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Notes on the chemical families of the periodic table

Notes on the chemical families of the periodic table

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  • 1. Chemical Groups and Families
  • 2. Group 1-Alkali Metals Li Na K Rb Cs Fr
    • shiny solids, malleable, ductile
    • good conductors of electricity
    • low densities, low melting points
    • soft enough to be cut with a knife
    • intense chemical reactivity
    • reacts readily with air and water
    • reactivity increases as you go down the group
    • Na and K most abundant of family (rank 7 th and 8 th by mass in earth’s crust)
    • Never found as free elements in nature
  • 3. Called “Alkali” because they form basic solutions when react with water Na + H 2 O NaOH + H 2
  • 4. Group 2-Alkali Earth Metals Mg Ca Sr Ba Ra
    • higher densities and melting points than group 1
    • also form basic solutions with water
    • almost as reactive as group 1
    • Ca, Sr, Ba and Ra react w/water
    • also not found in nature in elemental state
    • Ca & Mg most abundant of family (rank 5th and 6th by mass in earth’s crust)
    • Be differs from others: very high melting point and as strong as steel
    Be
  • 5. Transition Metals
  • 6.
    • Transition Metals as a Group
    • Play an important role in living organisms; Co found in vitamin B 12 , Fe is an essential part of hemoglobin
    • Many also valuable as strong, structurally useful materials; Fe primary building material, Cr protective coating on metals, Ag and Au used for coins and jewelry
    • Vary greatly in abundance; Fe and Ti rank 4 th an 10 th by mass in Earth’s crust. Pt and Ir are very rare
  • 7.
    • Transition Metals as a Group
    • Properties vary from family to family
    • Most have high densities (this is why they are called the “heavy metals”)
    • Most have high melting points
    • Most are good conductors of electricity
    • Most are malleable
    • Many form more than one ion
  • 8. BRITTLE DUCTLE LOW MELTING PTS
  • 9. Inner Transition Metals
  • 10.
    • Lanthanides
    • Elements of the 4f series
    • Very similar to one another because they all have the same number of valence electrons
    • All readily form 3+ ions (ALL considered part of group 3)
    • Soft, silvery metals
    • Only somewhat less reactive than group 2
    • React with air and slowly with water
    • Widely distributed in nature, but generally occur together; hard to separate
    • Little commercial importance
  • 11.
    • Lanthanides
    • Europium is used in television tubes to produce the red color
    • Lanthanium used in studio carbon arc lighting and projection lenses in movie industry
    • Cerium-catalyst used in self cleaning ovens
    • Ytterbium used to strengthen stainless steel knifes
    • Promethium used as a nuclear powered battery
  • 12.
    • Actinides
    • Elements of the 5f series
    • All Isotopes of these elements are RADIOACTIVE
    • Only Th and U occur in nature
    • All others are artificial, produced by nuclear bombardment reactions
    • Plutonium salts used for coloring glass and enamels
    • Americium used in smoke alarms
    • Uranium nitrate compound used in photographic toners
  • 13.  
  • 14. BORON Group B Al Ga In Tl
    • All form 3+ ions
    • Al is most important; 3 rd most abundant element in Earth’s crust
    • Most Al occurs in ores and compounds in nature; has to be extracted
    • Al has low density, but when alloyed with other metals is quite strong and does not corrode
    • Many commercial uses
    • Boron used for heat resistant glass and eye disinfectant
    • Ga used in cell phones
  • 15. Bauxite: Aluminum ore
  • 16. NITROGEN Group N P As Sb Bi
    • N and P are non-metal; As and SB are semi-metals and Bi is a metal
    • N makes up approx 80% earth’s atmosphere
    • N a gas at STP
    • P compounds with O very important; phosphoric acid
    • As used shotgun pellets and metal mirrors
    • Sb used as a solder and ceramic glazes
    • Bi used as an antacid
  • 17. CARBON Group C Si Ge Sn Pb
    • Carbon is a non-metal; Si and Ge are semi-metals and Sn and Pb are metals
    • Carbon widely distributed throughout the Earth’s crust
    • Compounds of C and H are called hydrocarbons; fuels
    • Compounds of C called “organic”
    • CO 2 byproduct of human respiration and necessary for plant growth
    • Si 2 nd most abundant element in Earth’s crust; sand
    • Si also major component of sand
  • 18. CARBON Group (con’t) C Si Ge Sn Pb
    • Si and Ge are semi-metals; semi-conductors; used to make transistors, solar cells and computer chips
    • Sn and Pb very common and used for hundreds of years
    • Sn used to coat steel cans
    • Pb used in pipes and car batteries
    • Compounds containing lead ions have been linked to cancer, so not used as much any more
  • 19. OXYGEN GROUP O S Se Te Po
    • Oxygen most abundant element on earth
    • The largest source of elemental oxygen is atmosphere
    • Oxygen also found in compounds called oxides
    • Elemental oxygen exists as both O 2 and O 3 (ozone). Ozone has strong, irritating odor and is considered a pollutant. It attacks structural materials and plant/animal tissue.
    • Ozone absorbs high energy UV radiation from sun
  • 20. OXYGEN GROUP O S Se Te Po
    • Sulfur occurs pure in nature-known as brimstone
    • Also occurs in compounds such as FeS 2 known as “fools gold”
    • Many sulfur compounds have unpleasant odor. Sulfur compound added to natural gas to detect leaks
    • Largest use of sulfur is production of Sulfuric acid. Sulfuric acid has many uses, most commonly lead storage batteries
    • Selenium copies used in photocopiers
    • Polonium used in radioactive power
  • 21. Halogens F Cl Br I At
    • Name Halogen comes from Greek for “Salt Former”; reaction of most metals with halogens form salts
    • Highly reactive with metals and most non metals
    • Do not occur as free elements in nature
    • F very corrosive gas; most reactive of all non-metals
    • Cl most industrially used
    • At is very rare; all isotopes are radioactive
  • 22. NOBLE GASES He Ne Ar Kr Xe
    • Mostly non-reactive
    • Ar most abundant; 1% of Earth’s atmosphere
    • Discovered after many of other elements because they do not form compounds
    • Some Xe compounds have been formed, but they are not very stable
    Rn
  • 23. HYDROGEN H
    • Typically shown listed with Group 1 but actually a non-metal, colorless, odorless gas
    • So light it escapes the gravitational pull of the earth, so rare in atmosphere
    • Most of Earth’s hydrogen found combined with oxygen in water
    • Also frequently combined with carbon. Hyrocarbons-class of compounds containing hydrogen and carbon. All fuels are hydrocarbon (coal, petroleum, natural gas) as well as plants and animals. (Term “Fossil Fuels” refers to petroleum that is broken down dinosaurs)
  • 24.
    • 9 th most abundant element on Earth’s surface. (Crust, water, atmosphere)
    • Most abundant element in universe
    • Elemental hydrogen obtained commercially from hydrocarbons
    • Largest commercial use is in manufacture of ammonia (NH 3 ) which is used in fertilizers
    • Also used to prepare organic compounds like Methanol and Ethanol. Methanol is used as a fuel in race cars. Ethanol is currently used as a fuel in some corn producing states.
    • Currently investigating using H fuel cells to power cars
    H