mass numbers and RFM

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Mass number

  • the relative mass of protons and neutrons is 1 
  • the mass number of an atom tells you the the total number of protons and neutron in the nucleus 
  • isotopes are atoms of the same elements with different numbers of neutrons

Periodic Table Symbols - AQA, IGCSE & GCSE Chemistry revision notes

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Relative Formula Mass (RFM)

  • The symbol for the relative atomic mass is Ar.
  • This is calculated from the mass number and relative abundances of all the isotopes of a particular element.
  • The symbol for the relative formula mass is Mr and it refers to the total mass of the molecule.
  • To calculate the Mr of a substance, you have to add up the relative atomic masses of all the atoms present in the formula.
  • they are always measured in grams (g). 

Relative Formula Table, IGCSE & GCSE Chemistry revision notes

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Conservation of mass

    • The Law of Conservation of Mass states that no matter is lost or gained during a chemical reaction.
    • Mass is always conserved, therefore the total mass of the reactants is equal to the total mass of the products, which is why all chemical equations must be balanced.
    • The sum of the relative atomic/molecular masses of the reactants will be the same as the sum of the relative atomic/molecular masses of the products.
    • A precipitation reaction is one in which two solutions react to form an insoluble solid called a precipitate.
    • If the reaction flask is closed and no other substance can enter or leave the system, then the total mass of the reaction flask will remain constant.
    • For example, the reaction between calcium chloride and sodium sulfate produces a precipitate of calcium sulfate.
    • If carried out in a closed system then the mass before and after the reaction will be the same.
    • The balanced equation is:

CaCl2 + Na2SO4 ⟶ CaSO4 + 2NaCl

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moles and their calculation

  • This is the mass of substance containing the same number of fundamental units as there are atoms in exactly 12.000 g of 12C.
  • The mole is the unit representing the amount of atoms, ions, or molecules and its symbol is mol.
  • One mol is the amount of a substance that contains 6.02 x 1023 particles (Atoms, Molecules or Formulae) of a substance (6.02 x 1023 is Known as the Avogadro Number).Example -  1 mole of Sodium (Na) contains 6.02 x 1023 atoms of Sodium.
  • how many moles are there in 25g of sodium oxide, NaO
  • calculate the RFM of sodium oxide 
    • RAM Na = 23 / RAM O =16 
    • so the RFM of NaO2 = (1 x 23) + (2 x 16) = 62g
    • number of moles = mass of substance (g) ÷ RFM (g) 
    • 25 ÷ 62 = 0.403 moles NaO
  • answer = 0.403 moles of NaO
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Balanced equations and their calculation

  • make sure that the formulae are correct for the chemicals involved 
  • make sure that the equations balances using moles 
  • using a balanced equation, you van calculate the amount of product that you could theoretically get 
  • e.g  how many grams of calcium oxide do you get forom the thermal decomposition of 200g of cacium carbonate? CaCO3 = CaO + CO2 
    • 100g CaCO3 will produce 56g of CaO 
    • so 200g of CaCO3 will produce (2 x 56g) CaO
  • 112g CaO  
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