Chemical Resources

Oliver Wood
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AS Level Chemistry (C2: Chemical Resources) Mind Map on Chemical Resources, created by Oliver Wood on 02/04/2014.

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Chemical Resources
1 Structure of the Earth
1.1 Lithosphere, crust & top of mantle
1.2 Earth's core transfers energy
1.2.1 Deeper = Hotter
1.3 Plate tectonic theory
1.3.1 Pangea: Old supercontinent
1.3.2 Explains wide range of evidence e.g. 'Puzzle Piece' atlas
1.3.3 Wegener's continental drift theory (1914) not initially accepted.
1.4 Magma + Rocks:
1.4.1 Iron-rich Basalt: Runny lava
1.4.2 Silica-rich Rhyolite: Viscous lava Explosions!
2 Construction Materials
2.1 Hardness compared by rubbing rocks together
2.1.1 E.g. Granite > Marble > Limestone Granite Cooled Magma Igneous Interlocking Crystals Marble Metamorphic Limestone changed by heat+pressure Baked, therefore Marble>limestone Limestone Sedimentary - compressed and cemented sediment
2.2 Thermal Decomposition
2.2.1 One material heated --> 2+ new substances
2.2.2 Calcium Carbonate (Limestone): CACO3 --> CaO + CO2 (Limestone) --> (Calcium oxide + Carbon Diox.)
2.2.3 Cement = Limestone + Clay + HEAT Concrete = Cement + Sand/Stones + Water Reinforced concrete: Steel rods/mesh Composite material: Both distinguishable Concrete weak under tension Steel stops stretching/cracking
3 Metals + Alloys
3.1 Alloys
3.1.1 Mixtures containing 2+ metals
3.1.2 Amalgam (Mercury): Fillings
3.1.3 Brass (Copper + Zinc)
3.1.4 Solder (Lead + Tin)
3.1.5 Smart alloys - Retain shape when heated E.g. Glasses frames of Nititol (Nickel-Titanium)
3.2 Extracting Copper (Electrolysis)
3.2.1 Advantages: Low melting point, little energy Reduces mining Reduces copper cost
3.2.2 Disadvantages: Small amounts in electrical equipment Difficult to separate Pure and impure cannot be mixed (e.g. Solder) Fewer mining jobs May produce pollution
3.2.3 Pure Cathode (-) Gains mass Cu(2+) Ions + 2e- --> Cu atoms
3.2.4 Impure Anode (+) Loses mass Drops impurities Cu atoms --> Cu(2+) +2e-
4 Making Cars
4.1 Rusting
4.1.1 Iron and Steel rust: Other metals corrode
4.1.2 Acid rain + Salt water accelerate
4.1.3 Is Oxidation: Iron + Oxygen + Water --> Hydrated Iron (III) Oxide
4.2 Materials used:
4.2.1 Aluminium: lightweight, malleable, no corrosion
4.2.2 Iron/Steel: Malleable, strong
4.2.3 Plastics: No corrosion, cheap
4.3 Alloys - More useful properties than original metals
4.3.1 Steel stronger than iron
4.3.2 Steel less likely to corrode than iron
4.4 Lighter materials e.g. Aluminium:
4.4.1 Improve fuel economy
4.4.2 Less corrosion, will last
4.5 Recycling
4.5.1 Advantages: Less mining, less crude oil in plastics, less landfill
4.5.2 Disadvantages: Fewer mining jobs, difficult to separate, can pollute, expensive
4.5.3 Minimum Recyclable % laws in place
5 Manufacturing Chemicals
5.1 The Haber Process


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5.1.1 Optimum Conditions Iron Catalyst incr. rate of reaction (NOT percentage yield) High pressure incr. Ammonia yield High temperature incr. rate of reaction High temp. REDUCES Ammonia yield Optimum temp. 450'C Quick, low yield
5.2 Costs of Manufacture
5.2.1 High pressure = High plant costs
5.2.2 High temp = High energy costs
5.2.3 Catalysts increase reaction
5.2.4 Automation reduces wage costs (workers)
5.2.5 Aim for cheapest yield, not fastest/ largest
6 Acids + Bases
6.1 Bases
6.1.1 Metal oxides/hydroxides
6.1.2 Those soluble in water called ALKALIS Sodium hydroxide, calc. hydroxide
6.1.3 Alkalis contain OH- ions
6.2 Neutralisation
6.2.1 Acid + Base --> Salt + Water H+ (Acid) + OH- (Alkali) <---> H2O
6.3 Universal indicator is a mix of diff. indicators
6.3.1 Shows gradual changes
6.4 Acids
6.4.1 All contain H+ ions
6.4.2 Higher the H+ concentration, lower the pH
6.5 Salts
6.5.1 Acid + Metal carbonate --> Salt + Water + CO2
6.5.2 Two-part names: Sulfate, nitrate, chloride, phosphate
6.5.3 E.g: Hydrochloric acid + copper carbonate --> Copper chloride + water + carbon dioxide
7 Fertilisers + Crop Yields
7.1 Crops
7.1.1 Fertilisers must be dissolved in water for plant roots to absorb
7.1.2 Some dissolve easily, others designed for slow energy release
7.1.3 Yield increased by: Provide extra essential elements (Fertiliser) Provide nitrogen encorporated into plant protein Increased growth
7.2 Eutrophication
7.2.1 Excess fertiliser runoff causes algal bloom in river systems Sunlight blocked out Plants stop respiring Aerobic bacteria use all oxygen Fish die
7.2.2 Caused by nitrate / phosphate levels
7.3 Preparing Fertilisers
7.3.1 Most fertilisers are salts (Water is heavy to transport)
7.3.2 Step 1: Titrate alkali and acid using indicator to find neutral Step 2: Use these ratios to scale up alkali + acid Step 3: Boil off most water, leave to crystalise
8 Chemicals from the Sea
8.1 Mining / Subsidence
8.1.1 Rock salt mined from ground
8.1.2 Pump water underground, collect salt solution
8.1.3 Can cause subsidence - destroys land + homes
8.1.4 Leaking brine solution affects habitats
8.2 Electrolysis of Sodium Hydroxide solution
8.2.1 Brine can be separated using electrolysis.
8.2.2 Important the electrodes are INERT (Chlorine and Hyrdogen are highly reactive)
8.2.3 Equations: Ions not discharged make Sodium Hydroxide solution Na+ + OH- --> NaOH Chlorine OXIDISED at anode 2Cl- - 2e- --> Cl2 Hydrogen REDUCED at cathode 2H+ + 2e- --> H2
8.3 Chlor-Alkali industry
8.3.1 Chlorine and Sodium Hydroxide important raw materials Bleach Paints Solvents Plastics Foods
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