Copper is a metal that does not react with water or steam. This means it is a good metal for water pipes.

# Reactions, Equations and Formulae 01

This KS3 Science quiz takes a look at reactions, equations and formulae. When atoms of two or more elements join together, a chemical reaction has taken place. It is also possible to get elements and compounds to react with each other too, for example a metal and an acid. In that case, the atoms are rearranged during the reaction and new substances are formed. When you are writing down a chemical equation the substances on the left hand side are what you started with. Those on the right hand side will be different and they are what you end up with. We call the starting materials reactants (reagents means the same) and the finishing materials are the products.

Some people find writing chemical formulae a mystery. Others find it easy. A formula is a short way of writing down what atoms are present in an element or compound.

Writing down the symbol of an element means there is one atom of the element there. Writing down the symbol of an element with a small number after it tells you how many atoms of the element there are. So writing down the symbol Fe means 'here is one atom of the element iron' and O2 means 'here we have two atoms of the element oxygen chemically joined together'. Which would you prefer to write down - the longhand or the shorthand?

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1. The formula for copper nitrate is Cu(NO3)2. This means it contains:
Did you remember to multply everything inside the brackets by two?
2. Which of the following metals is the most reactive with acids?
When a metal reacts with dilute acids, hydrogen is produced
3. In the following reaction which are the products Mg + 2HCl → H2 + MgCl2?
Metal plus acid gives hydrogen and a salt
4. 2H2SO4 means 2 molecules of sulphuric acid. They contain:
Each molecule contains 2 hydrogen atoms, 1 sulphur atom, 4 oxygen atoms but the '2' in front of the formula means that there are two molecules so you need to double everything to get the right answer
5. When zinc carbonate reacts with dilute hydrochloric acid the products are:
A carbonate + dilute acid always produces a salt + carbon dioxide + water
6. The formula for calcium hydroxide is Ca(OH)2. This means it contains:
Multiply everything inside the bracket by the number outside - just the same as you would do in maths
7. Which of the following metals do NOT react with water or steam?
Copper is low in the reactivity series
8. The formula for potassium nitrate is KNO3. This means it contains:
There are no small numbers written down after the symbols for potassium and nitrogen therefore there is only one atom of each of these elements. That immediately rules out the other three options as being the correct answer
9. Which of the following is the correct balanced equation for the reaction between copper with oxygen from the air?
There should be exactly the same number of each atom on both sides of an equation otherwise it has not been written down correctly AND all the formulae should be correct. Answer 3 looks correct, but the formula for oxygen from the air is O2 and not O
10. During a chemical reaction new substances are formed from old ones. Which of the following is NOT ALWAYS true?
Most chemical changes are not reversible under normal conditions

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