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TER. ANCIENT TIMES HUMANS HAVE PONDERED THE NATURE OF MAT- OUR 2.2 THE STRUCTURE OF THE ATOM MODERN IDEAS OF THE STRUCTURE OF MATTER BEGAN TO TAKE SHAPE IN THE EARLY NINETEENTH CENTURY WITH
THEORY. 2.1 THE ATOMIC THEORY WE DALTON’S ATOMIC 2.3 ATOMIC NUMBER, MASS NUMBER, AND
ISOTOPES NOW KNOW THAT ALL MATTER IS MADE OF ATOMS, MOL- 2.4 THE PERIODIC TABLE
ECULES, AND IONS. ALL OF CHEMISTRY IS CONCERNED IN ONE WAY OR 2.5 MOLECULES AND IONS
ANOTHER WITH THESE SPECIES. 2.6 CHEMICAL FORMULAS
2.7 NAMING COMPOUNDS 37 Back Forward Main Menu TOC Study Guide TOC Textbook Website MHHE Website 38 ATOMS, MOLECULES, AND IONS 2.1 THE ATOMIC THEORY In the fifth century B.C. the Greek philosopher Democritus expressed the belief that all
matter consists of very small, indivisible particles, which he named atomos (meaning
uncuttable or indivisible). Although Democritus’ idea was not accepted by many of his
contemporaries (notably Plato and Aristotle), somehow it endured. Experimental evidence from early scientific investigations provided support for the notion of “atomism” and gradually gave rise to the modern definitions of elements and compounds. It
was in 1808 that an English scientist and school teacher, John Dalton,† formulated a
precise definition of the indivisible building blocks of matter that we call atoms.
Dalton’s work marked the beginning of the modern era of chemistry. The hypotheses about the nature of matter on which Dalton’s atomic theory is based can be
summarized as follows:
Elements are composed of extremely small particles called atoms. All atoms of a
given element are identical, having the same size, mass, and chemical properties.
The atoms of one element are different from the atoms of all other elements.
2. Compounds are composed of atoms of more than one element. In any compound,
the ratio of the numbers of atoms of any two of the elements present is either an
integer or a simple fraction.
3. A chemical reaction involves only the separation, combination, or rearrangement
of atoms; it does not result in their creation or destruction.
1. Figure 2.1 is a schematic representation of the first two hypotheses.
Dalton’s concept of an atom was far more detailed and specific than Democritus’.
The first hypothesis states that atoms of one element are different from atoms of all
other elements. Dalton made no attempt to describe the structure or composition of
atoms — he had no idea what an atom is really like. But he did realize that the different properties shown by elements such as hydrogen and oxygen can be explained by
assuming that hydrogen atoms are not the same as oxygen atoms.
The second hypothesis suggests that, in order to form a certain compound, we
need not only atoms of the right kinds of elements, but specific numbers of these atoms
as well. This idea is an extension of a law published in 1799 by Joseph Proust,‡ a
French chemist. Proust’s law of definite proportions states that different samples of the
same compound always contain its constituent elements in the same proportion by mass.
Thus, if we were to analyze samples of carbon dioxide gas obtained from different
sources, we would find in each sample the same ratio by mass of carbon to oxygen. It
stands to reason, then, that if the ratio of the masses of different elements in a given
compound is fixed, the ratio of the atoms of these elements in the compound also must
Dalton’s second hypothesis supports another important law, the law of multiple
proportions. According to the law, if two elements can combine to form more than one
† John Dalton (1766–1844). English chemist, mathematician, and philosopher. In addition to the atomic theory, he also formulated several gas laws and gave the first detailed description of color blindness, from which he suffered. Dalton was described as an indifferent experimenter, and singularly wanting in the language and power of illustration. His only recreation
was lawn bowling on Thursday afternoons. Perhaps it was the sight of those wooden balls that provided him with the idea
of the atomic theory.
‡ Joseph Louis Proust (1754–1826). French chemist. Proust was the first person to isolate sugar from grapes. Back Forward Main Menu TOC Study Guide TOC Textbook Website MHHE Website 2.2 THE STRUCTURE OF THE ATOM 39 FIGURE 2.1 (a) According to
Dalton’s atomic theory, atoms of
the same element are identical,
but atoms of one element are
different from atoms of other
elements. (b) Compound formed
from atoms of elements X and Y.
In this case, the ratio of the
atoms of element X to the atoms
of element Y is 2 1.
Atoms of element Y Atoms of element X Compound of elements X and Y (a) (b) compound, the masses of one element that combine with a fixed mass of the other element are in ratios of small whole numbers. Dalton’s theory explains the law of multiple proportions quite simply: Different compounds made up of the same elements differ in the number of atoms of each kind that combine. For example, carbon forms two
stable compounds with oxygen, namely, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide. Modern
measurement techniques indicate that one atom of carbon combines with one atom of
oxygen in carbon monoxide and with two atoms of oxygen in carbon dioxide. Thus,
the ratio of oxygen in carbon monoxide to oxygen in carbon dioxide is 1 2. This result is consistent with the law of multiple proportions.
Dalton’s third hypothesis is another way of stating the law of conservation of
mass, which is that matter can be neither created nor destroyed. Since matter is made
of atoms that are unchanged in a chemical reaction, it follows that mass must be conserved as well. Dalton’s brilliant insight into the nature of matter was the main stimulus for the rapid progress of chemistry during the nineteenth century. 2.2 THE STRUCTURE OF THE ATOM On the basis of Dalton’s atomic theory, we can define an atom as the basic unit of an
element that can enter into chemical combination. Dalton imagined an atom that was
both extremely small and indivisible. However, a series of investigations that began in
the 1850s and extended into the twentieth century clearly demonstrated that atoms actually possess internal structure; that is, they are made up of even smaller particles,
which are called subatomic particles. This research led to the discovery of three such
particles — electrons, protons, and neutrons.
THE ELECTRON In the 1890s many scientists became caught up in the study of radiation, the emission
and transmission of energy through space in the form of waves. Information gained
from this research contributed greatly to our understanding of atomic structure. One
device used to investigate this phenomenon was a cathode ray tube, the forerunner of
the television tube (Figure 2.2). It is a glass tube from which most of the air has been
evacuated. When the two metal plates are connected to a high-voltage source, the negatively charged plate, called the cathode, emits an invisible ray. The cathode ray is Back Forward Main Menu TOC Study Guide TOC Textbook Website MHHE Website 40 ATOMS, MOLECULES, AND IONS FIGURE 2.2 A cathode ray
tube with an electric field
perpendicular to the direction of
the cathode rays and an external
magnetic field. The symbols N
and S denote the north and south
poles of the magnet. The cathode
rays will strike the end of the
tube at A in the presence of a
magnetic field, at C in the
presence of an electric field, and
at B when there are no external
fields present or when the effects
of the electric field and magnetic
field cancel each other. –
Anode Cathode N
C Fluorescent screen
+ Electrons are normally associated
with atoms. However, they can
also be studied individually. High voltage drawn to the positively charged plate, called the anode, where it passes through a hole
and continues traveling to the other end of the tube. When the ray strikes the specially
coated surface, it produces a strong fluorescence, or bright light.
In some experiments two electrically charged plates and a magnet were added to
the outside of the cathode ray tube (see Figure 2.2). When the magnetic field is on and
the electric field is off, the cathode ray strikes point A. When only the electric field is
on, the ray strikes point C. When both the magnetic and the electric fields are off or
when they are both on but balanced so that they cancel each other ’s influence, the ray
strikes point B. According to electromagnetic theory, a moving charged body behaves
like a magnet and can interact with electric and magnetic fields through which it passes.
Since the cathode ray is attracted by the plate bearing positive charges and repelled by
the plate bearing negative charges, it must consist of negatively charged particles. We
know these negatively charged particles as electrons. Figure 2.3 shows the effect of a
bar magnet on the cathode ray.
An English physicist, J. J. Thomson,† used a cathode ray tube and his knowledge
of electromagnetic theory to determine the ratio of electric charge to the mass of an
† Joseph John Thomson (1856 – 1940). British physicist who received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1906 for discovering the
electron. FIGURE 2.3 (a) A cathode ray
produced in a discharge tube.
The ray itself is invisible, but the
fluorescence of a zinc sulfide
coating on the glass causes it to
appear green. (b) The cathode
ray is bent in the presence of a
magnet. (a) Back Forward Main Menu TOC Study Guide TOC (b) Textbook Website MHHE Website 2.2 THE STRUCTURE OF THE ATOM 41 individual electron. The number he came up with is 1.76 108 C/g, where C stands
for coulomb, which is the unit of electric charge. Thereafter, in a series of experiments
carried out between 1908 and 1917, R. A. Millikan† found the charge of an electron
to be 1.60 10 19 C. From these data he calculated the mass of an electron:
mass of an electron charge
1.60 10 19 C
1.76 108 C/g
9.09 10 28 g This is an exceedingly small mass.
RADIOACTIVITY In 1895, the German physicist Wilhelm Röntgen‡ noticed that cathode rays caused glass
and metals to emit very unusual rays. This highly energetic radiation penetrated matter, darkened covered photographic plates, and caused a variety of substances to fluoresce. Since these rays could not be deflected by a magnet, they could not contain
charged particles as cathode rays do. Röntgen called them X rays because their nature
was not known.
Not long after Röntgen’s discovery, Antoine Becquerel,§ a professor of physics in
Paris, began to study the fluorescent properties of substances. Purely by accident, he
found that exposing thickly wrapped photographic plates to a certain uranium compound caused them to darken, even without the stimulation of cathode rays. Like X
rays, the rays from the uranium compound were highly energetic and could not be deflected by a magnet, but they differed from X rays because they arose spontaneously.
One of Becquerel’s students, Marie Curie,¶ suggested the name radioactivity to describe this spontaneous emission of particles and/or radiation. Since then, any element
that spontaneously emits radiation is said to be radioactive.
Three types of rays are produced by the decay, or breakdown, of radioactive substances such as uranium. Two of the three are deflected by oppositely charged metal
plates (Figure 2.4). Alpha ( ) rays consist of positively charged particles, called
particles, and therefore are deflected by the positively charged plate. Beta ( ) rays, or
particles, are electrons and are deflected by the negatively charged plate. The third
type of radioactive radiation consists of high-energy rays called rays. Like X rays,
rays have no charge and are not affected by an external field.
† Robert Andrews Millikan (1868 – 1953). American physicist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1923 for determining the charge of the electron. ‡
Wilhelm Konrad Röntgen (1845 – 1923). German physicist who received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1901 for the discovery of X rays.
§ Antoine Henri Becquerel (1852 – 1908). French physicist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903 for discovering radioactivity in uranium. ¶
Marie (Marya Sklodowska) Curie (1867 – 1934). Polish-born chemist and physicist. In 1903 she and her French husband,
Pierre Curie, were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for their work on radioactivity. In 1911, she again received the Nobel
prize, this time in chemistry, for her work on the radioactive elements radium and polonium. She is one of only three people to have received two Nobel prizes in science. Despite her great contribution to science, her nomination to the French
Academy of Sciences in 1911 was rejected by one vote because she was a woman! Her daughter Irene, and son-in-law
Frederic Joliot-Curie, shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1935. Back Forward Main Menu TOC Study Guide TOC Textbook Website MHHE Website 42 ATOMS, MOLECULES, AND IONS FIGURE 2.4 Three types of
rays emitted by radioactive
elements. Rays consist of
negatively charged particles
(electrons) and are therefore
attracted by the positively
charged plate. The opposite
holds true for rays — they are
positively charged and are
drawn to the negatively charged
plate. Because rays have no
charges, their path is unaffected
by an external electric field. – α Lead block γ β
Radioactive substance THE PROTON AND THE NUCLEUS Positive charge spread
over the entire sphere –
– – –
– FIGURE 2.5 Thomson’s model
of the atom, sometimes described
as the “plum pudding” model,
after a traditional English dessert
containing raisins. The electrons
are embedded in a uniform,
positively charged sphere. Back Forward By the early 1900s, two features of atoms had become clear: they contain electrons,
and they are electrically neutral. To maintain electric neutrality, an atom must contain
an equal number of positive and negative charges. Therefore, Thomson proposed that
an atom could be thought of as a uniform, positive sphere of matter in which electrons
are embedded like raisins in a cake (Figure 2.5). This so-called “plum-pudding model”
was the accepted theory for a number of years.
In 1910 the New Zealand physicist Ernest Rutherford,† who had studied with
Thomson at Cambridge University, decided to use particles to probe the structure of
atoms. Together with his associate Hans Geiger‡ and an undergraduate named Ernest
Marsden,§ Rutherford carried out a series of experiments using very thin foils of gold
and other metals as targets for particles from a radioactive source (Figure 2.6). They
observed that the majority of particles penetrated the foil either undeflected or with
only a slight deflection. But every now and then an particle was scattered (or deflected) at a large angle. In some instances, an particle actually bounced back in the
direction from which it had come! This was a most surprising finding, for in Thomson’s
model the positive charge of the atom was so diffuse that the positive particles should
have passed through the foil with very little deflection. To quote Rutherford’s initial
reaction when told of this discovery: “It was as incredible as if you had fired a 15-inch
shell at a piece of tissue paper and it came back and hit you.”
Rutherford was later able to explain the results of the -scattering experiment in
terms of a new model for the atom. According to Rutherford, most of the atom must
Ernest Rutherford (1871 – 1937). New Zealand physicist. Rutherford did most of his work in England (Manchester and
Cambridge universities). He received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1908 for his investigations into the structure of the
atomic nucleus. His often-quoted comment to his students was that “all science is either physics or stamp-collecting.”
Johannes Hans Wilhelm Geiger (1882 – 1945). German physicist. Geiger ’s work focused on the structure of the atomic nucleus and on radioactivity. He invented a device for measuring radiation that is now commonly called the Geiger counter.
Ernest Marsden (1889 – 1970). English physicist. It is gratifying to know that at times an undergraduate can assist in winning a Nobel Prize. Marsden went on to contribute significantly to the development of science in New Zealand. Main Menu TOC Study Guide TOC Textbook Website MHHE Website 2.2 FIGURE 2.6 (a) Rutherford’s
experimental design for
measuring the scattering of
particles by a piece of gold foil.
Most of the particles passed
through the gold foil with little or
no deflection. A few were
deflected at wide angles.
Occasionally an particle was
turned back. (b) Magnified view
of particles passing through
and being deflected by nuclei. THE STRUCTURE OF THE ATOM 43 Gold foil
emitter Slit Detecting screen
(a) (b) be empty space. This explains why the majority of particles passed through the gold
foil with little or no deflection. The atom’s positive charges, Rutherford proposed, are
all concentrated in the nucleus, which is a dense central core within the atom. Whenever
an particle came close to a nucleus in the scattering experiment, it experienced a
large repulsive force and therefore a large deflection. Moreover, an particle traveling directly toward a nucleus would be completely repelled and its direction would be
The positively charged particles in the nucleus are called protons. In separate experiments, it was found that each proton carries the same quantity of charge as an electron and has a mass of 1.67252 10 24 g — about 1840 times the mass of the oppositely charged electron.
At this stage of investigation, scientists perceived the atom as follows: The mass
of a nucleus constitutes most of the mass of the entire atom, but the nucleus occupies
only about 1/1013 of the volume of the atom. We express atomic (and molecular) dimensions in terms of the SI unit called the picometer (pm), where
A common non-SI unit for atomic
length is the angstrom (Å; 1 Å
100 pm). 1 10 12 m A typical atomic radius is about 100 pm, whereas the radius of an atomic nucleus is
only about 5 10 3 pm. You can appreciate the relative sizes of an atom and its nucleus by imagining that if an atom were the size of the Houston Astrodome, the volume of its nucleus would be comparable to that of a small marble. While the protons
are confined to the nucleus of the atom, the electrons are conceived of as being spread
out about the nucleus at some distance from it.
The concept of atomic radius is useful experimentally, but it should not be inferred that atoms have well-defined boundaries or surfaces. We will learn later that the
outer regions of atoms are relatively “fuzzy.”
THE NEUTRON Rutherford’s model of atomic structure left one major problem unsolved. It was known
that hydrogen, the simplest atom, contains only one proton and that the helium atom
contains two protons. Therefore, the ratio of the mass of a helium atom to that of a hydrogen atom should be 2 1. (Because electrons are much lighter than protons, their
contribution to atomic mass can be ignored.) In reality, however, the ratio is 4 1.
Rutherford and others postulated that there must be another type of subatomic particle
in the atomic nucleus; the proof was provided by another English physicist, James Back Forward Main Menu TOC Study Guide TOC Textbook Website MHHE Website 44 ATOMS, MOLECULES, AND IONS Proton
Neutron Figure 2.7 The protons and neutrons of an atom are packed in an extremely small nucleus.
Electrons are shown as “clouds” around the nucleus. Chadwick,† in 1932. When Chadwick bombarded a thin sheet of beryllium with particles, a very high-energy radiation similar to rays was emitted by the metal. Later
experiments showed that the rays actually consisted of a third type of subatomic particles, which Chadwick named neutrons, because they proved to be electrically neutral particles having a mass slightly greater than that of protons. The mystery of the
mass ratio could now be explained. In the helium nucleus there are two protons and
two neutrons, but in the hydrogen nucleus there is only one proton and no neutrons;
therefore, the ratio is 4 1.
Figure 2.7 shows the location of the elementary particles (protons, neutrons, and
electrons) in an atom. There are other subatomic particles, but the electron, the proton,
and the neutron are the three fundamental components of the atom that are important
in chemistry. Table 2.1 shows the masses and charges of these three elementary
† James Chadwick (1891 – 1972). British physicist. In 1935 he received the Nobel Prize in Physics for proving the existence
of neutrons. TABLE 2.1 Mass and Charge of Subatomic Particles
CHARGE PARTICLE MASS (g) Electron*
Neutron 9.1095 10 28
1.67252 10 24
1.67495 10 24 COULOMB 1.6022
0 CHARGE UNIT 10
0 *More refined measurements have given us a more accurate value of an electron’s mass than Millikan’s. Back Forward Main Menu TOC Study Guide TOC Textbook Website MHHE Website 2.3 2.3 ATOMIC NUMBER, MASS NUMBER, AND ISOTOPES 45 ATOMIC NUMBER, MASS NUMBER, AND ISOTOPES All atoms can be identified by the number of protons and neutrons they contain. The
atomic number (Z) is the number of protons in the nucleus of each atom of an element. In a neutral atom the number of protons is equal to the number of electrons, so
the atomic number also indicates the number of electrons present in the atom. The
chemical identity of an atom can be determined solely from its atomic number. For example, the atomic number of nitrogen is 7. This means that each neutral nitrogen atom
has 7 protons and 7 electrons. Or, viewed another way, every atom in the universe that
contains 7 protons is correctly named “nitrogen.”
The mass number (A) is the total number of neutrons and protons present in the
nucleus of an atom of an element. Except for the most common form of hydrogen,
which has one proton and no neutrons, all atomic nuclei contain both protons and neutrons. In general the mass number is given by
mass number number of protons
atomic number number of neutrons number of neutrons The number of neutrons in an atom is equal to the difference between the mass number and the atomic number, or (A Z). For example, the mass number of fluorine is
19 and the atomic number is 9 (indicating 9 protons in the nucleus). Thus the number
of neutrons in an atom of fluorine is 19 9 10. Note that the atomic number, number of neutrons, and mass number all must be positive integers (whole numbers).
Atoms of a given element do not all have the same mass. Most elements have two
or more isotopes, atoms that have the same atomic number but different mass numbers.
For example, there are three isotopes of hydrogen. One, simply known as hydrogen,
has one proton and no neutrons. The deuterium isotope contains one proton and one
neutron, and tritium has one proton and two neutrons. The accepted way to denote the
atomic number and mass number of an atom of an element (X) is as follows:
atomic number A
Z X Thus, for the isotopes of hydrogen, we write
1H hydrogen deuterium tritium As another example, consider two common isotopes of uranium with mass numbers of
235 and 238, respectively:
992U The first isotope is used in nuclear reactors and atomic bombs, whereas the second isotope lacks the properties necessary for these applications. With the exception of hydrogen, which has different names for each of its isotopes, isotopes of elements are
identified by their mass numbers. Thus the above two isotopes are called uranium-235
(pronounced “uranium two thirty-five”) and uranium-238 (pronounced “uranium two
The chemical properties of an element are determined primarily by the protons
and electrons in its atoms; neutrons do not take part in chemical changes under nor- Back Forward Main Menu TOC Study Guide TOC Textbook Website MHHE Website 46 ATOMS, MOLECULES, AND IONS mal conditions. Therefore, isotopes of the same element have similar chemistries, forming the same types of compounds and displaying similar reactivities.
The following example shows how to calculate the number of protons, neutrons,
and electrons using atomic numbers and mass numbers.
EXAMPLE 2.1 Give the number of protons, neutrons, and electrons in each of the following species:
(a) 17O, (b) 199Hg, (c) 200Hg.
(a) The atomic number is 8, so there are 8 protons. The mass number is
17, so the number of neutrons is 17 8 9. The number of electrons is the same
as the number of protons, that is, 8.
(b) The atomic number is 80, so there are 80 protons. The mass number is 199, so
the number of neutrons is 199 80 119. The number of electrons is 80.
(c) Here the number of protons is the same as in (b), or 80. The number of neutrons
is 200 80 120. The number of electrons is also the same as in (b), 80. The
species in (b) and (c) are chemically similar isotopes of mercury. Answer Similar problems: 2.15, 2.16. PRACTICE EXERCISE How many protons, neutrons, and electrons are in the following isotope of copper:
29Cu? 2.4 THE PERIODIC TABLE More than half of the elements known today were discovered between 1800 and 1900.
During this period, chemists noted that many elements show very strong similarities
to one another. Recognition of periodic regularities in physical and chemical behavior
and the need to organize the large volume of available information about the structure
and properties of elemental substances led to the development of the periodic table, a
chart in which elements having similar chemical and physical properties are grouped
together. Figure 2.8 shows the modern periodic table in which the elements are arranged
by atomic number (shown above the element symbol) in horizontal rows called periods and in vertical columns known as groups or families, according to similarities in
their chemical properties. Note that Elements 110, 111, and 112 have recently been
synthesized, although they have not yet been named.
The elements can be divided into three categories — metals, nonmetals, and metalloids. A metal is a good conductor of heat and electricity while a nonmetal is usually a poor conductor of heat and electricity. A metalloid has properties that are intermediate between those of metals and nonmetals. Figure 2.8 shows that the majority
of known elements are metals; only seventeen elements are nonmetals, and eight elements are metalloids. From left to right across any period, the physical and chemical
properties of the elements change gradually from metallic to nonmetallic.
Elements are often referred to collectively by their periodic table group number
(Group 1A, Group 2A, and so on). However, for convenience, some element groups
have been given special names. The Group 1A elements (Li, Na, K, Rb, Cs, and Fr)
are called alkali metals, and the Group 2A elements (Be, Mg, Ca, Sr, Ba, and Ra) are
called alkaline earth metals. Elements in Group 7A (F, Cl, Br, I, and At) are known as Back Forward Main Menu TOC Study Guide TOC Textbook Website MHHE Website 2.5 MOLECULES AND IONS 1
1 H 47 18
7A 2 He 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Li Be B C N O F Ne 13 14 15 16 17 18 Al Si P S Cl Ar 11 12 Na Mg 3
7B 8 9
8B 10 11
2B 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 K Ca Sc Ti V Cr Mn Fe Co Ni Cu Zn Ga Ge As Se Br Kr 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 Rb Sr Y Zr Nb Mo Tc Ru Rh Pd Ag Cd In Sn Sb Te I Xe 55 56 57 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 Cs Ba La Hf Ta W Re Os Ir Pt Au Hg Tl Pb Bi Po At Rn 110 111 112 87 88 89 104 105 106 107 108 109 Fr Ra Ac Rf Ha Sg Ns Hs Mt Metals 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 Ce Pr Nd Pm Sm Eu Gd Tb Dy Ho Er Tm Yb Lu Metalloids 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 Th Pa U Np Pu Am Cm Bk Cf Es Fm Md No Lr Nonmetals FIGURE 2.8 The modern periodic table. The elements are arranged according to the atomic
numbers above their symbols. With the exception of hydrogen (H), nonmetals appear at the far
right of the table. The two rows of metals beneath the main body of the table are conventionally
set apart to keep the table from being too wide. Actually, cerium (Ce) should follow lanthanum
(La), and thorium (Th) should come right after actinium (Ac). The 1–18 group designation has
been recommended by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) but is not
yet in wide use. In this text we use the standard U.S. notation for group numbers (1A–8A and
1B–8B). The names for elements 104 to 109 are controversial. No names have yet been
assigned for elements 110 to 112. halogens, and elements in Group 8A (He, Ne, Ar, Kr, Xe, and Rn) are called noble
gases, or rare gases.
The periodic table is a handy tool that correlates the properties of the elements in
a systematic way and helps us to make predictions about chemical behavior. We will
take a closer look at this keystone of chemistry in Chapter 8.
The Chemistry in Action essay on p. 62 describes the distribution of the elements
on Earth and in the human body. 2.5 MOLECULES AND IONS Of all the elements, only the six noble gases in Group 8A of the periodic table (He,
Ne, Ar, Kr, Xe, and Rn) exist in nature as single atoms. For this reason, they are called
monatomic (meaning a single atom) gases. Most matter is composed of molecules or
ions formed by atoms. Back Forward Main Menu TOC Study Guide TOC Textbook Website MHHE Website 48 ATOMS, MOLECULES, AND IONS MOLECULES
We will discuss the nature
of chemical bonds in Chapters 9
and 10. A molecule is an aggregate of at least two atoms in a definite arrangement held together by chemical forces (also called chemical bonds). A molecule may contain atoms
of the same element or atoms of two or more elements joined in a fixed ratio, in accordance with the law of definite proportions stated in Section 2.1. Thus, a molecule
is not necessarily a compound, which, by definition, is made up of two or more elements (see Section 1.2). Hydrogen gas, for example, is a pure element, but it consists
of molecules made up of two H atoms each. Water, on the other hand, is a molecular
compound that contains hydrogen and oxygen in a ratio of two H atoms and one O
atom. Like atoms, molecules are electrically neutral.
The hydrogen molecule, symbolized as H2, is called a diatomic molecule because
it contains only two atoms. Other elements that normally exist as diatomic molecules
are nitrogen (N2) and oxygen (O2), as well as the Group 7A elements — fluorine (F2),
chlorine (Cl2), bromine (Br2), and iodine (I2). Of course, a diatomic molecule can contain atoms of different elements. Examples are hydrogen chloride (HCl) and carbon
The vast majority of molecules contain more than two atoms. They can be atoms
of the same element, as in ozone (O3), which is made up of three atoms of oxygen, or
they can be combinations of two or more different elements. Molecules containing
more than two atoms are called polyatomic molecules. Like ozone, water (H2O) and
ammonia (NH3) are polyatomic molecules.
Molecular Models Molecules are too small for us to observe directly. An effective means of visualizing
them is by the use of molecular models. Two standard types of molecular models are
currently in use: ball-and-stick models and space-filling models (Figure 2.9). In balland-stick model kits the atoms are wooden or plastic balls with holes in them. Sticks
or springs are used to represent chemical bonds. The angles they form between atoms
approximate the bond angles in actual molecules. The balls are all the same size and
each type of atom is represented by a specific color. In space-filling models atoms are
represented by truncated balls held together by snap fasteners, so that the bonds are
not visible. The balls are proportional in size to atoms.
Ball-and-stick models show the three-dimensional arrangement of atoms clearly,
and they are fairly easy to construct. However, the balls are not proportional to the size
of atoms. Furthermore, the sticks greatly exaggerate the space between atoms in a molecule. Space-filling models are more accurate because they show the variation in atomic
size. Their drawbacks are that they are time-consuming to put together, and they do
not show the three-dimensional positions of atoms very well. We will use mostly the
ball-and-stick model in this text.
IONS An ion is a charged species formed from a neutral atom or molecule when electrons
are gained or lost as the result of a chemical change. The number of positively charged
protons in the nucleus of an atom remains the same during ordinary chemical changes
(called chemical reactions), but negatively charged electrons may be lost or gained.
The loss of one or more electrons from a neutral atom results in a cation, an ion with Back Forward Main Menu TOC Study Guide TOC Textbook Website MHHE Website 2.5 MOLECULES AND IONS 49 FIGURE 2.9 Ball-and-stick and
space-filling models of some
simple molecules. H2 O3 H2O In Chapter 8 we will see why
atoms of different elements gain
(or lose) a specific number of
electrons. O2 NH3 CH4 a net positive charge. For example, a sodium atom (Na) can readily lose an electron
to become sodium cation, which is represented by Na :
Na ATOM Na ION 11 protons
11 electrons 11 protons
10 electrons On the other hand, an anion is an ion whose net charge is negative due to an increase
in the number of electrons. A chlorine atom (Cl), for instance, can gain an electron to
become the chloride ion Cl :
Cl ATOM Cl ION 17 protons
17 electrons 17 protons
18 electrons Sodium chloride (NaCl), ordinary table salt, is called an ionic compound because it is
formed from cations and anions.
An atom can lose or gain more than one electron. Examples of ions formed by
the loss or gain of more than one electron are Mg2 , Fe3 , S2 , and N3 . These ions,
as well as Na and Cl , are called monatomic ions because they contain only one
atom. Figure 2.10 shows the charges of a number of monatomic ions. With very few
exceptions, metals tend to form cations and nonmetals form anions.
In addition, two or more atoms can combine to form an ion that has a net positive or net negative charge. Polyatomic ions such as OH (hydroxide ion), CN
(cyanide ion), and NH4 (ammonium ion) are ions containing more than one atom. Back Forward Main Menu TOC Study Guide TOC Textbook Website MHHE Website 50 ATOMS, MOLECULES, AND IONS 1
3A Na+ Mg2+ K+ 5
7B Cr 3+ Mn2+ 8 9
8B 10 Co2+ Ni2+ 16
7A N3– O2 – F– P3– S2 – Cl– Se2 – Br– Te2 – I– 12
Cd2+ Sn2+ Hg2+
Hg2+ Ba2+ Fe2+
1B Ag+ Sr2+ Cs+ 4
4B Ca2+ Rb+ 3
5A C4– Li+ 14
4A Pb2+ Al3+ FIGURE 2.10 Common monatomic ions arranged according to their positions in the periodic
table. Note that the Hg2 ion contains two atoms.
2.6 CHEMICAL FORMULAS Chemists use chemical formulas to express the composition of molecules and ionic
compounds in terms of chemical symbols. By composition we mean not only the elements present but also the ratios in which the atoms are combined. Here we are concerned with two types of formulas: molecular formulas and empirical formulas.
MOLECULAR FORMULAS A molecular formula shows the exact number of atoms of each element in the smallest unit of a substance. In our discussion of molecules, each example was given with
its molecular formula in parentheses. Thus H2 is the molecular formula for hydrogen,
O2 is oxygen, O3 is ozone, and H2O is water. The subscript numeral indicates the number of atoms of an element present. There is no subscript for O in H2O because there
is only one atom of oxygen in a molecule of water, and so the number “one” is omitted from the formula. Note that oxygen (O2) and ozone (O3) are allotropes of oxygen.
An allotrope is one of two or more distinct forms of an element. Two allotropic forms
of the element carbon — diamond and graphite — are dramatically different not only in
properties but also in their relative cost.
EMPIRICAL FORMULAS The molecular formula of hydrogen peroxide, a substance used as an antiseptic and as
a bleaching agent for textiles and hair, is H2O2. This formula indicates that each hydrogen peroxide molecule consists of two hydrogen atoms and two oxygen atoms. The
ratio of hydrogen to oxygen atoms in this molecule is 2 2 or 1 1. The empirical formula of hydrogen peroxide is HO. Thus the empirical formula tells us which elements
are present and the simplest whole-number ratio of their atoms, but not necessarily the Back Forward Main Menu TOC Study Guide TOC Textbook Website MHHE Website 2.6 The word “empirical” means “derived from experiment.” As we
will see in Chapter 3, empirical
formulas are determined experimentally. CHEMICAL FORMULAS 51 actual number of atoms in a given molecule. As another example, consider the compound hydrazine (N2H4), which is used as a rocket fuel. The empirical formula of hydrazine is NH2. Although the ratio of nitrogen to hydrogen is 1 2 in both the molecular formula (N2H4) and the empirical formula (NH2), only the molecular formula tells
us the actual number of N atoms (two) and H atoms (four) present in a hydrazine molecule.
Empirical formulas are the simplest chemical formulas; they are written by reducing the subscripts in molecular formulas to the smallest possible whole numbers.
Molecular formulas are the true formulas of molecules. As we will see in Chapter 3,
when chemists analyze an unknown compound, the first step is usually the determination of the compound’s empirical formula.
For many molecules, the molecular formula and the empirical formula are one
and the same. Some examples are water (H2O), ammonia (NH3), carbon dioxide (CO2),
and methane (CH4).
The following two examples deal with writing molecular formulas from molecular models and writing empirical formulas from molecular formulas. EXAMPLE 2.2 Write the molecular formula of methanol, an organic solvent and antifreeze, from
its ball-and-stick model, shown in the margin.
Methanol. (Gray=carbon, yellow=hydrogen, red=oxygen.) Similar problems: 2.41, 2.42. There is one C atom, four H atoms, and one O atom. Therefore, the molecular formula is CH4O. However, the standard way of writing the molecular formula for methanol is CH3OH because it shows how the atoms are joined in the molecule. Answer PRACTICE EXERCISE Write the molecular formula of chloroform, which is used as a solvent and a cleansing agent. The ball-and-stick model of chloroform is shown in the margin. EXAMPLE 2.3 Chloroform. (Gray=carbon, yellow=hydrogen, green=chlorine.) Write the empirical formulas for the following molecules: (a) acetylene (C2H2),
which is used in welding torches; (b) glucose (C6H12O6), a substance known as
blood sugar; and (c) nitrous oxide (N2O), a gas that is used as an anesthetic gas
(“laughing gas”) and as an aerosol propellant for whipped creams.
(a) There are two carbon atoms and two hydrogen atoms in acetylene.
Dividing the subscripts by 2, we obtain the empirical formula CH.
(b) In glucose there are six carbon atoms, twelve hydrogen atoms, and six oxygen
atoms. Dividing the subscripts by 6, we obtain the empirical formula CH2O. Note
that if we had divided the subscripts by 3, we would have obtained the formula
C2H4O2. Although the ratio of carbon to hydrogen to oxygen atoms in C2H4O2 is
the same as that in C6H12O6 (1 2 1), C2H4O2 is not the simplest formula because
its subscripts are not in the smallest whole-number ratio.
(c) Since the subscripts in N2O are already the smallest possible whole numbers,
the empirical formula for nitrous oxide is the same as its molecular formula.
Answer Similar problems: 2.43, 2.44. Back Forward Main Menu TOC Study Guide TOC Textbook Website MHHE Website 52 ATOMS, MOLECULES, AND IONS PRACTICE EXERCISE Write the empirical formula for caffeine (C8H10N4O2), a stimulant found in tea and
The formulas of ionic compounds are always the same as their empirical formulas because ionic compounds do not consist of discrete molecular units. For example,
a solid sample of sodium chloride (NaCl) consists of equal numbers of Na and Cl
ions arranged in a three-dimensional network (Figure 2.11). In such a compound there
is a 1 1 ratio of cations to anions so that the compound is electrically neutral. As you
can see in Figure 2.11, no Na ion in NaCl is associated with just one particular Cl
ion. In fact, each Na ion is equally held by six surrounding Cl ions and vice versa.
Thus NaCl is the empirical formula for sodium chloride. In other ionic compounds the
actual structure may be different, but the arrangement of cations and anions is such
that the compounds are all electrically neutral. Note that the charges on the cation and
anion are not shown in the formula for an ionic compound.
In order for ionic compounds to be electrically neutral, the sum of the charges on
the cation and anion in each formula unit must be zero. If the charges on the cation
and anion are numerically different, we apply the following rule to make the formula
electrically neutral: The subscript of the cation is numerically equal to the charge on
the anion, and the subscript of the anion is numerically equal to the charge on the
cation. If the charges are numerically equal, then no subscripts are necessary. This rule
follows from the fact that because the formulas of ionic compounds are empirical formulas, the subscripts must always be reduced to the smallest ratios. Let us consider
Potassium bromide. The potassium cation K and the bromine anion Br combine
to form the ionic compound potassium bromide. The sum of the charges is 1
( 1) 0, so no subscripts are necessary. The formula is KBr.
• Zinc iodide. The zinc cation Zn2 and the iodine anion I combine to form zinc
iodide. The sum of the charges of one Zn2 ion and one I ion is 2 ( 1)
1. To make the charges add up to zero we multiply the 1 charge of the anion
by 2 and add the subscript “2” to the symbol for iodine. Therefore the formula for
zinc iodide is ZnI2.
• Aluminum oxide. The cation is Al3 and the oxygen anion is O2 . The following
• FIGURE 2.11 (a) Structure of
solid NaCl. (b) In reality, the
cations are in contact with the
anions. In both (a) and (b), the
smaller spheres represent Na
ions and the larger spheres, Cl
ions. (a) Back Forward Main Menu TOC (b) Study Guide TOC Textbook Website MHHE Website 2.7 NAMING COMPOUNDS 53 diagram helps us determine the subscripts for the compound formed by the cation
and the anion:
Al 3 O2 Al2 O3 The sum of the charges is 2( 3)
oxide is Al2O3.
2.7 3( 2) 0. Thus the formula for aluminum NAMING COMPOUNDS When chemistry was a young science and the number of known compounds was small,
it was possible to memorize their names. Many of the names were derived from their
physical appearance, properties, origin, or application — for example, milk of magnesia, laughing gas, limestone, caustic soda, lye, washing soda, and baking soda.
Today the number of known compounds is well over 13 million. Fortunately, it
is not necessary to memorize their names. Over the years chemists have devised a clear
system for naming chemical substances. The rules are accepted worldwide, facilitating
communication among chemists and providing a useful way of labeling an overwhelming variety of substances. Mastering these rules now will prove beneficial almost immediately as we proceed with our study of chemistry.
To begin our discussion of chemical nomenclature, the naming of chemical compounds, we must first distinguish between inorganic and organic compounds. Organic
compounds contain carbon, usually in combination with elements such as hydrogen,
oxygen, nitrogen, and sulfur. All other compounds are classified as inorganic compounds. For convenience, some carbon-containing compounds, such as carbon monoxide (CO), carbon dioxide (CO2), carbon disulfide (CS2), compounds containing the
cyanide group (CN ), and carbonate (CO2 ) and bicarbonate (HCO3 ) groups are con3
sidered to be inorganic compounds. Although the nomenclature of organic compounds
will not be discussed until Chapter 24, we will use some organic compounds to illustrate chemical principles throughout this book.
To organize and simplify our venture into naming compounds, we can divide inorganic compounds into four categories: ionic compounds, molecular compounds, acids
and bases, and hydrates.
IONIC COMPOUNDS In Section 2.5 we learned that ionic compounds are made up of cations (positive ions)
and anions (negative ions). With the important exception of the ammonium ion, NH4 ,
all cations of interest to us are derived from metal atoms. Metal cations take their names
from the elements. For example:
ELEMENT Back Forward Main Menu NAME OF CATION Na
Al3 TOC sodium
aluminum Study Guide TOC sodium ion (or sodium cation)
potassium ion (or potassium cation)
magnesium ion (or magnesium cation)
aluminum ion (or aluminum cation) Textbook Website MHHE Website 54 ATOMS, MOLECULES, AND IONS The transition metals are the elements in Groups 1B and 3B-8B
(see Figure 2.8). Many ionic compounds are binary compounds, or compounds formed from just
two elements. For binary compounds the first element named is the metal cation, followed by the nonmetallic anion. Thus NaCl is sodium chloride. The anion is named
by taking the first part of the element name (chlorine) and adding “-ide.” Potassium
bromide (KBr), zinc iodide (ZnI2), and aluminum oxide (Al2O3) are also binary compounds. Table 2.2 shows the “-ide” nomenclature of some common monatomic anions
according to their positions in the periodic table.
The “-ide” ending is also used for certain anion groups containing different elements, such as hydroxide (OH ) and cyanide (CN ). Thus the compounds LiOH and
KCN are named lithium hydroxide and potassium cyanide, respectively. These and a
number of other such ionic substances are called ternary compounds, meaning compounds consisting of three elements. Table 2.3 lists alphabetically the names of a number of common cations and anions.
Certain metals, especially the transition metals, can form more than one type of
cation. Take iron as an example. Iron can form two cations: Fe2 and Fe3 . An older
nomenclature system that is still in limited use assigns the ending “-ous” to the cation
with fewer positive charges and the ending “-ic” to the cation with more positive
Fe3 ferrous ion
ferric ion The names of the compounds that these iron ions form with chlorine would thus be
FeCl3 FeCl2 (left) and FeCl3 (right). ferrous chloride
ferric chloride This method of naming ions has some distinct limitations. First, the “-ous ” and “-ic”
suffixes do not provide information regarding the actual charges of the two cations involved. Thus the ferric ion is Fe3 , but the cation of copper named cupric has the formula Cu2 . In addition, the “-ous ” and “-ic” designations provide names for only two
different elemental cations. Some metallic elements can assume three or more different positive charges in compounds. Therefore, it has become increasingly common to
designate different cations with Roman numerals. This is called the Stock† system. In
this system, the Roman numeral I indicates one positive charge, II means two positive
charges, and so on. For example, manganese (Mn) atoms can assume several different
Mn2 : MnO
Mn3 : Mn2O3
Mn4 : MnO2 manganese(II) oxide
manganese(IV) oxide These names are pronounced “manganese-two oxide,” “manganese-three oxide,” and
“manganese-four oxide.” Using the Stock system, we denote the ferrous ion and the
ferric ion as iron(II) and iron(III), respectively; ferrous chloride becomes iron(II) chloride; and ferric chloride is called iron(III) chloride. In keeping with modern practice,
we will favor the Stock system of naming compounds in this textbook.
The following examples illustrate how to name ionic compounds and write formulas for ionic compounds based on the information given in Figure 2.10 and Tables
2.2 and 2.3.
† Alfred E. Stock (1876 – 1946). German chemist. Stock did most of his research in the synthesis and characterization of
boron, beryllium, and silicon compounds. He was the first scientist to explore the dangers of mercury poisoning. Back Forward Main Menu TOC Study Guide TOC Textbook Website MHHE Website 2.7 NAMING COMPOUNDS 55 TABLE 2.2 The “-ide” Nomenclature of Some Common Monatomic Anions
According to Their Positions in the Periodic Table
GROUP 4A GROUP 5A GROUP 6A GROUP 7A C Carbide (C4 )*
Si Silicide (Si4 ) N Nitride (N3 )
P Phosphide (P3 ) O Oxide (O2 )
S Sulfide (S2 )
Se Selenide (Se2 )
Te Telluride (Te2 ) F Fluoride (F )
Cl Chloride (Cl )
Br Bromide (Br )
I Iodide (I ) *The word “carbide” is also used for the anion C2 .
2 TABLE 2.3 Names and Formulas of Some Common Inorganic Cations and Anions CATION ANION
3 Aluminum (Al )
Ammonium (NH4 )
Barium (Ba2 )
Cadmium (Cd2 )
Calcium (Ca2 )
Cesium (Cs )
Chromium(III) or chromic (Cr3 )
Cobalt(II) or cobaltous (Co2 )
Copper(I) or cuprous (Cu )
Copper(II) or cupric (Cu2 )
Hydrogen (H )
Iron(II) or ferrous (Fe2 )
Iron(III) or ferric (Fe3 )
Lead(II) or plumbous (Pb2 )
Lithium (Li )
Magnesium (Mg2 )
Manganese(II) or manganous (Mn2 )
Mercury(I) or mercurous (Hg2 )*
Mercury(II) or mercuric (Hg2 )
Potassium (K )
Silver (Ag )
Sodium (Na )
Strontium (Sr2 )
Tin(II) or stannous (Sn2 )
Zinc (Zn2 ) Bromide (Br )
Carbonate (CO2 )
Chlorate (ClO3 )
Chloride (Cl )
Chromate (CrO2 )
Cyanide (CN )
Dichromate (Cr2O2 )
Dihydrogen phosphate (H2PO4 )
Fluoride (F )
Hydride (H )
Hydrogen carbonate or bicarbonate (HCO3 )
Hydrogen phosphate (HPO2 )
Hydrogen sulfate or bisulfate (HSO4 )
Hydroxide (OH )
Iodide (I )
Nitrate (NO 3 )
Nitride (N3 )
Nitrite (NO2 )
Oxide (O2 )
Permanganate (MnO4 )
Peroxide (O2 )
Phosphate (PO3 )
Sulfate (SO2 )
Sulfide (S2 )
Sulfite (SO2 )
Thiocyanate (SCN ) *Mercury(I) exists as a pair as shown. EXAMPLE 2.4 Name the following ionic compounds: (a) Cu(NO3)2, (b) KH2PO4, and (c) NH4ClO3.
(a) Since the nitrate ion (NO3 ) bears one negative charge (see Table 2.3),
the copper ion must have two positive charges. Therefore, the compound is copper(II) nitrate. Answer Back Forward Main Menu TOC Study Guide TOC Textbook Website MHHE Website 56 ATOMS, MOLECULES, AND IONS Similar problems: 2.53(a), (b), (e). (b) The cation is K and the anion is H2PO4 (dihydrogen phosphate). Since potassium only forms one type of ion (K ), there is no need to use potassium(I) in the
name. The compound is potassium dihydrogen phosphate.
(c) The cation is NH4 (ammonium ion) and the anion is ClO3 . The compound is
PRACTICE EXERCISE Name the following compounds: (a) PbO, (b) Li2SO3.
EXAMPLE 2.5 Write chemical formulas for the following compounds: (a) mercury(I) nitrite, (b)
cesium sulfide, and (c) calcium phosphate.
(a) The mercury(I) ion is diatomic, namely, Hg2 (see Table 2.3), and the
nitrite ion is NO2 . Therefore, the formula is Hg2(NO2)2.
(b) Each sulfide ion bears two negative charges, and each cesium ion bears one positive charge (cesium is in Group 1A, as is sodium). Therefore, the formula is Cs2S.
(c) Each calcium ion (Ca2 ) bears two positive charges, and each phosphate ion
(PO3 ) bears three negative charges. To make the sum of the charges equal zero,
we must adjust the numbers of cations and anions:
Answer: 3( 2)
Similar problems: 2.55(a), (b), (h). 2( 3) 0 Thus the formula is Ca3(PO4)2.
PRACTICE EXERCISE Write formulas for the following ionic compounds: (a) rubidium sulfate, (b) barium
hydride. MOLECULAR COMPOUNDS TABLE 2.4 Greek Prefixes
Used in Naming Molecular
PREFIX MonoDiTriTetraPentaHexaHeptaOctaNonaDeca- Back MEANING 1
10 Forward Unlike ionic compounds, molecular compounds contain discrete molecular units. They
are usually composed of nonmetallic elements (see Figure 2.8). Many molecular compounds are binary compounds. Naming binary molecular compounds is similar to naming binary ionic compounds. We place the name of the first element in the formula
first, and the second element is named by adding -ide to the root of the element name.
Some examples are
SiC hydrogen chloride
silicon carbide It is quite common for one pair of elements to form several different compounds.
In these cases, confusion in naming the compounds is avoided by the use of Greek prefixes to denote the number of atoms of each element present (see Table 2.4). Consider
the following examples: Main Menu CO
CO2 carbon monoxide
carbon dioxide TOC Study Guide TOC Textbook Website MHHE Website 2.7 SO2
N2O4 NAMING COMPOUNDS 57 sulfur dioxide
dinitrogen tetroxide The following guidelines are helpful in naming compounds with prefixes:
The prefix “mono-” may be omitted for the first element. For example, PCl3 is
named phosphorus trichloride, not monophosphorus trichloride. Thus the absence
of a prefix for the first element usually means there is only one atom of that element present in the molecule.
• For oxides, the ending “a” in the prefix is sometimes omitted. For example, N2O4
may be called dinitrogen tetroxide rather than dinitrogen tetraoxide.
• Exceptions to the use of Greek prefixes are molecular compounds containing hydrogen. Traditionally, many of these compounds are called either by their common,
nonsystematic names or by names that do not specifically indicate the number of H
hydrogen sulfide Note that even the order of writing the elements in the formulas for hydrogen compounds is irregular. In water and hydrogen sulfide, H is written first, whereas it appears last in the other compounds.
Writing formulas for molecular compounds is usually straightforward. Thus the
name arsenic trifluoride means that there are one As atom and three F atoms in each
molecule, and the molecular formula is AsF3. Note that the order of elements in the
formula is the same as in its name.
EXAMPLE 2.6 Name the following molecular compounds: (a) SiCl4 and (b) P4O10.
(a) Since there are four chlorine atoms present, the compound is silicon
(b) There are four phosphorus atoms and ten oxygen atoms present, so the compound is tetraphosphorus decoxide. Note that the “a” is omitted in “deca.” Answer Similar problems: 2.53(c), (h), (j). PRACTICE EXERCISE Name the following molecular compounds: (a) NF3 and (b) Cl2O7.
EXAMPLE 2.7 Write chemical formulas for the following molecular compounds: (a) carbon disulfide and (b) disilicon hexabromide. Back Forward Main Menu TOC Study Guide TOC Textbook Website MHHE Website 58 ATOMS, MOLECULES, AND IONS (a) Since there are one carbon atom and two sulfur atoms present, the formula is CS2.
(b) There are two silicon atoms and six bromine atoms present, so the formula is
Answer Similar problems: 2.55(g), (j). PRACTICE EXERCISE Write chemical formulas for the following molecular compounds: (a) sulfur tetrafluoride, (b) dinitrogen pentoxide. ACIDS AND BASES
H is equivalent to one proton,
and is sometimes referred to
that way. An acid can be described as a substance that yields hydrogen ions (H ) when dissolved
in water. Formulas for acids contain one or more hydrogen atoms as well as an anionic
group. Anions whose names end in “-ide” form acids with a “hydro-” prefix and an
“-ic” ending, as shown in Table 2.5. In some cases two different names seem to be assigned to the same chemical formula.
HCl hydrogen chloride
hydrochloric acid The name assigned to the compound depends on its physical state. In the gaseous or
pure liquid state, HCl is a molecular compound called hydrogen chloride. When it is
dissolved in water, the molecules break up into H and Cl ions; in this state, the substance is called hydrochloric acid.
Oxoacids are acids that contain hydrogen, oxygen, and another element (the central element). The formulas of oxoacids are usually written with the H first, followed
by the central element and then O, as illustrated by the following examples:
HClO3 carbonic acid
chloric acid Often two or more oxoacids have the same central atom but a different number
of O atoms. Starting with the oxoacids whose names end with “-ic,” we use the following rules to name these compounds. TABLE 2.5 Some Simple Acids ANION F (fluoride)
S2 (sulfide) Back Forward CORRESPONDING ACID HF (hydrofluoric acid)
HCl (hydrochloric acid)
HBr (hydrobromic acid)
HI (hydroiodic acid)
HCN (hydrocyanic acid)
H2S (hydrosulfuric acid) Main Menu TOC Study Guide TOC Textbook Website MHHE Website 2.7 FIGURE 2.12 Naming
oxoacids and oxoanions. per– –ic acid NAMING COMPOUNDS 59 per– –ate +[O] Representative “–ic” acid –ate –[O] “–ous” acid –ite –[O] hypo– –ous acid hypo– –ite Addition of one O atom to the “-ic” acid: The acid is called “per...-ic” acid. Thus
adding an O atom to HClO3 changes chloric acid to perchloric acid, HClO4.
• Removal of one O atom from the “-ic” acid: The acid is called “-ous” acid. Thus
nitric acid, HNO3, becomes nitrous acid, HNO2.
• Removal of two O atoms from the “-ic” acid: The acid is called “hypo...-ous” acid.
Thus when HBrO3 is converted to HBrO, the acid is called hypobromous acid.
• The rules for naming oxoanions, anions of oxoacids, are as follows:
When all the H ions are removed from the “-ic” acid, the anion’s name ends with
“-ate.” For example, the anion CO2 derived from H2CO3 is called carbonate.
• When all the H ions are removed from the “-ous” acid, the anion’s name ends with
“-ite.” Thus the anion ClO2 derived from HClO2 is called chlorite.
• The names of anions in which one or more but not all the hydrogen ions have been
removed must indicate the number of H ions present. For example, consider the anions derived from phosphoric acid:
4 phosphoric acid
phosphate Note that we usually omit the prefix “mono-” when there is only one H in the anion.
Figure 2.12 summarizes the nomenclature for the oxoacids and oxoanions, and Table
2.6 gives the names of the oxoacids and oxoanions that contain chlorine. Back Forward Main Menu TOC Study Guide TOC Textbook Website MHHE Website 60 ATOMS, MOLECULES, AND IONS TABLE 2.6 Names of Oxoacids and Oxoanions
That Contain Chlorine
ACID ANION HClO4 (perchloric acid)
HClO3 (chloric acid)
HClO2 (chlorous acid)
HClO (hypochlorous acid) ClO4
(hypochlorite) The following example deals with the nomenclature for an oxoacid and an oxanion.
EXAMPLE 2.8 Name the following oxoacid and oxoanion: (a) H3PO3, (b) IO4 .
(a) We start with our reference acid, phosphoric acid (H3PO4). Since
H3PO3 has one fewer O atom, it is called phosphorous acid.
(b) The parent acid is HIO4. Since the acid has one more O atom than our reference iodic acid (HIO3), it is called periodic acid. Therefore, the anion derived from
HIO4 is called periodate.
Answer Similar problems: 2.53(h), 2.54(c). PRACTICE EXERCISE Name the following oxoacid and oxoanion: (a) HBrO, (b) HSO4 .
Naming Bases A base can be described as a substance that yields hydroxide ions (OH ) when dissolved in water. Some examples are
Ba(OH)2 sodium hydroxide
barium hydroxide Ammonia (NH3), a molecular compound in the gaseous or pure liquid state, is
also classified as a common base. At first glance this may seem to be an exception to
the definition of a base. But note that as long as a substance yields hydroxide ions when
dissolved in water, it need not contain hydroxide ions in its structure to be considered
a base. In fact, when ammonia dissolves in water, NH3 reacts partially with water to
yield NH4 and OH ions. Thus it is properly classified as a base.
HYDRATES Hydrates are compounds that have a specific number of water molecules attached to
them. For example, in its normal state, each unit of copper(II) sulfate has five water
molecules associated with it. The systematic name for this compound is copper(II) sulfate pentahydrate, and its formula is written as CuSO4 5H2O. The water molecules
can be driven off by heating. When this occurs, the resulting compound is CuSO4,
which is sometimes called anhydrous copper(II) sulfate; “anhydrous” means that the
compound no longer has water molecules associated with it (Figure 2.13). Some other Back Forward Main Menu TOC Study Guide TOC Textbook Website MHHE Website SUMMARY OF FACTS AND CONCEPTS 61 FIGURE 2.13 CuSO4 5H2O
(left) is blue; CuSO4 (right) is
white. TABLE 2.7 Common and Systematic Names of Some Compounds FORMULA COMMON NAME SYSTEMATIC NAME H2O
CaSO4 2H2O Water
Marble, chalk, limestone
Milk of magnesia
Gypsum Dihydrogen oxide
Solid carbon dioxide
Dinitrogen oxide (nitrous oxide)
Sodium hydrogen carbonate
Sodium carbonate decahydrate
Magnesium sulfate heptahydrate
Calcium sulfate dihydrate hydrates are
Sr(NO3)2 4H2O barium chloride dihydrate
lithium chloride monohydrate
magnesium sulfate heptahydrate
strontium nitrate tetrahydrate FAMILIAR INORGANIC COMPOUNDS Some compounds are better known by their common names than by their systematic SUMMARY OF FACTS
AND CONCEPTS Back Forward Main Menu 1. Modern chemistry began with Dalton’s atomic theory, which states that all matter is
composed of tiny, indivisible particles called atoms; that all atoms of the same element
are identical; that compounds contain atoms of different elements combined in wholenumber ratios; and that atoms are neither created nor destroyed in chemical reactions (the
law of conservation of mass).
2. Atoms of constituent elements in a particular compound are always combined in the same
proportions by mass (law of definite proportions). When two elements can combine to
form more than one type of compound, the masses of one element that combine with a
fixed mass of the other element are in a ratio of small whole numbers (law of multiple
proportions). TOC Study Guide TOC Textbook Website MHHE Website 62 ATOMS, MOLECULES, AND IONS Chemistry in Action Chemistry in Action Chemistry in Action Chemistry in Action Chemistry in Action Chemistry in Action Chemistry Chemistry in Action Chemistry in Action Chemistry in Action Chemistry in Action Chemistry in Action Chemistry Back Distribution of Elements on Earth and in Living Systems
manganese (Mn). In discussing the natural abundance
of the elements, we should keep in mind that (1) the
elements are not evenly distributed throughout Earth’s
crust, and (2) most elements occur in combined forms.
These facts provide the basis for most methods of obtaining pure elements from their compounds, as we
will see in later chapters.
The accompanying table lists the essential elements in the human body. Of special interest are the
trace elements, such as iron (Fe), copper (Cu), zinc
(Zn), iodine (I), and cobalt (Co), which together make
up about one percent of the body’s mass. These elements are necessary for biological functions such as
growth, transport of oxygen for metabolism, and defense against disease. There is a delicate balance in
the amounts of these elements in our bodies. Too much
or too little over an extended period of time can lead
to serious illness, retardation, or even death. The majority of elements are naturally occurring. How
are these elements distributed on Earth, and which are
essential to living systems?
Earth’s crust extends from the surface to a depth
of about 40 km (about 25 miles). Because of technical difficulties, scientists have not been able to study
the inner portions of Earth as easily as the crust.
Nevertheless, it is believed that there is a solid core
consisting mostly of iron at the center of Earth.
Surrounding the core is a layer called the mantle,
which consists of hot fluid containing iron, carbon, silicon, and sulfur.
Of the 83 elements that are found in nature, 12
of them make up 99.7 percent of Earth’s crust by mass.
They are, in decreasing order of natural abundance,
oxygen (O), silicon (Si), aluminum (Al), iron (Fe), calcium (Ca), magnesium (Mg), sodium (Na), potassium
(K), titanium (Ti), hydrogen (H), phosphorus (P), and
Crust ELEMENT Core 2900 km 3480 km
Structure of Earth’s interior. chemical
are listed in Table
(a) Natural abundance
of the elements in percent by mass. For example, oxygen’s abundance is 45.5 percent.
This means that in a
100-g sample of Earth’s
crust there are, on the Forward Essential Elements in the Human Body Main Menu PERCENT BY MASS* Oxygen
0.2 ELEMENT PERCENT BY MASS* Sodium
0.01 *Percent by mass gives the mass of the element in grams present in a 100-g sample. 5.3% Oxygen
27.2% All others
Calcium All others
1.2% Iron 8.3%
Aluminum (a) TOC Oxygen
10% (b) Study Guide TOC Phosphorus
3% Textbook Website MHHE Website QUESTIONS AND PROBLEMS 63 3. An atom consists of a very dense central nucleus containing protons and neutrons, with
electrons moving about the nucleus at a relatively large distance from it.
4. Protons are positively charged, neutrons have no charge, and electrons are negatively
charged. Protons and neutrons have roughly the same mass, which is about 1840 times
greater than the mass of an electron.
5. The atomic number of an element is the number of protons in the nucleus of an atom of
the element; it determines the identity of an element. The mass number is the sum of the
number of protons and the number of neutrons in the nucleus.
6. Isotopes are atoms of the same element with the same number of protons but different
numbers of neutrons.
7. Chemical formulas combine the symbols for the constituent elements with whole-number
subscripts to show the type and number of atoms contained in the smallest unit of a
8. The molecular formula conveys the specific number and type of atoms combined in each
molecule of a compound. The empirical formula shows the simplest ratios of the atoms
combined in a molecule.
9. Chemical compounds are either molecular compounds (in which the smallest units are
discrete, individual molecules) or ionic compounds (in which positive and negative ions
are held together by mutual attraction). Ionic compounds are made up of cations and
anions, formed when atoms lose and gain electrons, respectively.
10. The names of many inorganic compounds can be deduced from a set of simple rules. The
formulas can be written from the names of the compounds. KEY WORDS
Acid, p. 58
Alkali metals, p. 46
Alkaline earth metals, p. 46
Allotrope, p. 50
Alpha ( ) particles, p. 41
Alpha ( ) rays, p. 41
Anion, p. 48
Atom, p. 39
Atomic number (Z ), p. 45
Base, p. 60
Beta ( ) particles, p. 41
Beta ( ) rays, p. 41
Binary compound, p. 54 Cation, p. 48
Chemical formula, p. 50
Diatomic molecule, p. 48
Electron, p. 40
Empirical formula, p. 50
Families, p. 46
Gamma ( ) rays, p. 41
Groups, p. 46
Halogens, p. 47
Hydrate, p. 60
Ion, p. 48
Ionic compound, p. 49
Isotope, p. 45 Law of conservation of mass,
Law of definite proportions,
Law of multiple proportions,
Mass number (A), p. 45
Metal, p. 46
Metalloid, p. 46
Molecular formula, p. 50
Molecule, p. 48
Monatomic ion, p. 49
Neutron, p. 44 Noble gases, p. 47
Nonmetal, p. 46
Nucleus, p. 43
Oxoacid, p. 58
Oxoanion, p. 59
Period, p. 46
Periodic table, p. 46
Polyatomic ion, p. 49
Polyatomic molecule, p. 48
Proton, p. 43
Radiation, p. 39
Radioactivity, p. 41
Ternary compound, p. 54 QUESTIONS AND PROBLEMS
STRUCTURE OF THE ATOM
Review Questions 2.1 Define the following terms: (a) particle, (b) particle, (c) ray, (d) X ray.
2.2 Name the types of radiation known to be emitted by
2.3 Compare the properties of the following: particles,
cathode rays, protons, neutrons, electrons.
2.4 What is meant by the term “fundamental particle”?
2.5 Describe the contributions of the following scientists
to our knowledge of atomic structure: J. J. Thomson, Back Forward Main Menu TOC R. A. Millikan, Ernest Rutherford, James Chadwick.
2.6 Describe the experimental basis for believing that the
nucleus occupies a very small fraction of the volume
of the atom.
Problems 2.7 The diameter of a neutral helium atom is about 1
102 pm. Suppose that we could line up helium atoms
side by side in contact with one another. Approximately how many atoms would it take to make the distance from end to end 1 cm? Study Guide TOC Textbook Website MHHE Website 64 ATOMS, MOLECULES, AND IONS 2.8 Roughly speaking, the radius of an atom is about
10,000 times greater than that of its nucleus. If an atom
were magnified so that the radius of its nucleus became 2.0 cm, about the size of a marble, what would
be the radius of the atom in miles? (1 mi 1609 m.)
ATOMIC NUMBER, MASS NUMBER, AND ISOTOPES
Review Questions 2.9 Use the helium-4 isotope to define atomic number and
mass number. Why does a knowledge of atomic number enable us to deduce the number of electrons present in an atom?
2.10 Why do all atoms of an element have the same atomic
number, although they may have different mass numbers?
2.11 What do we call atoms of the same elements with different mass numbers?
2.12 Explain the meaning of each term in the symbol Z X. Problems 2.23 Elements whose names end with ium are usually metals; sodium is one example. Identify a nonmetal whose
name also ends with ium.
2.24 Describe the changes in properties (from metals to
nonmetals or from nonmetals to metals) as we move
(a) down a periodic group and (b) across the periodic
2.25 Consult a handbook of chemical and physical data (ask
your instructor where you can locate a copy of the
handbook) to find (a) two metals less dense than water, (b) two metals more dense than mercury, (c) the
densest known solid metallic element, (d) the densest
known solid nonmetallic element.
2.26 Group the following elements in pairs that you would
expect to show similar chemical properties: K, F, P,
Na, Cl, and N.
MOLECULES AND IONS Problems Review Questions 2.13 What is the mass number of an iron atom that has 28
2.14 Calculate the number of neutrons of Pu-239.
2.15 For each of the following species, determine the number of protons and the number of neutrons in the nucleus: 2.27 What is the difference between an atom and a molecule?
2.28 What are allotropes? Give an example. How are allotropes different from isotopes?
2.29 Describe the two commonly used molecular models.
2.30 Give an example of each of the following: (a) a
monatomic cation, (b) a monatomic anion, (c) a polyatomic cation, (d) a polyatomic anion. 3
2He, 2He, 12Mg, 12Mg, 22Ti, 35Br, 078Pt 2.16 Indicate the number of protons, neutrons, and electrons
in each of the following species:
07N, 16S, 29Cu, 38Sr, 056Ba, 074W, 080Hg 2.17 Write the appropriate symbol for each of the following isotopes: (a) Z 11, A 23; (b) Z 28, A 64.
2.18 Write the appropriate symbol for each of the following isotopes: (a) Z 74, A 186; (b) Z 80, A
THE PERIODIC TABLE
Review Questions 2.19 What is the periodic table, and what is its significance
in the study of chemistry?
2.20 State two differences between a metal and a nonmetal.
2.21 Write the names and symbols for four elements in each
of the following categories: (a) nonmetal, (b) metal,
2.22 Define, with two examples, the following terms: (a)
alkali metals, (b) alkaline earth metals, (c) halogens,
(d) noble gases. Back Forward Main Menu TOC Problems 2.31 Identify the following as elements or compounds:
NH3, N2, S8, NO, CO, CO2, H2, SO2.
2.32 Give two examples of each of the following: (a) a diatomic molecule containing atoms of the same element, (b) a diatomic molecule containing atoms of different elements, (c) a polyatomic molecule containing
atoms of the same element, (d) a polyatomic molecule
containing atoms of different elements.
2.33 Give the number of protons and electrons in each of
the following common ions: Na , Ca2 , Al3 , Fe2 ,
I , F , S2 , O2 , and N3 .
2.34 Give the number of protons and electrons in each of
the following common ions: K , Mg2 , Fe3 , Br ,
Mn2 , C4 , Cu2 .
Review Questions 2.35 What does a chemical formula represent? What is the
ratio of the atoms in the following molecular formu- Study Guide TOC Textbook Website MHHE Website QUESTIONS AND PROBLEMS las? (a) NO, (b) NCl3, (c) N2O4, (d) P4O6
2.36 Define molecular formula and empirical formula.
What are the similarities and differences between the
empirical formula and molecular formula of a compound?
2.37 Give an example of a case in which two molecules
have different molecular formulas but the same empirical formula.
2.38 What does P4 signify? How does it differ from 4P?
2.39 What is an ionic compound? How is electrical neutrality maintained in an ionic compound?
2.40 Explain why the chemical formulas of ionic compounds are always the same as their empirical formulas.
Problems 2.41 What are the empirical formulas of the following compounds? (a) C2N2, (b) C6H6, (c) C9H20, (d) P4O10, (e)
2.42 What are the empirical formulas of the following compounds? (a) Al2Br6, (b) Na2S2O4, (c) N2O5, (d)
2.43 Write the molecular formula of glycine, an amino acid
present in proteins. The color codes are: gray (carbon),
blue (nitrogen), red (oxygen), and yellow (hydrogen). 2.44 Write the molecular formula of ethanol. The color
codes are: gray (carbon), red (oxygen), and yellow (hydrogen). 65 2.46 Which of the following compounds are likely to be
ionic? Which are likely to be molecular? CH4, NaBr,
BaF2, CCl4, ICl, CsCl, NF3
NAMING INORGANIC COMPOUNDS
Review Questions 2.47 What is the difference between inorganic compounds
and organic compounds?
2.48 What are the four major categories of inorganic compounds?
2.49 Give an example each for a binary compound and a
2.50 What is the Stock system? What are its advantages
over the older system of naming cations?
2.51 Explain why the formula HCl can represent two different chemical systems.
2.52 Define acids, bases, oxoacids, oxoanions, and hydrates.
Problems 2.53 Name the following compounds: (a) KH2PO4, (b)
K2HPO4, (c) HBr (gas), (d) HBr (in water), (e) Li2CO3,
(f) K2Cr2O7, (g) NH4NO2, (h) HIO3, (i) PF5, (j) P4O6,
(k) CdI2, (l) SrSO4, (m) Al(OH)3.
2.54 Name the following compounds: (a) KClO, (b)
Ag2CO3, (c) HNO2, (d) KMnO4, (e) CsClO3, (f)
KNH4SO4, (g) FeO, (h) Fe2O3, (i) TiCl4, (j) NaH, (k)
Li3N, (l) Na2O, (m) Na2O2.
2.55 Write the formulas for the following compounds: (a)
rubidium nitrite, (b) potassium sulfide, (c) sodium hydrogen sulfide, (d) magnesium phosphate, (e) calcium
hydrogen phosphate, (f) potassium dihydrogen phosphate, (g) iodine heptafluoride, (h) ammonium sulfate,
(i) silver perchlorate, ( j) boron trichloride.
2.56 Write the formulas for the following compounds: (a)
copper(I) cyanide, (b) strontium chlorite, (c) perbromic
acid, (d) hydroiodic acid, (e) disodium ammonium
phosphate, (f) lead(II) carbonate, (g) tin(II) fluoride,
(h) tetraphosphorus decasulfide, (i) mercury(II) oxide,
( j) mercury(I) iodide, (k) selenium hexafluoride.
ADDITIONAL PROBLEMS 2.45 Which of the following compounds are likely to be
ionic? Which are likely to be molecular? SiCl4, LiF,
BaCl2, B2H6, KCl, C2H4 Back Forward Main Menu TOC 2.57 A sample of an uranium compound is found to be losing mass gradually. Explain what is happening to the
2.58 In which one of the following pairs do the two species
resemble each other most closely in chemical properties? Explain. (a) 1H and 1H , (b) 14N and 14N3 , (c)
06C and 06C Study Guide TOC Textbook Website MHHE Website 66 ATOMS, MOLECULES, AND IONS 2.59 One isotope of a metallic element has mass number 65
and 35 neutrons in the nucleus. The cation derived
from the isotope has 28 electrons. Write the symbol
for this cation.
2.60 One isotope of a nonmetallic element has mass number 127 and 74 neutrons in the nucleus. The anion derived from the isotope has 54 electrons. Write the symbol for this anion.
2.61 The table below gives numbers of electrons, protons,
and neutrons in atoms or ions of a number of elements.
Answer the following: (a) Which of the species are
neutral? (b) Which are negatively charged? (c) Which
are positively charged? (d) What are the conventional
symbols for all the species?
ION OF ELEMENT A B C D E F G Number of electrons
Number of protons
Number of neutrons 5
10 2.62 What is wrong with or ambiguous about the phrase
“four molecules of NaCl”?
2.63 The following phosphorus sulfides are known: P4S3,
P4S7, and P4S10. Do these compounds obey the law of
2.64 Which of the following are elements, which are molecules but not compounds, which are compounds but
not molecules, and which are both compounds and
molecules? (a) SO2, (b) S8, (c) Cs, (d) N2O5, (e) O, (f)
O2, (g) O3, (h) CH4, (i) KBr, ( j) S, (k) P4, (l) LiF
2.65 Why is magnesium chloride (MgCl2) not called magnesium(II) chloride?
2.66 Some compounds are better known by their common
names than by their systematic chemical names. Give
the chemical formulas of the following substances:
(a) dry ice, (b) table salt, (c) laughing gas, (d) marble
(chalk, limestone), (e) quicklime, (f) slaked lime, (g)
baking soda, (h) washing soda, (i) gypsum, (j) milk of
2.67 Fill in the blanks in the following table:
PROTONS 5 NEUTRONS 6 ELECTRONS 79 5 16 Back Forward 117 136 18 NET
CHARGE 86 79 3 Main Menu 0 TOC 2.68 (a) Which elements are most likely to form ionic compounds? (b) Which metallic elements are most likely
to form cations with different charges?
2.69 What ion is each of the following most likely to form
in ionic compounds: (a) Li, (b) S, (c) I, (d) N, (e) Al,
(f) Cs, (g) Mg?
2.70 Which of the following symbols provides more information about the atom: 23Na or 11Na? Explain.
2.71 Write the chemical formulas and names of acids that
contain Group 7A elements. Do the same for elements
in Groups 3A, 4A, 5A, and 6A.
2.72 Of the 112 elements known, only two are liquids at
room temperature (25°C). What are they? (Hint: One
element is a familiar metal and the other element is in
2.73 For the noble gases (the Group 8A elements), 4He,
10Ne, 18Ar, 36Kr, and 054Xe, (a) determine the number
of protons and neutrons in the nucleus of each atom,
and (b) determine the ratio of neutrons to protons in
the nucleus of each atom. Describe any general trend
you discover in the way this ratio changes with increasing atomic number.
2.74 List the elements that exist as gases at room temperature. (Hint: These elements can be found in Groups
5A, 6A, 7A, and 8A.)
2.75 The Group 1B metals, Cu, Ag, and Au, are called
coinage metals. What chemical properties make them
specially suitable for making coins and jewels?
2.76 The elements in Group 8A of the periodic table are
called noble gases. Can you suggest what “noble”
means in this context?
2.77 The formula for calcium oxide is CaO. What are the
formulas for magnesium oxide and strontium oxide?
2.78 A common mineral of barium is barytes, or barium sulfate (BaSO4). Because elements in the same periodic
group have similar chemical properties, we might expect to find some radium sulfate (RaSO4) mixed with
barytes since radium is the last member of Group 2A.
However, the only source of radium compounds in nature is in uranium minerals. Why?
2.79 List five elements each that are (a) named after places,
(b) named after people, (c) named after a color. (Hint:
See Appendix 1.)
2.80 Name the only country that is named after an element.
(Hint: This country is in South America.)
2.81 Fluorine reacts with hydrogen (H) and deuterium (D)
to form hydrogen fluoride (HF) and deuterium fluoride (DF), where deuterium (2H) is an isotope of hy1
drogen. Would a given amount of fluorine react with
different masses of the two hydrogen isotopes? Does
this violate the law of definite proportion? Explain. Study Guide TOC Textbook Website MHHE Website QUESTIONS AND PROBLEMS 2.82 Predict the formula and name of a binary compound
formed from the following elements: (a) Na and H, (b)
B and O, (c) Na and S, (d) Al and F, (e) F and O, (f)
Sr and Cl.
2.83 Identify each of the following elements: (a) a halogen
whose anion contains 36 electrons, (b) a radioactive
noble gas with 86 protons, (c) a Group 6A element
whose anion contains 36 electrons, (d) An alkali metal
cation that contains 36 electrons, (e) a Group 4A cation
that contains 80 electrons. Back Forward Main Menu TOC 67 Answers to Practice Exercises: 2.1 29 protons, 34 neu- trons, and 29 electrons. 2.2 CHCl3. 2.3 C4H5N2O. 2.4 (a)
Lead(II) oxide, (b) lithium sulfite. 2.5 (a) Rb2SO4, (b) BaH2.
2.6 (a) Nitrogen trifluoride, (b) dichlorine heptoxide. 2.7 (a)
SF4, (b) N2O5. 2.8 (a) Hypobromous acid, (b) hydrogen sulfate
ion. Study Guide TOC Textbook Website MHHE Website ...
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