of molecule; Can be decomposed into simpler substances by chemical means Have different properties from their constituent elements Law of Definite Proportions (aka constant composition)Joseph Proust (~1800)
the elemental composition of a pure substance is always the same
1.2.3 Mixtures: combinations of 2 or more substances in which each substance retains its
chemical identity May be heterogeneous: composition, properties and appearance vary throughout May be homogeneous: uniform throughout; also known as solutions
1.3 Properties of Matter
1.3.1 Every substance has a unique set of properties.
1.3.2 Physical properties: can be measured without changing identity or composition of
substance Color, odor, density, melting point, hardness, etc.
1.3.3 Chemical properties: describe the way a substance may change (react) to form other
1.3.4 Intensive properties: do not depend on amount of substance
Temperature, melting point, density
Can be used to identify substances
1.3.5 Extensive properties: depend on the quantity/amount of substance



Mass, volume
Physical changes: physical appearance of substance changes, but not its composition
Changes of state
Chemical changes (aka chemical reactions): substance transformed into a chemically
different substance
Separation of mixtures by taking advantage of the different properties of the components
Filtration: separation of a solid from a liquid by passing it over a porous medium (filter
Distillation: separation based on different boiling points of substances
Chromatography: separation based on different abilities of substances to adhere to the
surfaces of various solids

1.4 Units of Measurement

1.4.1 Quantitative Measurements: associated with numbers
1.4.2 SI units:
Physical Quantity
Name of Unit
Amount of substance
Electric current
Luminous intensity

s (or sec)

Prefixes: See Table 1.5 for the complete list. These are especially important
conversions: 106 g = 103 mg = 1 g = 10-3 kg
K = oC + 273.15

C ( o F 32)


F ( o C ) 32)

Absolute zero: lowest possible temperature

Common non-SI volume units: mL, cm3, L, dm3 Common devices to measure volume: syringes, burets, pipets, graduated cylinders,
volumetric flask



Densities are temperature dependent; therefore, temperature should be specified when

reporting density of a substance

1.5 Uncertainty in measurement

1.5.1 Exact numbers: defined values (in conversion factors) or counted
1.5.2 Inexact numbers: numbers obtained by measurement; inexact due to equipment errors or
human errors
1.5.3 Uncertainty always exists for measured quantities.
1.5.4 Precision: measure of how closely individual measurements agree with each other
1.5.5 Accuracy: how closely individual measurements agree with correct value


Significant figures: Measured quantities are generally reported in such a way that only
the last digit is uncertain.
1.5.7 All digits of a measured quantity are significant figures.
notation: one way to express uncertainty, but often not shown (however, it may
become relevant in error analysis)
Significant Figure Rules: All non-zero digits are significant. Captive zeroes are significant. Leading zeroes are never significant. Trailing zeroes are significant only if the number contains a decimal. In scientific notation, all digits before the exponential term are significant. When performing calculations using measured quantities, the least certain
measurement limits the certainty of the calculate quantity. When adding and subtracting, round based on fewest decimal places. When multiplying and dividing, round based on fewest significant figures.
1.6 Dimensional Analysis
1.6.1 Use of conversion factors with accompanying units to aid in problem solving
Ratios, often considered to have infinite significant figures