Nature of science:
Making careful observations and obtaining evidence for scientific theories-Avogadro's initial hypothesis. 1.8
Reactants can be either limiting or excess.
The experimental yield can be different from the theoretical yield.
Avogadro's law enables the mole ratio of reacting gases to be determined from volumes of the gases.
The molar volume of an ideal gas is a constant at specified temperature and pressure.
The molar concentration of a solution is determined by the amount of solute and the volume of solution.
A standard solution is one of known concentration.
Solution of problems relating to reacting quantities, limiting and excess reactants, theoretical, experimental and percentage yields.
Calculation of reacting volumes of gases using Avogadro's law.
Solution of problems and analysis of graphs involving the relationship between temperature, pressure and volume for a fixed mass of an ideal gas.
Solution of problems relating to the ideal gas equation.
Explanation of the deviation of real gases from ideal behaviour at low temperature and high pressure.
Obtaining and using experimental values to calculate the molar mass of a gas from the ideal gas equation.
Solution of problems involving molar concentration, amount of solute and volume of solution.
Use of the experimental method of titration to calculate the concentration of a solution by reference to a standard solution.
The value of the Avogadro's constant (L or NA) is given in the data booklet in section 2 and will be given for paper 1 questions.
The generally used unit of molar mass (g mol-1) is a derived SI unit.
The SI unit of pressure is the Pascal (Pa), Nm-2, but many other units remain in common usage in different countries. These include atmosphere (atm), millimetres of mercury (mm Hg), Torr, bar and pounds per square inch (psi).The bar (105 Pa) is now widely used as a convenient unit, as it is very close to 1 atm. The SI unit for volume is m3, although litre is a commonly used unit.
Assigning numbers to the masses of the chemical elements has allowed chemistry to develop into a physical science. Why is mathematics so effective in describing the natural world?
The ideal gas equation can be deduced from a small number of assumptions of ideal behaviour.
What is the role of reason, perception, intuition and imagination in the development of scientific models?
Gas volume changes during chemical reactions are responsible for the inflation of air bags in vehicles and are the basis of many other explosive reactions, such as the decomposition of TNT (trinitrotoluene).
The concept of percentage yield is vital in monitoring the efficiency of industrial processes.
Topic 4.4-intermolecular forces
Topic 5.1-calculations of molar enthalpy changes
Topic 9.1-redox titrations
Topic 17.1-equilibrium calculations
Topic 18.2-acid-base titrations
Topic 21.1 and A.8-X-ray crystallography
Physics topic 3.2-Ideal gas law
Aim 6: Experimental design could include excess and limiting reactants.
Experiments could include gravimetric determination by precipitation of an insoluble salt.
Aim 7: Data loggers can be used to measure temperature, pressure and volume changes in reactions or to determine the value of the gas constant, R.
Aim 8: The unit parts per million, ppm, is commonly used in measuring small levels of pollutants in fluids. This unit is convenient for communicating very low concentrations, but is not a formal SI unit.