Sunday, September 11, 2011

A13 Solubility Rules

1. A salt is soluble if it contains any of the following ions:

NH+, Li+, Na+, K+ or NO3-
LiCl, Na2SO4, KBr, Ca(NO3)2
2. SO42- (sulphate) salts. Salts with SO42-  are soluble, but not if the positive ion is:

Ba2+, Pb2+, Hg2+, Ca2+

3. Other Salts. Other salts containing CO32-, PO43-, S2- and OH- are not soluble


Friday, September 9, 2011

A10 Insoluble Salts

Describe how to prepare insoluble salts with the precipitation method.

A soluble salt is an ionic compound that dissolves in water, an insoluble salt is one that does not dissolve in water

When the two colourless solutions KI and PbN are mixed together they form a yellow precipitate, this is the salt PbI. When know that this salt is insoluble because no matter how much we stir the solution it will not dissolve to form a clear liquid, the Lead Iodide will settle on the bottom.

A9 Soluble Salts

Describe how to prepare soluble salts using;
  1. Metal + Dilute acid
  2. Metal oxide + Dilute acid
  3. Alkali + acid

and experimental techniques such as filtration, evaporation, crystallisation and titration.

In the diagram below, an experiment is being shown:
  1. Add 50cm3 Sulphuric acid (H2SO4) and 10g Copper Oxide (CuO) into a conical flask.
  2. Apply a small amount of heat and stir/shake
  3. Filter the contents of the flask into another conical flask
  4. Place liquid into a evaporating dish and boil off some of the water and leave the rest to crystallise.
  5. What you will result with is a salt, this salt is Copper Sulphate (CuSO4)

A8 Hydrogen Replacement

Describe a salt as a substance formed when the hydrogen in an acid is replaced.

We know that an acid only shows its acidic properties when it has dissociated in water, if you add a base to this “acid” we know that water and a salt is formed. What this means is the lone H+ are now being used to form the H2O; they are being replaced into a new molecule that results in the formation of salt with the molecules not used to form water.

Friday, September 2, 2011

A7 Salts

Name the salts formed by reacting metals, metal oxides and metal carbonates with HCl, H2SO4 and HNO3

A chemical reaction happens if you mix together an acid and a base.

The equation of the salt is given by the metal from the metal oxide and the chemicals in the acid, minus the Hydrogen:

When mixing a carbonate with an acid an extra element is formed, this is Carbon Dioxide (CO2)

A6 Proton Transfer

Define acids and alkalis in terms of proton transfer, acids as a source of H­+ and alkalis a source of OH-

Acidity is caused by the presence of H+ ions, these ions form when a chemical dissociates in water. What this means is that the water separates the Chemical i.e. HCl into H+ ions and Cl- ions, as shown in the below diagram. To do this the HCl gas is bubbled through the water
It is the presence of these H+ ions that make a substance acidic, the more H+ ions in relation to the other ions, the more acidic the solution will be.

This is why pH stands for Percentage Hydrogen, or Part Hydrogen, meaning that it shows how much Hydrogen there is in the substance (Hence why the H is capitalised because it is the elemental symbol)

Alkalinity is basically the same principle, except instead of dealing with H+ ions we are now talking about OH- ions. So for example if we take Sodium Hydroxide and place it in water we can see that it dissolves and dissociates to form OH- ions and Na+ ions, as shown in the diagram below.


Bases are any Metal oxide, hydroxide or carbonate, for example copper oxide. What you should know is that all alkalis are bases, every single one, but as the diagram below should explain, not all bases are alkalis.

So what’s the difference between a base and an alkali?

Well an alkali is a soluble base; this means a base that will dissolve in water. You can do a simple experiment to show this. Place Calcium carbonate, Copper oxide and Sodium hydroxide into three separate test tubes, half fill the test tubes with water, observe. What you should see is that only the Sodium Hydroxide dissolves, this means only this one is an Alkali.