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Monday, August 18, 2014


Chemistry is the science of molecules and theirtransformations. It is the science not so much of the onehundred elements but of the infinite variety of moleculesthat may be built from them ...

Chemistry deals with the composition, structure and properties of matter. These aspects can be best described and understood in terms of basic constituents of matter:atoms and molecules . That is why chemistry is called the science of atoms and molecules. Can we see, weigh and perceive these entities? Is it possible to count the number of atoms and molecules in a given mass of matter and have a quantitative relationship between the mass and number of these particles (atoms and molecules)? We will like to answer some of these questions in this Unit. We would further describe how physical properties of matter can be quantitatively described using numerical values with suitable units.

Science can be viewed as a continuing human effort to systematize knowledge for describing and understanding nature. For the sake of convenience science is sub-divided into various disciplines: chemistry, physics, biology, geology etc. Chemistry is the branch of science that studies the composition, properties and interaction of matter. Chemists are interested in knowing how chemical transformations occur. Chemistry plays a central r ole in science and is often intertwined with other branches of science like physics, biology, geology etc. Chemistry also plays an important role in daily life.
Chemical principles are important in diverse areas, suchas: weather patterns, functioning of brain and operation of a computer. Chemical industries manufacturing fertilizers, alkalis, acids, salts, dyes, polymers, drugs, soaps, detergents, metals, alloys and other inorganic and organic chemicals, including new materials, contribute in a big way to the national economy.
Chemistry plays an important role in meeting human needs for food, health care products and other materials aimed at improving the quality of life. This is exemplified by the large scale production of a variety of fertilizers, improved varieties of pesticides and insecticides. Similarly many life saving drugs such as cisplatin and taxol , are effective in cancer therapy and AZT (Azidothymidine) used for helping AIDS victims, have been isolated from plant and animal sources or prepared by synthetic methods.
With a better understanding of chemical principles it has now become possible to design and synthesize new materials having specific magnetic, electric and optical properties. This has lead to the production of superconducting ceramics, conducting polymers, optical fibres and large scale miniaturization of solid state devices. In recent years chemistry has tackled with a fair degree of success some of the pressing aspects of environmental degradation. Safer alternatives to environmentally hazardous refrigerants like CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons), responsible for ozone depletion in the stratosphere, have been successfully synthesised. However, many big environmental problems continue to be matters of grave concern to the chemists. One such problem is the management of the Green House gases like methane, carbon dioxide etc. Understanding of bio-chemical processes, use of enzymes for large-scale production of chemicals and synthesis of new exotic materials are some of the intellectual challenges for the future generation of chemists. A developing country like India needs talented and creative chemists for accepting such

Everything around us, for example, book, pen, pencil, water, air, all living beings etc. ar e composed of matter. You know that they have mass and they occupy space.
You are also aware that matter can exist in three physical states viz. solidliquid and gas. The constituent particles of matter in these three states can be represented as shown in Fig. 1.1. In solids, these particles are held very close to each other in an orderly fashion and there is not much freedom of movement. In liquids, the particles are close to each other but they can move around. However, in gases, the particles are far apart as compared to those present in solid or liquid states and their movement is easy and fast. Because of such arrangement of particles, different states of matter exhibit the following characteristics:
(i)    Solids have definite volume and definite shape .
(ii)   Liquids have definite volume but not the definite shape. They take the shape of the container in which they are placed.
(iii)  Gases have neither definite volume nor definite shape. They completely occupy the container in which they are placed.
These three states of matter are interconvertible by changing the conditions of temperature and pressure.
Solid ↽ he a t  ⇀   liquid ↽ heat ⇀   Gas
You are already familiar with the term matter. Anything which has mass and occupies space is called matter. On heating a solid usually changes to a liquid and the liquid on further heating

Mole Concept

  • What is Mole Concept?

Amedeo Avogadro
According to Amedeo Avogadro one gram atom of any elementcontains the same number of atoms and one gram molecule of any substancecontains the
same number of molecules which is equal to 6.0221367 ×1023                       

The amount of the substance containing 6.0221367 ×1023atoms or molecules is called one mole.
For example, 1 mole of sodium means 6.022 ×10 23 atoms of sodium. 1 mole of any substance can be defined asAmount of a substance that contains as many particles (atoms, molecules orions) as there are atoms in 12 g of the 12 C isotope.
Molar mass of a substance is the mass of one mole of a subst

Atoms and molecules are extremely small in size and theirnumbers in even a small amount of any substance is really very large. To handlesuch large numbers, a unit of similar magnitude is required. Just as we denote onedozen for 12 items, score for 20 items, gross for 144 items, we use the idea ofmole to count entities at the microscopic level (i.e. atoms/molecules/particles, electrons, ions, etc).
In SI system, mole (symbol, mol) was introduced as seventhbase quantity for the amount of a substance.
  •  What ismole?
Mole is the unit of amount of substance.
One mole is the amount of a substance that contains as manyparticles or entities as there are atoms in exactly 12 g (or 0.012 kg) of the 12Cisotope
It may be emphasized that the mole of a substance alwayscontain the same number of entities, no matter what
the substance may be. In order to determine this numberprecisely, the mass of a carbon– 12 atom was determined by a mass spectrometerand found to be equal to
1.992648 × 10-23 g. Knowing that one mole ofcarbon weighs 12 g, the number of atoms in it is equal to  6.0221367 × 1023atom/mol
  •  What isAvogadro’s Number?
Avogadros number is nothing but the number of particlespresent in 1 mole of any substance.
Numerically it is equal to 6.022 × 10 23 . It is also called Avogadro Constant and isrepresented by symbol NA.
  • What isdifference between molecular mass and molar mass?
The molecular mass and molar mass are two different termsand should not be confused as implying the same meaning. 
The molecular mass of a compound is the sum of the atomicmasses of all the atoms present in a molecule of that compound. It is expressedin atomic mass unit (amu) or unified mass (u).
In order to calculate the molecular mass of a compound, themass of all the atoms present in it are added.
For example,
Molecular mass of glucose (C6H12O6) is = 6 (C) + 12 (H) + 6 (O) = 180 u.
While molar mass of any compound is the mass of one molei.e. 6.023 x 1023 molecules of the compound.
Although molar mass is reported in gram and molecular massis reported in atomic mass unit, both are numerically equal.
For example, molar mass of glucose is 180 gram while itsmolecular mass is 180 u. But the former is mass of 6.023 ×1023 molecules of glucose while later one is mass ofone molecule of glucose

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