Chapters 1-3 Study Guide

By Alec Simonson

Lab Safety

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For Every Lab:

  • Goggles must be kept over your eyes until Mr. Leeds says to put them away.

**even if you are already finished and cleaned up.

  • Report all accidents to Mr. Leeds immediately.
  • Try to use your best common sense.

In Case of Emergency:

  • Nurse: ext: 2828

Safety equipment in classroom:

  • Fire extinguisher
  • Fire blanket
  • Eye wash/shower


  • Never taste chemicals (even if they look yummy!)
  • Always WAFT liquids to detect odor.
  • Avoid touching chemicals.
  • Always wash hands with soap and water after lab.
  • If chemicals touch skin: flush skin for one minute AND notify Mr. Leeds.


  • Hot glass and cold glass look the same.
  • Never use broken or chipped glass.
-tell Mr. Leeds and dispose of broken glass in proper trash.

  • Never use force to remove and insert glass.

Alcohol Burners:

  • Roll up sleeves, put UP long hair, NOT just pull back (or you cannot do lab).
  • Never walk away from a lit burner.
  • Never point the open end of a hot test tube at yourself or someone else.
  • Do not look down into a hot test tube/beaker while it is being heated.
  • Make sure burner is capped and flame is out when done.

End of Experiment:

  • Make certain that burner is out if one is used.
  • Keep goggles on (over eyes) until Mr. Leeds says to put them away.

Chapter 1

Reaction in a Bag

Scholar Reaction In The Bag Inquiry Demonstration and Lab Activity

Post Lab: Reaction in a Bag

Red Liquid: Phenol Red

  1. Used as a pH indicator
  • pH scale:
  • measure acidity
  • goes from 0-14
  • Acidic-Neutral-Alkaline
  • Lemon juice: 1.5
  • Tums: 10

Two Solids:

Solid A:

  1. Calcium Chloride (calcium + chloride)
  • acidic
  • hydrotropic: absorbs water (attracted to water)
  • Uses:
  • canned vegetables: keeps them from getting mushy
  • electrolytes in sports drinks
  • flavor pickes (salty flavor)

Solid B:

  1. Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda)
  • hydrotropic
  • non-acidic
  • Uses:
  • Cupcakes, cookies (baking)
  • toothpaste
  • laundry detergent

Heating Baking Soda

Lab 1.1 Heating Baking Soda

Post Lab: Heating Baking Soda

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  • Control group: unheated baking soda and tea.
  • Experimental group: heated baking soda and tea

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  • Indicator: Tea (shows us that the substances were different)
  • Variables: a category you try to measure.
  • Independent variable: cause a change in the dependent variable. Ex: temperature (heat).
  • Dependent variable: tea color (was dependent on temperature).
  • Control factors:
  1. Same type of tea.
  2. Same amount of baking soda.
  3. Same amount of tea.
  4. Same size test tube.

Experimental Errors:

  • Hole in the tubing->won't see gas fill the bottle.
  • Stopper not snug.
  • Not cleaning stirring rod->contaminate

Box Question #1 Page 5:

  1. Why do you think baking soda is used in baking?

When heated, it releases a gas. it helps the batter (dough) rise. Ex: bread, cookies, cupcakes.

1.2 Volume Notes

  • Unit of measurment: cm^3 (cubic centimeters)
  • Volume L*W*H (A*B*C)
  • Standard unit of length: meter (m)
  • 1 centimeter (1cm)= .01m
  • 100cm=1m
  • Unit cube->a small cube that is 1cm on each side (1*1*1)
  • one cubic centimeter: 1cm^3

Volume of Liquids

  1. Use a graduated cylinder to measure volume.
*Always check the intervals or scale units= millileters (mL) or cm^3.

  • 1mL=1cm^3

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Box Questions #3-8 p.8:

3. 50cm^3

4. The width and height are greater on box A.

5. 7cm^3.

6. a. 8

b. 27

c. (a. 8cm^3)(b. 27cm^3)

7. The second rectangular box.

8. They are equally spaced because as the surface increases, the depth increases.

Single Pan Balance Notes

  1. Check that the pan is always clean and dry.
  2. Always "zero" before each massing.
  3. Pull all riders to zero (left).
  4. Use adjustment knob if needed.
  5. Never switch pans.
  6. Pick up balance by red bar only.
  7. Don't zero balance when done.
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Box Questions #9-13 p.11-12:

9. a. 1.2-1.3cm and 3.7-3.8cm

b. 1.64cm, 2.53cm, 4.5cm

c. Because the measurement will be more accurate and because ruler B does have millimeters and ruler A does not.

10.(a) 0.1 and (b) 0.2

11.4.0cm^3 and 1.3cm^3

12.a. 12cm: 11.5-12.4cm

b. 12.0cm: 11.95-12.04cm

c. 12.000cm: 11.995-12.004cm

13. Lines are further apart because more depth due to lack of surface.

-easier to read

Measurement Lab

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Divisions of various graduated cylinders:

  • 10mL: 0.20
  • 25mL: 0.50
  • 50mL: 1.0
  • 100mL: 1.0


The masses of various objects:

  • Nickel: Mass: 4.950g
  • Binder Clip: Mass: 8.690g
  • Big Stopper: Mass: 12.140g
  • Small Stopper: Mass: 8.030g

Measuring Volume By The Displacement of Water

Experimental Errors

1. Sand sticks to the sides of the cylinder when you are pouring water in. (Volume of Sand & Water would be too low).

2. If you pour the water into the sand. Water sits on the top of the sand because the air spaces don't allow for water to filter down)

Extra Question

Why were the lab groups instructed to use different amount of dry soap? What was the purpose?

It doesn't matter how much dry sand you begin with. All groups have approximately 40%.

Box Questions #14-17

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14. C

15. See the chart below.

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a. Fill up a beaker with a liquid that doesn't let sugar dissolve (non water-based liquid)

b. Record volume.

c. Add sugar.

d. Record new volume and calculate.


a. Find the volume of a weight (Rock, etc.)

b. Fill cylinder to a known amount.

c. Use weight to submerge cork.

d. Record the new volume.

e. Subtract the volume of the weight to find the volume of the cork.

1.6 Mass Notes

  • Beqa: ancient standard mass used in Egypt.
  • Earliest balance in Egypt (approximately 7,000 years old)
  • Mass: stabdard unit g(grams).
  • 1 kilogram = 1,000 grams
  • 1 kilogram = 2.2 pounds (lbs).

Box Questions #18-21

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18. B


a) count, mass

b) count

c) mass

d) count

e) volume

f) mass/volume

g) count

h) volume

20. See chart below.

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21. My mass is 51.82 kilograms.

your weight/2.2

1.8: Sensitiviy of a Balance Lab

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Box Questions #23,26,27

23. 45/10000 is the sensitivity of the Balance.


average: 21.418333333...


a. No because they are all within 0.014 of each other.

b. No I do not think there is anything wrong with the balance because all measurements are within the sensitivity of the balance.

c. Take the average of all five numbers.

Post Lab

Penny Notes:

Before 1982:

  • 95% Copper
  • 5% Zinc

After 1982:

  • 2.5% Copper
  • 97.5% Zinc

1943: made of steel and zinc

  • copper was needed for shell casings (bullets)
  • A 1943 copper penny has sold for $82,500.

Sensitivity of the Balance:

  • The lightest mass that you can expect the balance to detect.
  • Also the margin of error when you mass something.

Review Questions #24-31, 34-37

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29. They are the same.


a. 5 X 4 X 6.5 = 130 cubes

b. 5 X 4 X 6.23 = 124.6 cubes

31. 24cm^3


Fuel/Gas (liquid): By volume because it is safer and there are less steps involved.

Coal (solid): By mass because it has air spaces in between the pieces of coal.

35.See chart below.

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a.10 X 10 X 10 = 1000 cm^3

b. 1cm^3 = 2.7g

2.7 X 1000



a. 1.0 X 2.0 X 25 = 50 cm^3

b. 950 g.

Chapter 2

2.1: The Mass of Dissolved Salt Post Lab

Experimental Errors:

  1. Not drying off the cap.
  2. Remove cap before the Mf which would cause spillage and leakage.
  3. If you did not shake the salt long enough.
  4. If the cap is not on tight enough which would cause spillage and leakage.
  5. If you spill some salt while pouring it into the bottle.

Box Questions #1-6 p. 29

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1. Teams 3 and 5 are right. Teams 1, 2, and 4 are wrong.

2. Because you would not know the the answer was positive or negative.

3. No, because they are dependent on the ΔM.

4. I could get it back by letting the salt evaporate. The mass would remain the same.

5. No, too small, much less than the sensitivity of a balance.


a. +1kg, -2kg

b. +4⁰C, -5⁰C

Histogram Rule

  • If what you are graphing falls on a line, you put it in the column to the right.
  • Interval: going from one line to the next line.
  • If a number is in an interval, it is between two lines.
  • By moving where the zero starts, it will change how the graph looks.

Box Questions #8-11

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a. yes

b. yes

c. yes

d. yes

e. no

f. no


a. -0.01 to -0.03 is the interval.

b. 5, 7, 10, 14


a. 0-.02

b. 3,4,6,8,9,16,17,18,19

c. 2,20


a. See histogram

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b. Because nobody in the lab got 0.005 as their change of mass.

c. Our graph is not better because unlike figure 2.3, our histogram did not condier the sensitivity of the balance.

2.4: The Mass of Ice and Water Post Lab

Experimental Errors:

  • After you melt the ice, condensation shows up on the outside of the bottle which adds to the mass and the Mf and affects the outcome of the lab.

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Condensation on the Bottle:

Comes from warm water vapor in the air (Humidity). When it touches the cool surface of the bottle, it turns from a gas to a liquid.

More Errors:

  1. Not wiping up condensation which adds mass.
  2. Shaking the bottle which would cause water to leak out.
  3. Bottle is wet during the Mi which is going to cause a loss in mass.
  4. The ice is not completely melted for the Mf.
  5. Remove the cap either during the Mi or the Mf which would cause a loss in mass.

2.5: Mass of Copper and Sulfur Post Lab

  1. Melting point of copper almost 1,100 degrees celcius (2,000⁰F)
  2. Melting point of sulfur: 112 degrees Celsius, 235 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. How to find Celsius: Subtract by 32 and Divide by 1.8.

Smoke: Yellow Smoke

  • Water that was in the sulfur turns into a water vapor (gas) and rises in a test tube.
  • When it cools, the sulfur liquid bonds to the copper and forms copper sulphite.

Experimental Errors:

  1. Cleaning the pan between the Mi and the Mf which would cause a loss in mass.
  2. A hole in the rubber sheet which would cause the gas to escape.
  3. If the reaction was not complete.
  4. If sulfur stuck to the sides of the test tube (does not react)
  5. If the rubber sheet was not sealed on the test tube which would cause gas to escape.

Box Questions #15-16 p. 38

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a. 2.956
b. Mi= 2.956
Mf= 2.902
c. ΔM/Mi=1.890
a. Yes

b. Repeat lab, look at class data.

2.6: Mass of a Gas Post Lab

Experimental Errors:

  1. Ring of water in the pan after the Mi which would cause a loss in mass.
  2. Is the cap is wet and the alka seltzer reacts during the Mi which would cause a loss in Mass.
  3. If the cap is not on tight enough or not closed quickly which would cause the gas to escape which would cause a loss in mass.
  4. If you touch the tablet after the Mi which would cause a loss in Mass.


Aspirine, citric acid, and sodium bicarbonate

pain flavor (baking soda)

(vitamin C) (gas and anti-acid)

2.7 Conservation of Mass

  • closed system: a space where nothing can enter or leave.
  • Law of Conservation of Mass: In a closed system mass will remain constant, regardless of the actions of the processes inside the closed system.

Box Questions p. 41, #17; p. 42 #19-23

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17. No because the beaker is not a closed system.

19. It depends on the enviornment.

  • On a planet (somewhere with gravity), yes.
  • No gravity, then no.

20. This is a law of nature because of the mixture of gas molecules and other etc. in the atmposphere.

Review Questions #21-23; p. 42

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a. Some water vapor could escape.

b. Condensation could form on the inside of the bottle.

22. Yes it would as long as it is a closed system.

23. It would stay the same because it is a closed system.

Chapter 3

Chapter 3 Vocabulary

  • Characteristic Properties- Properties that show differences between

substances. Examples: density, boiling point, solubility,

melting point.

  • Plateau- The flat portion of a graph. Indicates no change in the

dependent variable (y-axis.)

  • Phase Diagram- A graph that shows the changes in state of matter for

any substance. Represents physical changes in the


  • Barometer- Used to measure atmospheric air pressure. Contains a

column of mercury and a metric scale in a sealed container.

  • Barometric Pressure- air pressure generated by the atmosphere.

Density- Mass per unit volume of any substance. Unit of measure is


Characteristic Properities

property of an object: does not tell you what it is made of

property of a substance: this helps you identify what the object is made out of

Box Questions p. 44 #2

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a. object, object, object, substance, object

b. object, object, object, substance

c. object, object, substance, object

3.2: Mass and Volume Post Lab

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Blue dot Answers:

2. It would be 2 times the mass.

3. It would be 2 times the volume.

4. 2g

Experimental Errors:

  1. The cylinder is wet which would add mass.
  2. Mix up the long cylinders which would mean the masses and the volumes are all the same.

Mass and Volume Notes

  1. Objects that are made out of the same substance that will have the same volume, will have the same mass.
  2. The mass of an object will double if its volume doubles.
  3. Objects that have the same volume but are made out of different substances will not have the same mass.

Box Questions #3-5; p.46

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3. 1cm^3/3cm^3=2.7g/x

4. A

5. B


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Box Questions 6,7,8; pgs. 47-48

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a. Yes, more vehicles, more wheels.

b. No, because the number of wheels on each vehicle will not change.

c. Yes, because vehicles are categorized by the number of wheels.

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3.5: The Density of a Solid Post Lab

Experimental Errors:

  1. Paint chipping off of an object which would cause a loss in mass.
  2. Finding the volume of the rock before finding the mass.
  3. Measuring the same side of an object twice.

Box Questions #13-17; p.51

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a. Clean and zero balance.

b. Measure the length, width, and height of the block with a ruler

c. Mass the block

d. Divide M/V to get the density

16. Yes the volume has to be the same so the density will be the same.

17. No because different amounts of limestone would have different masses and the equations for the volume of a cone and the volume of a cube are different.

3.6: The Density of a Liquid Post Lab

Experimental Errors:

  1. Not rinsing the cylinder between substances.
  2. Does not remass the second cylinder (2nd liquid)
  3. If the outside of the graduated cylinder is wet during the first mass (empty)

magnesium sulfate: Epsom Salt

  • one liquid (liquid A) had a lot dissolved into it (greater density)
  • another liquid (liquid B) had not as much magnesium sulfate dissolved into it (lesser density).

Box Question #18; p. 52

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a. different liquids

b. same liquids

3.7: The Density of a Gas Post Lab

Experimental Errors:

  1. Spilling water when measuring the volume of the bottle.
  2. Not putting the foil back on the pan.
  3. Too big of an air bubble.
  4. Break tablet after Mi (touching).

Blue Dot Answers:

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1. Water is more dense than air.

2. Water represents what did not get pushed out by the gas.

3. ΔM is negative because the gas has left the tablet.

The Gas is Carbon Dioxide.

Box Questions #19,21,22; p.54

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19. No because density is a characteristic property (it depends on the type of gas).

21.No, the density of this gas is too small.


a. the volume of the gas would be less

b. the density would be larger

Extra Question

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Box Questions #23-27; pg. 56

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a. gas

b. solid

c. liquid/solid

d. liquid/solid

e. gas

24. 1kg=1000g

V= 1111.1cm^3

25. copper 178g, iron 156g


a. 39.5g/cm^3

b. 50g/cm^3

27. 39.88g