Bonding and Structure

128. (Liquid crystals, phase changes) How many hydrogen atoms are present in the structure of the liquid crystal shown below?

13, 17, 21

Which part of the molecule is more rigid?

left box, right box

Schematically, the solid liquid crystal has molecules aligned in a repeating pattern. In the liquid, order is lost. In the liquid crystal, there is still orientational order. Phase transitions are observed at 21 and 45 degrees C.

In which region would the liquid crystal be the stable phase?

A, B, C

136. (Coordination chemistry) At-Seat Demonstration: Octahedral models and rubber bands are distributed, and the rubber bands represent bidentate ligands. The formula for an octahedral complex with one bidentate ethylenediamine (en) ligand is Ni(en)(H2O)x with x =?

2, 4, 6

140. (Dipole moments, polarity) Which of the following normal stretching modes for the carbon dioxide molecule will cause a change in dipole moment and thus allow the molecule to absorb infrared radiation?

A, B, C

145. (Chirality) In experiment A the d optical isomer of a chiral anion is added to equal concentrations of the d and l isomers of a chiral cation. Only the d isomer of the chiral cation precipitates out in the salt. If in experiment B, the l isomer of the chiral anion is added, which of the cations will precipitate out?

d isomer, l isomer, both

Demonstration: Use gloves and hands to show the mirror-image relationship:

151. (Acids and bases, Lewis dot structure) Are more bonds needed to complete the Lewis dot structure of acetic acid?

yes, no

155. (Density, equilibrium) Demonstration: In beaker A, an ice cube of pure D2O is to be placed in pure liquid H2O. In beaker B, an ice cube of pure H2O is to be placed in pure liquid D2O. In which of the two beakers will the ice cube sink?

A, B

159. (Diffraction, optical transforms, layer sequences; Ch. 3 & 4 "Companion" Experiment 4) When looking down onto a face of the FCC and BCC cubic unit cells, the two arrangements of atoms shown below are seen by superimposing layer sequences. Which corresponds to the FCC structure?

A, B

Which X-ray diffraction pattern corresponds to the FCC structure?

A, B

183. It has been predicted that if we could put the element hydrogen, normally an invisible gas of diatomic molecules at room temperature and pressure, under sufficiently high pressure - millions of atmospheres - it can become a metal!

Which of the above three band diagrams represents solid hydrogen?

A, B, C

To conduct the experiment, the gas is compressed in a so-called anvil. The anvil must be made of a material that is 1) strong enough to withstand high pressures and 2) transparent, so that the sample can be viewed while it is being squeezed. Which of the following materials is the best choice for the anvil material?

diamond, NaCl, graphite

If you could conduct a diffraction experiment on the hydrogen sample while it was being squeezed, what do you predict would happen to the spacing between diffraction spots as the atoms are placed under increasing pressure?

the spacing would increase
the spacing would decrease
the spacing would stay the same

196. How many chiral carbon centers are in the following molecule?

0, 1, 2, 3

219. (Companion, Ch. 2) Dipoles can also occur in the solid state. If positive and negative charges are distributed around a regular hexagon, as shown in Figure A, is there a net dipole moment?

yes, no

If the hexagon is compressed in the vertical direction, as shown in Figure B, is there a net dipole moment?

yes, no

225. The unstable fulminate ion (CNO-) has two possible resonance structures. Based on formal charge considerations, which is the better structure?

A, B

226. In the organic molecule diagrammed below which carbon uses trigonal planar geometry (or sp2 hybrid orbitals) in the bonding?

1, 2, 3

236. Dissecting a Polymerization Reaction


Polyethylene is formed when the molecule ethylene is polymerized. Approximately how many C-C single bonds are formed from n molecules of ethylene? [The instructor may want to draw approximately half a dozen H2C=CH2 molecules in a line, sketch electron movement with arrows, and draw the resulting alkane to help students visualize this process.]






For the net reaction

nC2H4(g) ---> -[CH2-CH2]-n(s)


What is the sign of S?





Given that a mole of C=C double bonds is worth approximately 600 kJ/mol and a mole of C-C single bonds is worth approximately 350 kJ/mol, what is the sign of H?






Does H or S drive this reaction?




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