AQA Chemistry 1 C1.2

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Calcium Carbonate

  • Limestone is mainly made up of the compound calcium carbonate (CaCO3), which is quarried and often used as a building material.
  • When you heat calcium carbonate, it becomes Calcium oxide and releases carbon dioxide. This is thermal decomposition.
  • React calcium oxide with water and you get calcium hydroxide.
  • By adding more water and filtering, you get calcium hydroxide solution (limewater).
  • By adding Carbon dioxide with this mixture, you get back to calcium carbobate.
  • Limestone is damaged easily by acid rain caused by sulphur dioxide.
  • Limestone can be heated with clay to create cement which can be mixed with sand to make mortar or sand and gravel to make concrete.
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