Ch. 6 & 7  atomic structure & periodic trends             test     [85points]        AP Chem


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1.  Describe and rationalize the periodic trends in the electron affinity in a row in the periodic table.  [10 points]


2.  .   lab related questions.  [20 points]


a.  Which is the better color, red or green, to measure the absorption of a green-colored solution ?  Justify / rationalize your choice.


b.  Based on the following hypothetical experimental data


[Cu+2]  (mM)











generate and use a calibration curve to estimate the [Cu+2] of a sample, where its absorbance = 0.3.


c.  Based on the following hypothetical graph,

abs spectrum

              what would be the “best” wavelength to use for a calibration curve ?  Justify / rationalize your choice.



3.  In the hydrogen atom, an electron goes from the n = 4 to n = 3 electron energy level.  [15 points]


a.  What is the preceding event – the absorption or emission of light ?  Justify your answer.


b.  The wavelength of visible light is from 400 – 700 nm.  Is the light associated with the preceding event, visible light ?  ultraviolet light ?  infared light ?  Justify your answer.


4.  Write the chemical equation for ___; need not balance the chemical equation.  [15 points]


a.  add potassium metal to water


b.  bubble sulfur trioxide in a solution of sodium hydroxide


c.  heat calcium metal in an atmosphere of oxygen


d.  sodium metal reacts with chlorine gas


e.  potassium metal reacts with oxygen gas



5.  Pick any 2 of the following choices:  describe ___.  Clearly identify your choice; will evaluate 2 lowest-scoring choices if you do all three choices.  [10 points] 


a. aufbau principle

b.  Pauli exclusion principle

c.  Hund’s rule


6.  old topics  [15 points]


a.  Describe the results of Rutherford’s experiment and its interpretation regarding the atom. 


b.  For the reaction, H2  +  O2  à  H2O, the  


rate  =  k [H2] [O2]1/2


if the rate is 2.5 μM / second, [H2] = 2.0 mM and [O2] = 5.0 mM, then what is the value and units of the rate constant, k ?