A Level Chemistry 2017 Paper 1 Question 1 Solution

In this video we want to discuss 2017 A Level H2 Chemistry Paper 1 Question 1.

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2017 A Level H2 Chemistry Paper 1 Qn 1 Question

Topic tested is on Mole Concept, in particular how to determine Relative Atomic Mass of an element from abundances of different isotopes.

Each element will have different isotopes with different relative abundances.

For example, chlorine has isotopes Cl-35 and Cl-37.

In the case of silicon, since the relative abundance of Si-28 is given to be 92.23%, we can then tabulate and figure out the relative abundances of the rest of the isotopes.

2017 A Level H2 Chemistry Paper 1 Qn 1 isotopic mass and abundance for silicon

The relative atomic mass is the weighted average mass of all the isotopes, taking into account the relative abundances of the isotopes.

The method to calculate relative atomic mass is very simple:

1. Multiply the isotopic mass of each isotope by its relative abundance (in percentages)

2. Add all these products for all the isotopes

3. Divide this sum by 100%

We then have an equation involving unknown abundance x and hence can solve for x.

2017 A Level H2 Chemistry Paper 1 Qn 1 relative atomic mass and abundance formula and calculation

We can then conclude that percentage abundance of Si-29 is 5.54% hence the answer to this question is C.

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Topic: Mole Concept, Physical Chemistry, A Level Chemistry, Singapore

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