Ch. 14 & 21 nuclear chem. & kinetics              test                 [80 points]                               AP Chem


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1.   The half-life for the process:  238U à  206Pb is 4.5 * 109 years.  A mineral sample contains 50.0 mg of 238U and 24.0 mg 206Pb.  There was 10.0 mg 206Pb prior to any 238U decay.  What is the age of the mineral ?  [10 points; based on weekly quiz & HW 10.39]


2.  Based on the following hypothetical experimental data, determine the rate law (include the value & units of the rate constant) for the reaction:  N2 +  H2  à  NH[15 points;  based on weekly quiz]



[N2]  (M)

[H2]  (M)

Δ [NH3 ] / Δt  (mM / s)














3.  For the reaction:  A  à  B, derive the expression for the half-life in a __ order reaction, then sketch / label a graph of A versus time to illustrate if the half-life is a constant, decreases, or increases as a function of time (show / label the half-life in your graph).  [30 points]


a.  1st 

b.  2nd

c. zeroth


4.  Describe / rationalize the experimental data needed and its subsequent analysis, including the graphical analysis, to determine the activation energy of a reaction,.  [15 points]


5.  old topic:  [10 points; hints:  recent email & thermo lab]


The Born-Haber cycle [figure 8.4 in your textbook; ch. 8.2 ionic bonding] can be used to determine the lattice energy; it’s the energy, where a solid ionic compound dissociates into its ions (in the gas phase), e.g.


NaCl (s)  à 


Determine the lattice energy of NaCl based on the following information [hints:  definition of Δ Hf , ionization energy, electron affinity, and pay attention to the phases:  g, l, s, aq]


Δ Hf (NaCl(s)) = - 411 kJ


Δ Hf (Na(g)) = 108 kJ


Δ Hf (Cl(g)) = 122 kJ


1st ionization energy of (gaseous) Na = 496 kJ


Electron affinity of (gaseous) Cl (atom) = - 349 kJ