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Conditions required in Chemical Reaction

Chemical reactions vary with time. Some chemical reactions take place in a very rapid way as soon as they are mixed with reactants while some may take a long time that we feel there is no any reaction taking place. The knowledge of chemical reaction is important in the view of industries as some reactions need to be accelerated while some need to be slow down. The change in the concentration of any one of the reactants per unit time that is needed to complete the reaction is said to be the rate of chemical reaction. There are various factors that affect the rate of chemical reaction. Some of the major conditions or factors are:

  1. Surface Area
    The rate of chemical reaction is slow if the surface area of the reactants is small as there is less chance to contact between the reactants. On the other hand, when the surface area is big, the rate of chemical reaction increases. So, in order to increase the reaction rate, the surface area of the reactants should be larger.
    Example:
    When large-sized granulated zinc is treated with dilute hydrochloric acid, they react together rapidly and form hydrogen gas and zinc chloride.
    Zn + dil. 2HCL → ZnCl2 + H2

  2. Catalyst
    A catalyst is a substance that changes the speed of a chemical reaction without undergoing any changes.
    Example:
    Manganese dioxide (MnO2) acts as a catalyst in the decomposition of potassium chlorate on heating at low temperature. At the end of the chemical reaction, the amount of catalyst remains similar to that of the beginning.
    2KClO3 \(\xrightarrow{MnO_2/ 240^oC}\) 2KCl + 3O2

  3. Pressure
    Some chemical reaction takes place only by applying the pressure. The certain amount of pressure is necessary for them to conduct the reaction.
    Example:
    When sulphur and potassium chlorate are mixed together and placed under high pressure, they explode loudly. Similarly, nitrogen reacts with hydrogen under high pressure to give ammonia gas.
    \(\overset{N2}{(1 vol)} + \overset{3H2}{(3 vol)} \xrightarrow[500^oC, Fe\:and\:Mo]{200-900atm} \overset{2NH3}{(2 vols)}\)
     
  4. Heat
    There are various reactions that take place only under the certain temperature. When heat is supplied to the reactants they go under reaction as heat also increases the rate for the chemical reaction.
    Example:
    There is a reaction between copper and sulphuric acid on heating that produces SO2.
    Cu  + Conc. 2H2SO4 \(\xrightarrow {\Delta}\) CuSO4 + 2H2O

  5. Light
    Light is also one of the factors that stimulate the rate of reaction. There are some reactions that undergo only in the presence of light.
    Example:
    Hydrogen reacts violently with chlorine in the presence of diffused sunlight to produce hydrogen chloride.
    H2 + Cl2 \(\xrightarrow {sunlight}\) 2HCl
    In the presence of sunlight, green plants manufacture food in the form of glucose using carbon dioxide and water as raw material.
                    6H­2O + 6CO2 \(\xrightarrow[Chlorophyll]{Sunlight}\) C6H12O6 + 6O2

Catalyst

A chemical substance that changes the rate of chemical reaction without undergoing any permanent changes during the course of the chemical reaction is said to be a catalyst. The process through which a catalyst changes the rate of chemical reaction is said to be catalysis. Catalyst either increases or decreases the rate of chemical reaction. Catalysts are of two types: Positive Catalyst and Negative Catalyst.

Positive catalyst is defined as the catalyst which increases the rate of chemical reaction. For example: Manganese dioxide (MnO2), a positive catalyst increases the rate of decomposition of hydrogen peroxide.

                2H2O2 \(\xrightarrow {MnO_2}\) 2H2O + O2

Negative catalyst is defined as the catalyst which decreases the rate of chemical reaction. For example: Glycerin [C3H5(OH)3],  a negative catalyst that decreases the rate of decomposition of hydrogen peroxide into water and oxygen.

                2H2O2 \(\xrightarrow {C­_3H_5(OH)_3}\) 2H­2O + O2

Properties of Catalyst

  1. Catalyst does not change in its mass and chemical composition during the chemical reaction.
  2. Catalyst can be in a small quantity.
  3. Catalyst changes the rate of chemical reaction but does not initiate the chemical reaction.

Endothermic Reaction and Exothermic Reaction

Endothermic reaction is the reaction in which heat energy present in the surrounding is absorbed. The compounds which are formed by the absorption of heat from the surrounding are called endothermic compounds. For example:

                CaCO3 + heat → CaO + CO2

                2KClO3 + heat → 2KCl + 3O2

                N2 + O2 + heat → 2NO (Nitric Oxide)

Exothermic reaction is the reaction in which heat energy is released in the surrounding. The compounds that are formed by exothermic reactions are said to be exothermic compounds. For Example:

                C(s) + O2(g) → CO2(g) + heat

                2H2(g) + O2(g) → 2H2O(l) + heat

                CaO(s) + H2O(l) → Ca(OH)2 (aq) slaked lime + large amount of heat

                Zn(s) + 2HCl(aq) → ZnCl2(aq) + H2(g) + heat

 

Word equation:

The chemical reaction which is expressed in terms of the word (name of reactants and products) is called word equation. For example:

Sodium + Chlorine \(\longrightarrow\) Sodium Chloride

Formula equation:

The chemical equation which is written in terms of symbols by writing their molecular formula is called formula equation. It is of two types:

  1. Skeletal equation: The formula equation in which the number of ions, radicals, atoms etc. in reactant and product side is not equal then it is called skeletal equation. It is also sometimes called unbalanced equation.

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    The above equation is skeletal equation as the number of one oxygen atom in reactant and product sides are not equal.
  2. Balanced equation: The formula equation in which the number of atoms, radicals, ions, etc is made equal in both reactant and product side is called a balanced equation. For example:
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    Above equation is now a balanced equation because the number of oxygen is made equal in both reactant and product by keeping the suitable number.

     

    Balancing a chemical equation

    An unbalanced chemical equation can be converted into a balanced equation by using the following steps:

    Step 1: Write the word equation.

    Potassium chlorate \( \overset{Heat}{\longrightarrow}\) Potassium chloride + oxygen

    Step 2: Convert the word equation into formula equation.

    KClO3\( \overset{\Delta}{\longrightarrow}\)KCl +O2

    Step 3: Count the number of atoms, ions, etc of the reactant and product and make them equal by using the suitable number in front of them.

    2KClO3 \( \overset{\Delta}{\longrightarrow}\) 2KCl +3O2

    Information conveyed by balanced chemical equations

    • It gives symbols, name and the molecular formula of the chemical substances involved as reactants and products.
    • It gives the relative number of atoms and molecules of reactants that take part in the chemical reaction.
    • It gives the relative number of atoms and molecules of products formed in the reaction.
    • It gives the ratio of masses of reactants and products.
    • It shows the type of chemical reaction.

    Limitations of balanced chemical equations

    • The physical states of reactants and products are not known.
    • The concentration of reactants and products, in the end, is not known.
    • The rate of chemical reaction and the time taken for its completion is not known.
    • The conditions under which chemical reaction takes place is not known.
    • Whether the heat is released or absorbed during the reaction is not known.
    • Some reactions may be explosive. It is not revealed by the chemical equation.
    • Whether the reaction is reversible or not.

  1. The chemical reaction which is expressed in terms of word (name of reactants and products) is called word equation.
  2. The chemical equation which is written in terms of symbols by writing their molecular formula is called formula equation.
  3. The formula equation in which the number of ions, radicals, atoms etc. in reactant and product side is not equal then it is called skeletal equation.
  4. Some of the major factors that play role in the chemical reaction are: surface area, catalyst, pressure, heat and light.
  5. The reaction in which heat energy is released during the chemical reaction is said to be an exothermic reaction.
  6. The reaction in which heat energy is absorbed from the surroundings is said to be an endothermic reaction.
  7. The chemical substance that alters the rate of chemical reaction is said to be catalyst.
  8. The catalyst that increases the rate of chemical reaction is positive catalyst.
  9. The catalyst that decreases the rate of chemical reaction is negative catalyst.
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Very Short Questions

The skeletal equation of the given word equation is given below,

Word equation: Potassium + Oxygen → Potassium oxide
Skeleton equation: K + O2  → K2O
Balanced equation: 4K + O2 → 2K2O

 The skeletal equation of the given word equation is given below,

Word equation: Nitrogen + Oxygen \( \overset{3000^oC}{\longrightarrow}\) Nitric Oxide 
Skeleton equation: N2 + O2 → NO
Balanced equation: N2 + O2 → 2NO

The skeletal equation of given world equation is given below,

Word Equation: Ethane + Oxygen \( \overset{heat}{\longrightarrow}\) Carbon dioxide + Water
Skeleton Equation: C6H6 + O2  \( \overset{\Delta}{\longrightarrow}\) CO2 + H2
Balanced Equation:  2C6H6 + 7O2  \( \overset{\Delta}{\longrightarrow}\) 4CO2 + 6H2

The skeletal equation of given world equation is given below,

Word Equation: Silver nitrate + Sodium chloride → Silver chloride + Sodium nitrate
Skeleton Equation: AgNO3  + NaCl → AgCl + NaNO3
Balanced Equation:  AgNO3  + NaCl → AgCl + NaNO3

The skeletal equation of given world equation is given below,

Word Equation: Zinc + Hydrochloric acid →Zinc chloride + Hydrogen
Skeleton Equation: Zn(s) +  HCl(aq) → ZnCl2(aq) + H2(g)
Balanced Equation:  Zn(s) +  2HCl(aq) → ZnCl2(aq) + H2(g)

The skeletal equation of the given word equation is given below,

Word equation: Calcium carbonate  \( \overset{\Delta}{\longrightarrow}\) Calcium oxide + Carbon dioxide
Skeleton equation: CaCO3  \( \overset{\Delta}{\longrightarrow}\) CaO + CO2
Balanced equation: CaCO3  \( \overset{\Delta}{\longrightarrow}\) CaO + CO2

The skeletal equation of the given word equation is given below,

Word equation:  Copper nitrate + Nitrogen dioxide + water.
Skeleton equation: Cu + HNO3 → Cu(NO3)2 + NO2 + H2O
Balanced equation: Cu + 4HNO3 → Cu(NO3)2 + 2NO2 + 2H2O

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  • How many types of formula equation are there?

    3
    2
    5

  • The chemical reaction which is expressed in terms of the word (name of reactants and products) is called

    Formula Equation
    Sentence Equation
    Balanced Equation
    Word Equation
  • What is the balanced chemical equation for Na + Cl2 → NaCl?

    Na + Cl2 → NaCl
    3Na + Cl2 → 2NaCl
    2Na + Cl2 → 2NaCl
    3Na + Cl2 → 3NaCl
  • What is the balanced chemical equation for NH4Cl + Ca(OH)2 →  CaCl2 + NH3 + H2O ?

    2NH4Cl + Ca(OH)2 →  CaCl2 + 2NH3 + 2H2O
    NH4Cl + 2Ca(OH)2 →  CaCl2 + NH3 + 2H2O
    3NH4Cl + Ca(OH)2 →  2CaCl2 + 3NH3 + H2O
    2NH4Cl + Ca(OH)2 →  2CaCl2 + NH3 + 2H2O
  • What is the balanced chemical equation for Zn(s) + HCl(aq) → ZnCl2(aq) + H2(g) ?

    2Zn(s) + 3HCl(aq) → 2ZnCl2(aq) + 1H2(g)
    Zn(s) + 2HCl(aq) → ZnCl2(aq) + H2(g)
    2Zn(s) + 2HCl(aq) → ZnCl2(aq) + H2(g)
    Zn(s) + 4HCl(aq) → 2ZnCl2(aq) + H2(g)
  • What is the balanced chemical equation for CaCO3  ( overset{heat}{longrightarrow})  CaO + CO2↑ ?

    3CaCO3  ( overset{heat}{longrightarrow})  2CaO + 2CO2
    2CaCO3  ( overset{heat}{longrightarrow})  2CaO + CO2
    CaCO3  ( overset{heat}{longrightarrow})  CaO + CO2
    2CaCO3  ( overset{heat}{longrightarrow})  CaO + 2CO2
  • What is the balanced chemical equation for Cu + HNO3 → Cu(NO3)2 + NO2 + H2O?

    2Cu + 2HNO3 → 2Cu(NO3)2 + 2NO2 + 2H2O
    Cu + 4HNO3 → Cu(NO3)2 + 2NO2 + 2H2O
    2Cu + 4HNO3 → 2Cu(NO3)2 + NO2 + 2H2O
    2Cu + 2HNO3 → 2Cu(NO3)2 + 2NO2 + H2O
  • The chemical equation which is written in terms of symbols and molecular formulae is called

    Word equation
    Symbolic equation
    Molecular equation
    Formula equation
  • What is the balanced chemical equation for H2 + O2 → H2O ?

    2H2 + O2 → 3H2O
    H2 + 2O2 → 2H2O
    6H2 + 3O2 → 6H2O
    2H2 + O2 → 2H2O
  • What is the balanced chemical equation for Na + H2O → NaOH + H?

    2Na + H2O → 2NaOH + 2H2
    4Na + H2O → 4NaOH + H2
    Na + 2H2O → 2NaOH + 2H2
    2Na + 2H2O → 2NaOH + H2
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