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Academic Questions in Chemistry
The only metal that exist as liquid at room temperature is _____.
ANSWER is Mercury
Mercury is a liquid metal at room temperature. Its chemical symbol is Hg. The name mercury comes from its Greek name, hydrargyrum, which means "liquid silver" . Mercury has an atomic number of 80. Please read on the periodic table of elements here
The element mercury is also considered to be named after the fastest-moving planet in the solar system. You can read on solar system here.
In chemistry, students are expected to work with substances like salts, acid and bases. Recall that substances may be classified in two ways. These are:
Mixtures will always require a form separation. The reason is because a mixture must contain more than one substance. Take for instance, water (H2O) is a pure substance; but when we add common salt (NaCl) to it, the water no longer becomes pure (since it has been mixed with another substance). Together, the water and salt are considered to be mixtures and thus may be separated in order to regain its constituents, that is, the salt and water respectively.
A mixture always contain two or more substances in any proportion
Based on the uniformity of the mixture, we could classify a mixture as either homogenous or heterogeneous.
The composition of substances in a homogenous mixture is uniform all through. For instance, the mixture of salt and water will be homogenous.
The liquid that dissolves the solid is known as the solvent. (Water in the above instance).
The solid that is dissolved by the solvent is known as the solute. (Salt in the above instance).
A mixture is said to be heterogeneous if different sections of the mixture have varying composition.
An example of a heterogeneous mixture is sand and water.
It is important to note that the technique for separating one mixture will vary with another. This is due to the different nature of components present in the mixture, together with their physical properties like boiling point, melting point and solubility among others. Please read on the physical properties of metals here.
Filtration is used as a method to separate an insoluble solid from a liquid. For instance:
The material utilized in carrying out the process of filtration could be a filter paper, sieve with microscopic pores or even a cotton material. The liquid that is collected into the filtration flask is known as the filtrate while the solid that remains on the filter paper is called the residue.
Note: Filtration is a commonly used process in the purification of a town’s water supply. In this case, filter beds are used.
Decantation is a process used for the separation of an insoluble solid from a liquid; and the insoluble solid must settle at the bottom of the container, leaving a clear liquid above.
Sedimentation is a term used when an insoluble solid settle at the bottom of a container
During the process of decantation, we need to carefully pour off the top/upper clear liquid leaving behind the insoluble solid in the container. Although decantation may be quite similar to filtration with regards to what is separated, the fact remains that decantation is less effective since it cannot ensure complete separation of the insoluble solid from the liquid.
A separating funnel is used to separate two immiscible liquid, for instance, water and oil, Kerosene and water, etc. The two immiscible liquids that are to be separated will usually have different densities or weights; and as a result, one will rise above the other. With regards to water and oil, water has a higher density of 1.003kg/m3 and will remain at the bottom (sinks) as the oil floats above it (since it has a lesser density of 0.073kg/m3).
Immiscible or non miscible liquids are liquids that do not dissolve in each other
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When the mixture of the two immiscible liquid are put in the separating funnel, the tap/stopcock is opened and the liquid with the higher density is first collected (water in our case) followed by that with the lesser density (oil).
Note: A separating funnel is also called a separatory funnel.
Evaporation is used to separate the components of a soluble solid in a liquid and the solid must not be decomposed on heating. The mixture of sodium chloride in water can be separated through evaporation.
The basic apparatus required to carry out evaporation are
After evaporation, the liquid will be lost to the atmosphere while the solid (salt in our instance) remains in the evaporating dish.
The solid that remains in the evaporating dish is known as residue
Amazing facts in Chemistry
Gold and copper are the only two non-silvery colored metals. Please read some interesting facts about gold here
Copper is the only metal that is naturally antibacterial. This is why you would see some children carry copper water bottles to school
Water actually freezes faster when it’s warm than when it’s cold
Most element in their pure state exists physically in different forms. For instance, pure carbon can exist as both diamond and graphite. This phenomenon is called allotropy.
Please read on modification of Dalton's atomic theory here.
If you pour a handful of salt into a full glass of water, the water level will go down rather than overflowing the glass.
Similarly, if you mix half liter of water and half litre of alcohol, the total volume of the liquid will be les than one litre
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