Ionic Compounds and Insoluble Salts

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1. What is the test for carbonates?

  • Add hydrochloric acid and barium chloride solution to the carbonate.
  • Use a lighted splint to create a squeaky pop in a test tube if the hydrogen is present
  • Bubble a gas through lime water and if carbon dioxide is present it will turn milky.
  • Use a smouldering splint and see if it relights in the test tube if oxygen is present
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2. What colours do calcium and copper metals create during a flame test?

  • calcium = red and copper = blue/green
  • calcium = blue/green and copper = red
  • calcium = purple and copper = red
  • calcium = orange and copper = pruple

3. What is spectroscopy and why is it used?

  • This is the correct term for a flame test and they are used to find out what element/elements a substance contains.
  • It is a test where the patterns of light emitted by the elements in a heated sample are analysed. It is fast and reliable and can be used to detect very small amounts of element in a sample.
  • It is when a sample of an element is placed under an ultra magnifying lense and tiny tiny amounts of the element can be seen. It is very accurate.
  • It is when a gaenocologists takes a look at the nether regions of a woman's parts and tries to work out what elements may be stuck in there.

4. What is the test for chlorides?

  • dd chlorine and water and if it begans to smoke and fizz it was a chloride
  • Add dilute nitric acid and silver nitrate solution and if a white precipitate of silver chloride forms, the original was a chloride.
  • Add dilute hydrochloric acid and barium chloride to the solution. If a white precipitate of barium chloride forms, the original was a chloride
  • Add citric acid and lead chloride solution and if it changes colour from clear to red it was a chloride

5. Why is barium used in x-rays?

  • It contains reactive ions that react with the x-rays, causing the reaction zones to show up in your body over areas of abnormality
  • Barium sulfate is opaque to x-rays so it can be used to show problems in the gut. It is toxic but can be safely drunk because it's insoluble.
  • It is transparent so allows the bones to be more visible, and it is soluble, meaning that it absorbs into your blood and leaves no toxic waste behind,
  • Because it is insoluble so clumps in areas of broken bones.


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