Humboldt State University ® Department of Chemistry

Richard A. Paselk

Science 331 - Fall 2004

Section 2

"Chemistry" Final Study Guide

Review Quiz 1 Study Guide. Expect 50% of Final to be material from Quiz 1.

Review web notes, examples etc. You are responsible for the materials in your text pp 1-76 (but not Sound)

Terms (be able to define/describe): Define/describe: solution, salt, solvent, solute, saturated solution, phase change, boiling, solid, boiling point (bp), heat of vaporization/condensation, melting point (mp), heat of melting/solidification, Arrhenius acid/base model, "empirical" acid/base definition, heating/cooling curve.

Chemical Reactions: Be able to balance simple equations by inspection such as we have done in class. Remember the important considerations of conservation of mass. (see Lecture 7) For chemical equations, conservation of mass means that we must have the same numbers of the same kinds of atoms on both side of the equation.

Be able to predict the products and balance simple fuel oxidation reactions (burning). (e.g. CH4 + 2 O2 -> CO2 + 2 H2O)

Predict the charges of the ions of the elements in Groups IA, IIA, VIA, and VIIA. Explain why they have these charges (stable octets, have outer electron structure of nearest Noble gas).

Acids & Bases: What are acids? Bases? What are the charecters of acids and bases. Hydrogen ion, proton, hydroxide ion. Define/describe: Arrhenius acid model, Empirical model, hydronium ion (H3O+), strong acid/base (100% dissociated when < 1M), weak acid/base (less than 100% dissociated when < 1M),

Note that for "organic" acids (acids with carbon) we will see a common element = -COOH, a carbon with two oxygens, one of which has a hydrogen attached. The hydrogen on the oxygen is then the acidic hydrogen. (Alcohol, with a -COH is not acidic.)

pH and pH scale (Fig 1.20, p 32 in text)



The History of the Earth and Deep Time:

How old is the Earth? How long ago did the precambrian end? What marks the end of the precambrian and the beginning of the currrent Eon? (The modern fossil record of multicellular animals with hard parts began with the Cambrian.) What are some of the major occurances in the Precambrian?

What usually happens to mark the end of a major geological period (e.g. the end of the Cambrian, or the Cretaceous).

Note that Precambrian occurances are listed in notes and Phanerozoic times are summarised on HSU NHM exhibits website.


How do we know how old things are?

Look at three different age systems:


Earth and Solar System


Be able to determine age of sample given amount decayed and half-life as done in class (Lecture 11).


Rates of Chemical Reactions

How are chemicasl reaction rates effected by temperature? concentration? Explain why each relationship should be true.



Gases are characterized by four properties

  1. Amount of substance, (in moles)
  2. Volume, V (in Liters)
  3. Pressure, P (in atm, though often measured in mmHg)
  4. Temperature (in K)

Describe/define Bolye's Law and Charles Law. How does gas volume change with pressure? with temperature?

How did the study of gases result in the concept of "absolute zero"?


You will be provided with a Periodic Chart. You may bring a 3x5" card "cheat sheet."

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