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Lab 4: totally, terrific table!


The goals of this experiment are:

  • To observe the reactions of several metals with cold water, hot water, acids, and other metal ions.
  • To prepare an activity series of the metals based on the observations from the above reactions.


You will be assessed on:

  • Observations of the reactions of several metals with cold water, hot water, acids and then other metal ions.
  • Preparation of an activity series of the metals based on the observations from the above reactions.
  • Answers to the quiz and post-lab questions.

Background information

First, you are going to travel back to 1869 and marvel at how the first periodic law and table were born when only 63 elements had been discovered at the time. A 35 year old professor of general chemistry, Dmitri Ivanovich Mendeleev, at the University of St. Petersburg (now Lennigrad) in Russia was shuffling cards, each labeled with the property of an element, trying to organize his thoughts for his soon-to-be famous textbook on chemistry. He realized that if the elements were arranged in the order of their atomic weights, there was a trend in properties that repeated itself several times!

In order to see and find order among the elements, we must have some general acquaintance with them. Elements are made of matter, and matter is defined as anything that has mass and occupies space. This includes everything that you can see and a lot that you cannot. It follows that in order to distinguish between different types of matter (in other words different elements) we have to assess their properties.

There are two types of properties: intensive and extensive. In the former case, intensive properties do not depend on the how much of an element is present but do include state (whether a substance is a solid, liquid or gas), color and chemical reactivity. Extensive properties depend on the quantity of matter present; mass and volume are extensive properties.

Properties can be further categorized as either chemical or physical. A chemical change describes how the substance may change composition, such as spontaneously by combustion or in combination with other substances. On the other hand, physical changes are those properties that can be measured without changing the composition of the matter. Condensation of steam to water is a physical change.


What is there to know about the periodic table? Why is it important? Why does it appear in nearly every science lecture room and lab? Is it just a portrait of an aspect of chemistry or does it serve a useful purpose? Why is the name periodic appropriate? Why is the table arranged in such a way? What are the important features of the table? Does it give order to the approximately 120 known elements?

Relative Reactivity of Metals and the Activity Series

 A superficial glance at the Periodic Table will reveal that all known elements are listed by their chemical symbols. An in depth glance at the Periodic Table yields information on the mass of an atom of the element in atomic mass units (amu) for the molar mass of a mole ( 6 . 02 × 10 23 size 12{6 "." "02" times "10" rSup { size 8{"23"} } } {} ) of atoms in grams below the chemical symbol for each element. Above the chemical symbol for each element, there is a second number listed, the atomic number, which gives the number of protons (positively charged particles in the nucleus), or the number of electrons (negatively charged outside the nucleus) for a neutral atom.

Questions & Answers

can someone help me with some logarithmic and exponential equations.
Jeffrey Reply
sure. what is your question?
okay, so you have 6 raised to the power of 2. what is that part of your answer
I don't understand what the A with approx sign and the boxed x mean
it think it's written 20/(X-6)^2 so it's 20 divided by X-6 squared
I'm not sure why it wrote it the other way
I got X =-6
ok. so take the square root of both sides, now you have plus or minus the square root of 20= x-6
oops. ignore that.
so you not have an equal sign anywhere in the original equation?
Commplementary angles
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im all ears I need to learn
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what is a good calculator for all algebra; would a Casio fx 260 work with all algebra equations? please name the cheapest, thanks.
Kevin Reply
a perfect square v²+2v+_
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algebra 2 Inequalities:If equation 2 = 0 it is an open set?
Kim Reply
or infinite solutions?
The answer is neither. The function, 2 = 0 cannot exist. Hence, the function is undefined.
Embra Reply
if |A| not equal to 0 and order of A is n prove that adj (adj A = |A|
Nancy Reply
rolling four fair dice and getting an even number an all four dice
ramon Reply
Kristine 2*2*2=8
Bridget Reply
Differences Between Laspeyres and Paasche Indices
Emedobi Reply
No. 7x -4y is simplified from 4x + (3y + 3x) -7y
Mary Reply
is it 3×y ?
Joan Reply
J, combine like terms 7x-4y
Bridget Reply
im not good at math so would this help me
Rachael Reply
I'm not good at math so would you help me
what is the problem that i will help you to self with?
how do you translate this in Algebraic Expressions
linda Reply
Need to simplify the expresin. 3/7 (x+y)-1/7 (x-1)=
Crystal Reply
. After 3 months on a diet, Lisa had lost 12% of her original weight. She lost 21 pounds. What was Lisa's original weight?
Chris Reply
what's the easiest and fastest way to the synthesize AgNP?
Damian Reply
types of nano material
abeetha Reply
I start with an easy one. carbon nanotubes woven into a long filament like a string
many many of nanotubes
what is the k.e before it land
what is the function of carbon nanotubes?
what is nanomaterials​ and their applications of sensors.
Ramkumar Reply
what is nano technology
Sravani Reply
what is system testing?
preparation of nanomaterial
Victor Reply
Yes, Nanotechnology has a very fast field of applications and their is always something new to do with it...
Himanshu Reply
good afternoon madam
what is system testing
what is the application of nanotechnology?
In this morden time nanotechnology used in many field . 1-Electronics-manufacturad IC ,RAM,MRAM,solar panel etc 2-Helth and Medical-Nanomedicine,Drug Dilivery for cancer treatment etc 3- Atomobile -MEMS, Coating on car etc. and may other field for details you can check at Google
anybody can imagine what will be happen after 100 years from now in nano tech world
after 100 year this will be not nanotechnology maybe this technology name will be change . maybe aftet 100 year . we work on electron lable practically about its properties and behaviour by the different instruments
name doesn't matter , whatever it will be change... I'm taking about effect on circumstances of the microscopic world
how hard could it be to apply nanotechnology against viral infections such HIV or Ebola?
silver nanoparticles could handle the job?
not now but maybe in future only AgNP maybe any other nanomaterials
can nanotechnology change the direction of the face of the world
Prasenjit Reply
At high concentrations (>0.01 M), the relation between absorptivity coefficient and absorbance is no longer linear. This is due to the electrostatic interactions between the quantum dots in close proximity. If the concentration of the solution is high, another effect that is seen is the scattering of light from the large number of quantum dots. This assumption only works at low concentrations of the analyte. Presence of stray light.
Ali Reply
the Beer law works very well for dilute solutions but fails for very high concentrations. why?
bamidele Reply
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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