Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Exam Review

19. Percent Composition:
Percent composition is used to identify the unknown or new compound. It tells you the exact percentage by mass of each element in a compound.
percent composition= part mass(mass of element)/whole mass(mass of compound) x100
Ni- (33.1/41.9)x100= 79.0%
O- (8.8/41.9)x100= 21%
1. find the molar mass of each element in the compound (use periodic table)
2. find molar mass of entire formula
3. use coefficients form chemical formula to determine how many grams of each element are in total mass of one mole of the compound
    percent of hydrogen:
    (8.064/180.163)x100= 4.48%

    31. Mole 
    Using moles is a reoccurring topic throughout the trimester so heres a quick review...
    1 mole=6.022x10^23
    used for:

    • atoms
    • molecules
    • ions
    • formula units
    calculating unknown element/molar mass:
    1. moles= # atoms x (1 mole/6.022x10^23)
    2. molar mass= molar mass/moles
    3. use molar mass to find unknown element
      Molar Volume of Gases:
      1 mole gas= 22.4 L
      (standard temperature and pressure)

      Tuesday, April 5, 2011

      The Chernobyl Accident
      the biggest nuclear plant disaster
      Reactor 4 after the nuclear disaster (6)
      Nuclear Reactors
      Electricity is produced when a nuclear reactor creates a nuclear reaction by splitting atoms of an element such as uranium. The heat generated form the nuclear reaction produces steam that powers the generator of the reactor, creating electricity. (8)
      nuclear reactor diagram (11)
      click here for a nuclear reactor animation

      Chernobyl Plant
      RBMK-1000 model (1)
      The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, located in Ukraine had four nuclear reactors. The first unit was created in 1970, the second in 1977, and the last two in 1938. The last two units were second generation units with updated safety precautions. All four of the reactors were the RBMK-1000 design, created by the Soviet Union. Several other reactors of the same design were under construction at the time.(1) Each unit was able to produced 1,000 megawatts. Together, the reactors created 10% of Ukraine's electricity.(2)

      The Disaster
      unit 4 reactor (1)

      On April 26, 1986, the reactor crew operating on Chernobyl 4 (unit 4 reactor) ran tests on the electrical control system to see how long the turbines could fuel power to the circulating pumps without the source form the main power supply.(1) The crew continued to operate on the reactor even after the automatic safety mechanisms had been turned off, causing the reactor to be maneuvered while it was under unstable conditions. The design of the reactor itself also contributed to the accident. When the control rods were inserted into the reactor, it caused a power surge to occur. The combination of these two factors caused the reactor to overheat and create several explosions, destroying the unit. Radioactive material from the fumes of the burning reactor were continuously for 10 days. 
      click here to see clips from the disaster

      Solving the Problem
      radioactive fallout (7)
      In an attempt to extinguish the fire, 200-300 tones of water per hour were pumped into the reactor. However, after the first day, they began to fear that this would flow into the other units and flood them. Instead, they dropped boron, sand, and clay from helicopters in order to prevent the release of radioactive particles in the atmosphere.(4)

      Immediate Effects
      control zones (7)
      The disaster released more than 5% of the reactor core into the atmosphere, and the explosions from the reactor killed 2 workers that night.(1) On the first day of the accident, an estimated 1000 reactor workers were exposed to a high amount of radiation. More than 200,000 emergency workers were also exposed throughout the next year. About 5 million people living in Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus were also contaminated. There were also 4,000 cases of thyroid cancer following the accident.(10) 

      Long Term Effects
      cycle of human radiation exposure (1)
      Other than an increase in of thyroid cancer among the people living in the contaminated areas, the 
      United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation(UNSCEAR) claims that "there is no evidence of a major public health impact attributable to the radiation exposure 20 years after the accident." However the land near the disaster still suffers from the effects from radiation. In 1986, 116,00 people were evacuated the contaminated area surrounding Chernobyl which is still restricted at this time.(1) 

      Fukushima vs. Chernobyl
      Fukushima power plant (12) 
      Although Fukushima and Chernobyl are being compared as nuclear plant disasters, the situation in Japan is not as dangerous as it was in Chernobyl. The two incidents are actually quite different. Unlike Chernobyl, the nuclear reactor accident in Fukushima was caused by the natural disaster of the earthquake and tsunami. Chernobyl's disaster was a result of the workers' carelessness along with a design flaw. The design for the reactors in Fukushima are more stable, and the situation is being handled with more knowledge and experience with nuclear radiation.

      Pros vs. Cons of Nuclear Power
      • little pollution- "clean energy"
      • energy dependancy
      • meltdowns- wide spread destruction
      • radiation- negative affects on environment/health
      • expensive
      click here for a list of myths about nuclear radiation

      images/works cited

      Tuesday, January 25, 2011

      Chemistry in Life

      Covalent Compound Haiku
      entitled "Group Effort!"

      multiple atoms
      share electrons to obtain
      noble gas configs
      Molecular Shapes
      here are some examples of similar shapes as molecular shapes in everyday objects...
      linear- hockey stick
      bent- laptop
      trigonal planar-body shape of yoga pose (warrior pose)
      tetrahedral- tripod
      trigonal pyramidal- tricycle