Nuclear chem. & kinetics        test       62 points                                Chem


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1.  fill-in the blank or write the nuclear reaction for the following hypothetical nuclear reactions.  [10 points]


a.  the alpha decay of 140Ba:  _____________________________



b.  the positron emission of 32Si:  ___________________________



c.  the beta decay of 27Al:  _________________________________



d.  230Ra  à   90Rb  +  _____ , which is an example of  ____________  (type of reaction)



e.  55Cr + 8Li  à  26Mg +  ___ , which is an example of ______________  (type of reaction)


2.  131I (half-life = 8.02 days) was detected in seawater near the damaged nuclear reactor in Japan.  How much time would it take for 99% of the radioactivity to disappear (assume that there is no new release of this isotope) ?  [10 points]


3.  In regards to the combustion of ethane:  C2H6 + O2 à  CO2  +  H2O,  fill-in the below table.  [12 points]


Rx rate

Δ C2 H6 /Δ t Δ O2 /Δ t Δ CO2 /Δ t Δ H2 O /Δ t






   5.0 mM / s




4.  Sketch / label the graphs that can be used to determine if a reaction:  A  à  B follows 0th, 1st, or 2nd order kinetics.  [15 points]



5.  Sketch / label the reaction energy profile for the reaction:  N2(g)  +  3 H2(g)  à 2 NH3(g).  The activation energy of the forward reaction is 100 kJ / mole.  Determine the activation energy of the backward reaction and the change in enthalpy of the reaction.  [15 points]