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CHAPTER HIGHLIGHTS

Importance of Chemistry; Nature of Matter; Properties of Matter


and their Measurement; Uncertainty in Measurement; Laws of
Chemical Combinations; Daltons Atomic Theory; Atomic and
Molecular Masses; Mole concept and Molar Masses; Percentage
Composition; Stoichiometry and Stoichiometric Calculations

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Some Basic Concepts of Chemistry

BASIC CONCEPTS
CHEMISTRY

AND ITS IMPORTANCE

Chemistry is the science of molecules and their transformations that deals with the study of matter, its composition
the changes that matter undergoes and the relation between
changes in composition and changes in energy. Chemistry
plays a vital and centralized role in Science. It has a vital
role in ful-filling human needs for food, health care products, life saving drugs etc. Cancer treatment may become
curable by using cis-platin taxol etc. AZT (Aziodothymidine) is a boon for AIDS victims. There is no substitude
of Antiseptics like Detol, insecticides like D.D.T, B.H.C,
Antipyretic like Paracetamol etc., in our life even today.
PHYSICAL

QUANTITIES AND
THEIR MEASUREMENTS

In order to describe and interpret the behaviour of chemical species, we require not only chemical properties but
also few physical properties. Physical properties are mass,
length, temperature time electric current etc.
Further, to express the measurement of any physical
quantity we require its numerical value as well as its unit.
Hence, the magnitude of a physical quantity can be given as
Magnitude of physical quantity  Its numerical value  Unit.
Table 1.1

Temperature

Kelvin (K)

Current

Ampere (A)

Intensity

Candela (Cd)

Amount of Substance

Mole (mol)

Table 1.2

Measure

Unit

Length

Metre (m)

Mass

Kilogram (kg)

Time

Second (s)

Derivation
______________
Mass of solute
Mass of solution
____
mol
 3  mol m3
m
 Length  Height  Breadth

Concentration (C or S) 

Volume (V)
Density (d)
Velocity (v)
Acceleration (a)

Force (F)

SI Units

Measure

Derived Units

Pressure (P)
Work (W)

zm  m  m zm3
kg
_______
___
Mass

 kg m3

Volume m3
________
Distance ___
m

 sec  m sec1
Time
Change in velocity
________________
Time
_______
m
sec1
 sec  m sec2
 Mass  Acceleration  m  a
 kg m sec1  Newton (N)
m sec2
_____
__________
Force kg
 Area 
m2
 kg m1 sec2  Pascal (Pa)


 Force  Displacement  F  d
 kg m2 sec2  Joule

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Some Basic Concepts of Chemistry

FACTS TO REMEMBER
Plane angle (Radian, that is, rad)
Solid angle (Steradian, that is, str)
Few Prefixes Used for Subsidiary Units
Sub multiples

1 micro
1 nano
1 femto
1 atto

()
(n)
(f)
(a)

 106
 109
 1015
 1018

1 zepto
I yocta
1 Giga
1 Tetra
1 Exa
1 Zetta
1 Yotta

(z)
(y)
(G)
(T)
(E)
(Z)
(Y)

 1021
 1024
 109
 1012
 1018
 1021
 1024

1 litre  103 m3  1 dm3


1 atmosphere  760 mm or torr
z
 101.325 Pa or Nm2
5
1 bar  10 Nm2  105 Pa
1 calorie  4.184 joule
1 eV (electron volt)  1.602  1019 joule
1 joule  107 erg
So, 1 eV  1.602  1012 erg
1 cal  1 J  1 erg  1 eV
Barn is a unit of area to measure the cross section of
nucleus.
1 Barn  1028 m2 1024 cm2

Precision and Accuracy


The measurements are considered accurate when the
average value of different measurements is closer to the
actual value. An individual measurement is considered
more accurate when it differs slightly from the actual
value.
When the values of different measurements are close
to each other as well as to the average value, such
measurements are called precise.
In fact, precision is simply the measurement of reproductability of an experiment.

Uncertainty in measurement and significant figures


There are some uncertainties in values during measurement
of matter. In order to make accurate measurements, we use
significant figures
The total number of digits in a number including the
last digit with uncertain value is known as the number of
significant figures, for example, 14.3256  0.0001 has six
significant figures.
Rules to determine significant numbers
All non-zero digits as well as the zeros present between
the non-zero digits are significant, for example, 6003 has
four significant figures.
Zeros to the LHS of the first non-zero digit in a given
number are not significant figures, for example, 0.00336
has only three significant figures.
In a number ending with zeros, if the zeros are present at
right of the decimal point then these zeros are also significant figures, for example, 33.600 has five significant
figures.
Zeros at the end of a number without a decimal are not
counted as significant figures, for example, 12600 has
just three significant figures.
The result of division or multiplication must be reported
to the same number of significant figures as possessed
by the least precise term, for example, 3.331  0.011 
0.036641 0.037.
The result of subtraction or addition must be reported to
the same number of significant figures as possessed by
the least precise term, for example, 5.1  7.21  8.008
z20.318 20.32.

Rounding-off non-significant figures Roundingoff non-significant figures means dropping of the uncertain or non-significant digits in a number. It is possible as
follows:
If the rightmost digit to be rounded-off is 5, then the
preceding number is increased by one, for example, 3.17
is rounded off to 3.2
If the rightmost digit to be rounded-off is 5, then the
preceding number is kept unchanged, for example, 5.12
is rounded off to 5.1
If the rightmost digit to be rounded-off is equal to 5,
the preceding number is kept as such in case of an even
value. However, in case of an odd value it is increased
by one, for example, 4.45 is rounded-off to 4.4; 5.35 is
rounded off to 5.4

Some Basic Concepts of Chemistry


In case
a number ends in zeros that are not to the right of decimal point it is not essential that zeros are significant. For
example, 290 has 2 or 3 significant figures and 19500 has
3, 4 or 5 significant figures.

Exponential notation or scientific notation

This confusion can be removed when the values are


expressed in terms of scientific notations, for example,
19500 can be written as 1.95zz104 (3 significant figures),
1.950  104 (4 significant figures), 1.9500zz104 (5 significant figures). In this kind of notation, every number can be
written as

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A mixture is further classified into two categories


homogeneous and heterogeneous.
In a homogeneous mixture, all the components undergo complete mixing forming a uniform composition as,
air or sugar solution.
In a heterogeneous mixture, the composition formed due
to the mixing of components is not entirely uniform like
in the case of grains mixed with dust etc.

Pure Substance
Pure substances have fixed compositions and their constituents cannot be separated by using simple physical methods
of separation.

N  10n
Here,
n  Integer,
N  Number with non-zero digit
to the left of the decimal point.
For example, 0.00069 can be expressed as 6.9  104
(2 significant figures).
MATTER

Any species having mass and occupying space is known


as matter. It can exist in the three physical states, namely,
solid, liquid and gas.
Pencil, air, water, justify the physical states and are all
composed of matter.
At the bulk level or macroscopic level, we can further
classify matter as mixtures or pure substances.
Matter

A pure substance can be further classified into an element or a compound.


An element is composed of one type of particle which
could either be atoms or molecules. Na, Cu, Ag have
only one type of atoms.
A compound is formed by the combination of two or more
atoms or different elements. For example, H2O, CO2.

Daltons Atomic Theory


An atom is the smallest particle of an element which is neutral in nature, retains all the properties of the element and
takes part in a chemical reaction. The word atom was introduced by Dalton (alamos means undivided).
The Daltons atomic theory was proposed by Dalton on
the basis of laws of chemical combination.
Main assumptions

Pure substances

Mixtures

Homogeneous
mixtures

Heterogeneous
mixtures

Elements

Compounds

Figure 1.1 Classification of Matter

Mixture
A mixture is composed of two or more substances which
are known as its components or constituents (in any ratio).
The components of the mixture can be separated with the
help of physical separation methods like filtration, crystallization, distillation.

Matter (of any type) is composed of atoms.


An atom is the smallest, fundamental, undivided particle.
(Building block of any species)
An atom can neither be created nor destroyed.
Atoms of an element have similar size, energy and properties while atoms of different element differ in these
aspects.
Atoms combine in whole number ratios to form a molecule, therefore, a molecule is the smallest identity that
exists individually.

Modern view about atom According to modern view:


An atom is divisible into other smaller particles which
are known as subatomic particles. It can also combine in non-whole number ratio as in the case of nonstoichiometric compounds (Berthollide compounds) like
Fe0.93O.

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Some Basic Concepts of Chemistry

Atoms of same element also differ in mass and mass


related properties as in the case of isotopes.
A chemical reaction involves rearrangement of atoms.

Molecule
The term molecule was introduced by Avogadro. It is the
smallest particle (identity) of matter that can exist independently and retains all the properties of the substance.
Normally the diameter of the molecules is in the range of
420 and the molecular mass is between 21000.
In case of macromolecules, the diameter is in the range
of 50250 and the molecular weight may be in lakhs.

Berzelius Hypothesis
According to the Berzelius hypothesis, Equal volumes of
all the gases contain same number of atoms under the similar conditions of temperature and pressure.
This hypothesis on application to law of combining volume confirms that atoms are divisible which is in contrary
to Daltons theory.
LAWS

OF CHEMICAL COMBINATIONS

Law of Conservation of Mass


Law of conservation of mass was proposed by Lavoisier
in 1774.
It was verified by Landolt.
According to this law, In a chemical change the total mass
of the products is equal to the total mass of the reactants,
that is, mass is neither created nor destroyed. For example, when a solution with calculated weight of AgNO3
and NaCl is mixed, white precipitates of AgCl are formed
while NaNO3 remains in solution. The weight of the solution remains the same before and after this experiment.
It is not applicable to nuclear reactions.

Law of Constant Composition or


Law of Definite Proportion
Law of constant composition was proposed by Proust
in 1779.
It was verified by Star and Richards.
According to this law, A chemical compound always
contains same elements combined together in same proportion by mass. For example, NaCl extracted from
sea water or achieved from deposits will have 23 g
Na and 35.5 g of chlorine in its one mole.
It is not applicable to non-stoichiometric compounds
like Fe0.93 O.

Law of Multiple Proportion


Law of multiple proportion was proposed by Dalton
in 1804.
It was verified by Berzilius.
According to this law, Different weights of an element
that combine with a fixed weight of another element
bear a simple whole number ratio. For example, in case
of CO, and CO2 weight of oxygen which combines with
12 g of carbon is in 1 : 2 ratio.
It is applicable when same compound is prepared from
different isotopes of an element. For example, H2O, D2O.

Law of Reciprocal Proportion


Law of reciprocal proportion was proposed by Richter in
1792.
It was verified by Star.
According to this law, When two different elements
undergo combination with same weight of a third
element, the ratio in which they combine will either be
same or some simple multiple of the ratio in which they
combine with each other.
It is also known as Law of equivalent proportion
which states Elements always combine in terms of their
equivalent weight.

Law of Combining Volume


Law of combining volume was proposed by GayLussac.
It applies to gases.
According to this law, When gases react with each other
they bear a simple whole number ratio with one another
as well as the product under conditions of same temperature and pressure.
AVOGADROS

LAW

Avogadros law explains law of combining volumes.


According to this law Under similar conditions of
temperature and pressure equal volume of gases contain
equal number of molecules.
It is used in:
1. Deriving molecular formula of a gas
2. Determining atomicity of a gas
3. Deriving a relation
Molecular mass  2zzVapour Density
(M  2zzV.D.)
4. Deriving the gram molecular volume
Avogadro number (N0 or NA)  6.023zz1023.