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Gold: Interesting Facts about Gold

len Alfred Ajibola - 10th February, 2019 @ 04:19 PM

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Academic Questions in Chemistry

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Which of the following isn't an element of the periodic table.

  • A. J

  • B. Y

  • C. W

  • D. B

  • E. U

  • F. K

According to the periodic table, elements in the same group have got the same number of shells.

  • A. True

  • B. False

The periodic table of elements is also called the Mendeleev's table.

  • A. True

  • B. False

The simplest formula of a compound is termed _____.

  • A. Emperical formula

  • B. Molecular formula

  • C. Avogadro's number

  • D. Mass formula

  • E. Molar mass formula

  • F. Mole ratio

A compound composed of iron (Fe) and oxygen (O) was analyzed and found to contain 69.94% iron and 30.06% oxygen. Find the empirical formula of the compound. (Molar mass of Fe=55.85, O=16)

  • A. FeO

  • B. Fe2O3

  • C. Fe3O4

  • D. FeO2

  • E. Fe3O6

  • F. Fe2O4

Which of the following statement is false concerning hydrocarbons?

  • A. Hydrocarbons can be aromatic

  • B. Hydrocarbons are made up of carbon and hydrogen only

  • C. Alkynes are aliphatic hydrocarbons

  • D. Alkenes have a carbon-carbon double bond in their structure

  • E. Benzene ring has a carbon-carbon triple bond in its structure

  • F. Hydrocarbons are the main constituents of petroleum and natural gas

The ability of carbon to form long chain of itself is called _____.

  • A. Carbon chain reaction

  • B. Catenation

  • C. Carbontion

  • D. Carbontion

  • E. Organic chemistry

  • F. Carbon moleculation

Calculate the relative molecular mass of methane. (Carbon = 12.001, H = 1.00794).

  • A. 13.00894 amu

  • B. 11.00206 amu

  • C. 12.00794 amu

  • D. 14.001 amu

  • E. 15.001 amu

  • F. 16.033 amu

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Gold:

Gold is a symbol associated with kings. It is a metal of value because many prefer to adorn themselves with it. It is also very useful for making decorations.

Interesting and amazing facts are associated with this precious metal (gold). For instance, some persons may tell you that 'gold is eatable' and that's quite true; and a statement of fact.

Please read more on Interesting Facts for Students here.

In this article, well will consider some interesting facts about gold.

30 Facts about Gold

  1. It is the only metal that has a gold (golden) color.


  2. Gold is present inside the earth crust in all the seven continents.


  3. Pure gold is soft and very stretchable (It can even be stretched into threads).


  4. The Latin name of Gold is 'Aurum' which means 'shining dawn'. For this reason, its chemical symbol is 'Au'.


  5. Gold is a very good conductor of electricity. This is why it’s sometimes used as a component of USB and audio cables.


  6. Gold is non toxic and can be eaten with food. It is sometimes added to desserts in some expensive restaurants.


  7. The term Gold originated from an ancient English word 'geolu' which means yellow.


  8. 24karat gold is the purest gold element.


  9. Gold is a noble metal. This means that it chemically inert, unreactive and cannot rust nor become oxidized.


  10. Gold is the 58th rarest element among all the elements found beneath the earth crust.


  11. Gold is a transition metal in the periodic table.
    Please read on the Periodic Table and Classification of Elements here.


  12. As at 2019, the country buying the largest number of gold is China, followed by India.


  13. Gold’s melting point is 2063oF. (oF means degree Fahrenheit).


  14. Gold is the most malleable and ductile pure metal ever known. Malleability means that gold can be hammered into thin sheets while ductility implies that it can stretched and drawn into wires.
    Please read on the Physical Properties of Metals here.


  15. Although acid dissolve most metals, a certain mixture of acids called aqua regia is used to dissolve gold.


  16. Gold is usually measured in ounces and tons.
    Please on Fundamental and Derived Units here.


  17. Gold is the major mineral in California, USA.


  18. Pure gold is odorless and tasteless.


  19. Pure gold will not irritate your skin.


  20. After 1912, the Olympic gold medal ceased to be pure gold.


  21. The world’s deepest gold mine is 2.5 miles deep and is found in Mponeng, South Africa.


  22. Gold is one of the first metals to be discovered by man.


  23. One ounce of gold can be drawn into a thread length of 60 miles.


  24. South Africa is the world’s largest gold distributor.


  25. Gold can be found on planets Mars, Mercury and Venus according to scientists.
    Please on the Solar System and Planets here.


  26. Switzerland was the last country to add gold to its currency. Their currency had gold in it until 1999.


  27. The country holding the most gold in the world is the United States of America with 8,133.5 tons.


  28. Gold had been used as currency with monetary value.
    Please on the various Methods of Payments through Commercial Banks here.


  29. About 88,000 tons of gold have been mined from the earth.


  30. Gold Chloride (AuCl3) and Gold Oxide (Au2O3) are used in making red colored glass.
    Please read more on Ceramics here.

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Amazing facts in Chemistry

The only letters that failed to appear on the periodic table are letters:

J     &     Q

Gold and copper are the only two non-silvery colored metals.

Copper is the only metal that is naturally antibacterial. For this reason, some children utilize 'copper water bottles' in schools

Water 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

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


NOTABLE POINTS IN Chemistry

In chemistry, hydrocarbons can be classified as either aliphatic or aromatic. Recently, both classifications of hydrocarbon were based on their structure rather than their origin.

Aliphatic hydrocarbons are put into three main groups according to the types of bonds they possess. These are:

  1. Alkanes

  2. Alkenes

  3. Alkynes

They are shown in the image below:

Alkanes, Alkenes and Alkynes - Len Academy

It's important to note the followings:

  • Alkanes have single bonds (only) in their structures.

  • Alkenes always have a carbon-carbon double bond present in their structure.

  • Alkynes always have a carbon-carbon triple bond present in their structure.

 

Aromatic hydrocarbons are classified into:

  • Arenes: They contain benzene ring as a structural unit. Below is the structure of a benzene ring.

Benzene Ring - Len Academy

 

  • Nonbenzenoid aromatic hydrocarbons: They possess special stability but lack a benzene ring as a structural unit.

Organic chemistry is the study of carbon and it's compounds.

Carbon is the focus of organic chemistry because it has a wide chemical diversity in the sense that it can combine with other carbon atoms to form a long chain of carbon molecule. This ability and process whereby carbon can form a long chain of itself is called catenation.

Please read the introduction to organic chemistry here

A major challenge encountered when calculating molecular mass is that it becomes difficult or impossible to calculate especially when the relative molecular mass of large molecules, polymers and macromolecules are involved.

Examples of large molecules (with indefinite molecular masses) include carbohydrates, cellulose and complex sugars.

The large molecules (above) have no specific chemical formula throughout their volume.

Please read more on carbohydrates and sugars here

Understand that Relative Molecular Mass prove to be useful only when we calculate substances with small and definite molecular sizes. This was proven through the modifications of Dalton's atomic theory.

Please read on Dalton's atomic theory and its modifications here.

Calculate the Relative Molecular Mass of methane (CH4). (Carbon=12.001 and H=1.00794)

  • Molecular Mass = Atomic mass of carbon + Atomic mass of Hydrogen

  • Methane is composed of one atom of Carbon and 4 atoms of Hydrogen.

  • 12.001 + (1.00794 x 4)

Molecular Mass of Methane = 16.033 amu

Please read more on molecular mass here


Calculate the Relative Molecular Mass of water (H2O). (Oxygen=15.9994 and Hydrogen=1.00794)

  • Molecular Mass = Atomic mass of Hydrogen + Atomic mass of Oxygen

  • Water contains 2 atoms of Hydrogen and 1 atom of oxygen.

  • (1.00794 x 2) + 15.9994

Molecular Mass of Water = 18.015 Da

Please read on emperical formula and its calculations here

Gold - Len Academy

Below are some facts about gold:

  • It is the only metal that has a gold (golden) color

  • Gold is present inside the earth crust in all the seven continents

  • Pure gold is soft and very stretchable (It can even be stretched into threads)

  • The Latin name of Gold is aurum which means 'shining dawn'. For this reason, its chemical symbol is 'Au'

  • Gold is a very good conductor of electricity. This is why it’s sometimes used in making USB and audio cables

  • Gold is non toxic and can be eaten with food. It is sometimes added to desserts in some expensive restaurants

  • The term Gold originated from an ancient English word 'geolu' which means yellow

  • 24karat gold is the purest gold element

Please read more interesting facts about gold here