Salts Questions and Answers - Chemistry Form 2 Topical Revision

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  1. Study the flow chart below and answer the questions that follow:
    1. Name reagent Z.
    2. Describe the process which takes place in step 2.
    3. Identify the white solid.
    1. Starting from solid magnesium oxide, describe how a solid sample of magnesium hydroxide can be prepared.
    2. Give one use of magnesium hydroxide.
  2. Starting with lead (II) oxide, describe how you would prepare a solid sample of lead (II) Carbonate
  3. Study the diagram below and answer the questions that follow:
    1. Name the two salts formed in tube A
    2. State the observations made in tube C
    3. Name gas P
  4. Study the information in the table below and answer the questions that follow:-
    E 37 17 (i) 18
    F 32 (ii) 16 16
    G (iii) 19 20 18
    H 40 20 (iv) 18

    1. Complete the table by filling in the blank spaces (i) , (ii) (iii), and (iv)
    2. Identify the particles which are electrically charged
  5. Sodium Carbonate Decahydrate crystals were left exposed on a watch glass for two days.
    1. State the observations made on the crystals after two days.
    2. Name the property of salts investigated in the above experiment
  6. Starting with sodium oxide, describe how a sample of crystals of sodium hydrogen carbonate may be prepared
  7. In an experiment, ammonium chloride was heated in test-tube. A moist red litmus paper placed at the mouth of test first changed blue then red. Explain these observations:-
  8. Using dots (•) and cross (x), show the structure of ammonium ion
    1. Give the name of each of the processes described below which takes place when salts are exposed to air for sometime
      1. Anhydrous copper sulphate becomes wet
      2. Magnesium chloride forms an aqueous solution
      3. Fresh crystals of sodium carbonate, Na2CO3.10H2O become covered with white powder of formula Na2CO3.H2O
    2. Write the formula of the complex ion formed in each of the following reactions described below;
      1. Zinc metal dissolves in hot alkaline solution
      2. Copper hydroxide dissolves excess ammonia solution
  9. Write an equation to show the effect of heat on the nitrate of:-
    1. Potassium
    2. Silver
  10. The scheme below shows some reactions starting with magnesium oxide. Study it and answer the questions that follow:-
    1. Name the reagents used in steps 2 and 4
    2. Write an equation for the reaction in step 3
    3. Describe how a solid sample of anhydrous magnesium carbonate is obtained in step 5
  11. In the preparation of magnesium carbonate, magnesium was burnt in air and the product collected. Dilute sulphuric acid was then added and the mixture filtered and cooled. Sodium carbonate was added to the filtrate and the contents filtered. The residue was then washed and dried to give a white powder.
    1. Give the name of the product
    2. Write the chemical equation for the formation of the product
      1. Name the filtrate collected after sodium carbonate was added.
      2. Write down the chemical formula of the white powder
    3. Write a chemical equation for the reaction between product in (a) and the acid
    4. Write an ionic equation to show the formation of the white powder.
    5. Write an equation to show what happens when the white powder is strongly heated.
    6. Identify the ions present in the filtrate after addition of sodium carbonate.
    7. What is the name given to the reaction that takes place when sodium carbonate was added to the filtrate?
    8. Explain the observations made when crystals of sodium carbonate decahydrate are left exposed to the atmosphere for two days
  12. You are provided with the following:- solid lead (II) nitrate, magnesium oxide powder, dilute sulphuric (VI)acid and distilled water. Describe how you can prepare a dry sample of lead (II) sulphate
  13. Use the scheme to answer the questions that follow:
    1. Identify solid N ……………………………………………………………….
    2. Write a balanced equation for the formation of Q
    3. Write the formula of the complex ion formed when sodium hydroxide is added to solution L in excess
  14. When exposed to air, crystals of hydrated sodium carbonate loses water of crystallizations;-
    1. Name this process
    2. Write the formula of hydrated sodium carbonate
  15. A student poured sodium iodide solution into a small portion of solution Q, a yellow precipitate was formed.
    1. Which ion was most likely in solution Q?
    2. Write an ionic equation leading to the formation of the yellow precipitate
  16. Calcium oxide can be used as a solid drying agent for some laboratory gases. Explain
  17. A piece of marble chips was strongly heated in air for about 30 minutes. Some drops of water were added drop by drop to the product when it was still warm. Using equation, explain:
    1. What happens when the piece of marble chips is heated?
    2. The reaction that takes place when water is added to the final warm product.
  18. Study the flow chart below and answer the questions that follow
    Identify ;
    1. gases C and B
    2. Ions likely to be presented in solid A
  19. Potassium nitrate crystals in a test-tube were heated strongly for some time. State the observation made:
    1. When a glowing splint is introduced into the test-tube during the heating
    2. At the end of the heating
  20. Name the process which takes place when:
    1. Anhydrous iron (III) chloride absorb water vapour from the air to form solution
    2. Zinc chloride vapour changes directly to zinc chloride solid
    1. Starting form solid magnesium oxide, describe how a solid sample of magnesium hydroxide can be prepared
    2. Give one use of magnesium hydroxide
  22. The diagram below represents a set-up that was used to show that part of air used during burning. 
    part of air used in burning
    two sources of errors in this experiment
  23. In an experiment the following solids were provided to form three students; Ca(NO3)2(s), NaH2PO4(s); Mg(OH)Cl(s) and Fe(NH4)2(SO4)2. 6H2O. They were then told to dissolve the given solids in differently in 20ml of water.
    1. Classify the given salts accordingly
      1. Explain the process which takes place when FeCl3 is dissolved in water
      2. A student placed a moist litmus paper on the product in (i) above. State and explain the


    1. Conc. H2SO4 /H2SO4(l)
    2. Heat the solution to concentrate it.
      Allow for crystals to form✓½ Filter ✓½
    3. Anhydrous Copper(II) sulphate/CUSO4(s)
    1. To MgO, add excess HNO3,✓½ HCl or H2SO4 . Add NaOH or KOH or NH4OH to the mixture, ✓½ Filter ✓½ and dry ✓½ the residue.
    2. – Anti-acid (Treatment of acid indigestion)
      - Making tooth past ✓1
  3. Add excess lead (II) Oxide to dilute nitric (v) acid and filter to get lead (II) nitrate solution.
    Add sodium carbonate solution to lead (II) nitrate to precipitate lead (II) carbonate and wash with distilled water.
    1. Sodium nitrate/ sodium nitrite
    2. Black charcoal glows red
      Grey ash formed
    3. carbon (II) oxide
      Particle  Mass 
      Number of 
      Number of 
      Number of 
      E 37 17 (i) 20 18
      F 32 (ii) 16 16 16
      G (iii) 39 19 20 18
      H 40 20 (iv)20 18
    2. E,G and H
    1. They became a white powder
    2. Efflorescency
  7. Add water to sodium oxide to form sodium hydroxide solution. Bubble excess carbon (IV) oxide in sodium hydroxide solution to form sodium hydrogen carbonate. Heat sodium hydrogen carbonate solution to evaporate water.
  8. NH4Cl decomposes on heating to produce NH3 and HCl(g).NH3(g) is lighter than HCl(g) hence diffuses faster and turns red-litmus to blue HCl is denser hence diffuses at a slower rate: changes blue litmus to red
      1. Hydroscopy// hygroscopic
      2. Deliquescence// Deliquescent
      3. Efflorescence// Efflorescent
      1. Zn(OH)42-
      2. Cu(NH3)42+
    1.  2KNO3(s) → 2KNO2(s) + O2(g)- ½mk for wrong states
    2. 2AgNO3(s) → 2Ag(s) + 2NO2 (g) + O2 (g)
    1. Carbon (IV) Oxide
      Dilute hydrochloric acid
    2. Mg(HCO3)2(aq) → MgCO3(s) + H2O(l) + CO2(g)
    3. Add sodium carbonate/any soluble carbonate (named ) solution;
      Dry the residue between two filter papers
    1. magnesium Oxide
    2. 2Mg(s) + O2(g) → 2MgO(s)
      1. Sodium sulphate
      2. MgCO3
    4. MgO(s) + H2SO4(aq) → MgSO4(aq) + H2O(l)
    5. Mg2+(aq) + CO32-(aq) → MgCO3(s)
    6. MgCO3(g) → MgO(g) + CO2(g)
    7. Na+ ions and SO42- ions
    8. Precipitation/ double decomposition
    9. Crystals turn to a white powder. The salt is efflorescent hence it looses its water of crystallization forming a powder
  14. - Dissolve lead (ii) nitrate crystal in a given amount of distilled water in a beaker
    - To dilute sulphuric√ ½ (vi) acid in a beaker add magnesium√ ½ oxide powder
    - React the two solutions obtained
    - Filter the mixture
    - Dry the residue between filter papers to obtain a dry sample of lead (ii) sulphate
    1. Zinc oxide √1 ZnO (1 mk)
    2. ZnO(s) + H2SO4(aq) √1 → ZnSO4(aq) + H2O (1 mk)
    3. [Zn (OH)]2- √1 (1 mk)
    1. Efflorescence
    2. Na2CO3.10H2O (If letters are joined – no mark)
    1. Pb2+
    2. White precipitate formed soluble in excess
  18. Calcium oxide hygroscopic atmospheric water vapour ad becomes wet
    Some laboratory gases are acidic
    While calcium oxide is basic
    Therefore calcium oxide reacts with the gas//calcium oxide would absorb the gas
    1. It decomposes to give Calcium oxide/Lime and Carbon (IV) oxide
      CaCO3(s) → CaO(s) + CO2(g)
    2. Alot of heat is evolved which makes the piece of lime swell hence the name quick lime and
      Calcium hydroxide(slaked lime) is formed. ✓ ½
      CaO(s) + H2O(l) → Ca(OH)2(aq) ✓1
      1. Gas C - O2(g) ✓ ½ Gas B - NO2 ✓ ½
      2. Zn2+ and NO3+✓ ½
    2. ZnO(g) + 2HNO3 (aq) → Zn(NO3)2(aq) + H2O(l)
      State symbols
      Chemical symbols
    1. Glowing splint is relighted/rekindles
    2. Pale yellow solid
    1. Deliquescence√1
    2. Deposition √1
    1. - To MgO add excess HNO3 √ ½ (Or HCl or H2SO4)
      - Add NaOH or KOH or NH4 OH to the mixture √ ½
      - Filter and dry the residue√1
    2. Uses as
      - Anti – acid or tooth paste √
  24. - Dil NaOH may not absorb all the carbon (IV) oxide gas produced
    - Candle may go off before all the oxygen is used due to build up carbon (IV) oxide
    1. Acid salts NaH2PO4(s) √1
      Basic salts – Mg(OH) Cl(s) √1
      Normal salts – Ca(NO3)2(s) √1
      Double salt – Fe(NH4)2(SO4)2.6H2O√1
      1. Hydrolysis – Reaction of water with a compound to form at least two products √1
      2. Moist litmus paper turns red due to the HCL gas produced √1
        Or accept equation for the explanation
        FeCl3(s) + 3H2O(l) → Fe (OH)3(s) + 3HCl (g)

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