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1.     (i) B to Tl

The electric configuration of group 13 elements is ns2 np2. Therefore, the most common oxidation state exhibited by them should be +3. However, it is only boron and aluminium which practically show the +3 oxidation state. The remaining elements, i.e., Ga, In, Tl, show both the +1 and +3 oxidation states. On moving down the group, the +1 state becomes more stable. For example, Tl (+1) is more stable than Tl (+3). This is because of the inert pair effect. The two electrons present in the s-shell are strongly attracted by the nucleus and do not participate in bonding. This inert pair effect becomes more and more prominent on moving down the group. Hence, Ga (+1) is unstable, In (+1) is fairly stable, and Tl (+1) is very stable.

The stability of the +3 oxidation state decreases on moving down the group.

(ii) C to Pb

The electronic configuration of group 14 elements is ns2 np2. Therefore, the most common oxidation state exhibited by them should be +4. However, the +2 oxidation state becomes more and more common on moving down the group. C and Si mostly show the +4 state. On moving down the group, the higher oxidation state becomes less stable. This is because of the inert pair effect. Thus, although Ge, Sn, and Pb show both the +2 and + 4 states, the stability of the lower oxidation state increases and that of the higher oxidation state decreases on moving down the group.

2.    Boron and thallium belong to group 13 of the periodic table. In this group, the +1 oxidation state becomes more stable on moving down the group. BCl3 is more stable than TlCl3 because the +3 oxidation state of B is more stable than the +3 oxidation state of Tl. In Tl, the +3 state is highly oxidising and it reverts back to the more stable +1 state.

3.    The electric configuration of boron is ns2 np1. It has three electrons in its valence shell. Thus, it can form only three covalent bonds. This means that there are only six electrons around boron and its octet remains incomplete. When one atom of boron combines with three fluorine atoms, its octet remains incomplete. Hence, boron trifluoride remains electron-deficient and it can attract a pair of electron.  Hence it acts as a Lewis acid.

4.    Being a Lewis acid, BCl3 readily undergoes hydrolysi Boric acid is formed as a result.

BCl3 + 3H2O → 3HCl + B(OH)3

CCl4 completely resists hydrolysis. Carbon does not have any vacant orbital. Hence, it cannot accept electrons from water to form an intermediate. When CCland water are mixed, they form separate layers.

CCl+ H2O → No reaction.

5.    Boric acid is not a protic acid. A Protic acid will liberate H+ in the aqueous solution from its own structure. But boric acid is a weak monobasic acid, behaving as a Lewis acid.

B(OH)3 + 2HOH → [B(OH)4] + H3O+

It behaves as an acid by accepting a pair of electrons from OH ion.

6.    On heating orthoboric acid (H3BO3) at 370 K or above, it changes to metaboric acid (HBO2). On further heating, this yields boric oxide B2O3.

7.     (i) BF3

As a result of its small size and high electronegativity, boron tends to form monomeric covalent halides. These halides have a planar triangular geometry. This triangular shape is formed by the overlap of three sp2 hybridised orbitals of boron with the sp orbitals of three halogen atoms. Boron is sp2 hybridised in BF3.

(ii) BH4

Boron-hydride ion (BH4) is formed by the sp3 hybridisation of boron orbitals. Therefore, it is tetrahedral in structure.

8.    A substance is called amphoteric if it displays characteristics of both acids and bases. Aluminium dissolves in both acids and bases, showing amphoteric behaviour.

(i) 2Al(s) + 6HCl(aq) → 2Al3+(aq) + 6Cl(aq) + 3H2(g)

(ii) 2Al(s) + 2NaOH(aq) + 6H2O(l) → 2Na+ [Al(OH)4](aq) + 3H2(g)

9.    In an electron-deficient compound, the octet of electrons is not complete, i.e., the central metal atom has less than eight electrons around it. Therefore, it needs electrons to complete its octet.

(i) BCl3

BCl3 is an appropriate example of an electron-deficient compound. B has 3 valence electrons. After forming three covalent bonds with chlorine, the number of electrons around it increases to 6. However, it is still short of two electrons to complete its octet.

(ii) SiCl4

The electronic configuration of silicon is ns2 np2. This indicates that it has four valence electrons. After it form four covalent bonds with four chlorine atoms, its electron count increases to eight. Thus, SiCl4 is not an electron-deficient compound.

10.   (a) CO32- s

There are only two resonating structures for the bicarbonate ion.

11.   The state of hybridisation of carbon in:

(a) CO32-

C in CO32- is sp2 hybridised and is bonded to three oxygen atoms.

(b) Diamond

Each carbon in diamond is sp2 hybridised and is bound with four other carbon atoms.

(c) Graphite

Each carbon atom in graphite is sp2 hybridised and is bound with three other carbon atoms.

12.   Diamond

It has a crystalline lattice.

In diamond, each carbon atom is sp3 hybridised and is bonded to four other carbon atoms through a σ bond.

It is made up of tetrahedral units.

The C-C bond length in diamond is 154 pm.

It has a rigid covalent bond network which is difficult to break.

It acts as an electrical insulator.

Graphite

It has a layered structure.

In graphite, each carbon atom is sp2 hybridised and is bonded to three other carbon atoms through a σ bond. The fourth electron forms a it bond.

It has a planar geometry.

The C-C bond length in graphite is 141.5 pm.

It is quite soft and its layers can be separated easily.

It is a good conductor of electricity.

13.   (a) Lead belongs to group 14 of the periodic table. The two oxidation states displayed by this group is +2 and +4. On moving down the group, the +2 oxidation state becomes more stable and the +4 oxidation state becomes less stable. This is because of the inert pair effect. Hence, PbCl4 is much less stable than PbCl2. However, the formation of PbCl4 takes place when chlorine gas is bubbled through a saturated solution of PbCl2.

PbCl2 + Cl2(g)  → PbCl4(l)

(b) On moving down group IV, the higher oxidation state becomes unstable because of the inert pair eff Pb(IV) is highly unstable and when heated, it reduces to Pb(II).

(c) Lead is known not to form PbI4. Pb (+4) is oxidising in nature and I-is reducing in A combination of Pb(IV) and iodide ion is not stable. Iodide ion is strongly reducing in nature. Pb(IV) oxidises I to I2 and itself gets reduced to Pb(II).

PbI4 → PbI2 + I2

14.   The B-F bond length in BF3 is shorter than the B-F bond length in BF4. BF3 is an electron-deficient species. With a vacant p-orbital on boron, the fluorine and boron atoms undergo pπ – pπ back-bonding to remove this deficiency. This imparts a double-bond character to the B-F bond.

This double-bond character causes the bond length to shorten in BF3 (130 pm). However, when BF3 coordinates with the fluoride ion, a change in hybridisation from sp2 (in BF3) to sp3 (in BF4) occurs. Boron now forms 4 σ bonds and the double-bond character is lost. This accounts for a B-F bond length of 143 pm in ion.

15.   As a result of the difference in the electronegativities of B and Cl, the B-Cl bond is polar in nature. However, the BCl3 molecule is non-polar. This is because BCl3 is trigonal planar in shape. It is a symmetrical molecule. Hence, the respective dipole-moments of the B-Cl bond cancel each other, thereby causing a zero-dipole moment.

16.   Hydrogen fluoride (HF) is a covalent compound and has a very strong intermolecular hydrogen-bonding. Thus, it does not provide ions and aluminium trifluoride (AlF3) does not dissolve in it. Sodium fluoride (NaF) is an ionic compound and when it is added to the mixture, AlF3 dissolves. This is because of the availability of free F. The reaction involved in the process is:

When boron trifluoride (BF3) is added to the solution, aluminium fluoride precipitates out of the solution. This happens because the tendency of boron to form complexes is much more than that of aluminium. Therefore, when AlF3 is added to the solution, B replaces Al from the complexes according to the following reaction:

Na3 [AIF6] + 3BF3 → 3Na [BF4] + AIF3

17.   Carbon monoxide is highly-poisonous because of its ability to form a complex with haemoglobin. The CO-Hb complex is more stable than the O2-Hb complex. The former prevents Hb from binding with oxygen. Thus, a person dies because of suffocation on not receiving oxygen. It is found that the CO-Hb complex is about 300 times more stable than the O2-Hb complex.

18.   Carbon dioxide is a very essential gas for our survival. However, an increased content of CO2 in the atmosphere poses a serious threat. An increment in the combustion of fossil fuels, decomposition of limestone, and a decrease in the number of trees has led to greater levels of carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide has the property of trapping the heat provided by sunrays. Higher the level of carbon dioxide, higher is the amount of heat trapped. This results in an increase in the atmospheric temperature, thereby causing global warming.

19.   (a) Diborane

B2H6 is an electron-deficient compound. B2H6 has only 12 electrons – 6 e-from 6 H atoms. X-ray diffraction studies have shown the structure of diborane as:

2 boron and 4 terminal hydrogen atoms (Ht) lie in one plane, while the other two bridging hydrogen atoms (Hb) lie in a plane perpendicular to the plane of boron atoms. Again, of the two bridging hydrogen atoms, one H atom lies above the plane and the other lies below the plane. The terminal bonds are regular two-centre two-electron (2c – 2e-) bonds, while the two bridging (B-H-B) bonds are three-centre two-electron (3c – 2e-) bonds.

(b) Boric acid

Boric acid has a layered structure. Each planar BO3 unit is linked to one another through H atoms. The H atoms form a covalent bond with a BO3 unit, while a hydrogen bond is formed with another BO3 unit. In the given figure, the dotted lines represent hydrogen bonds.

20.   (a) When heated, borax undergoes various transitions. It first loses water molecules and swells. Then, it turns into a transparent liquid, solidifying to form a glass-like material called borax bead.

(b) When boric acid is added to water, it accepts electrons from OH ion

(c) Al reacts with dilute NaOH to form sodium tetrahydroxoaluminate(III). Hydrogen gas is liberated in the process.

(d) BF3 (a Lewis acid) reacts with NH3 (a Lewis base) to form an adduct. This results in a complete octet around B in BF3.

21.   (a) When silicon reacts with methyl chloride in the presence of copper (catalyst) and at a temperature of about 537 K, a class of organosilicon polymers called methyl-substituted chlorosilanes (MeSiCl3, Me2SiCl2, Me3SiCl and Me4Si) are formed.

(b) When silicon dioxide (SiO2) is heated with hydrogen fluoride (HF), it forms silicon tetrafluoride (SiF4). Usually, the Si-O bond is a strong bond and it resists any attack by halogens and most acids, even at a high temperature. However, it is attacked by HF.

The SiFformed in this reaction can further react with HF to form hydrofluorosilicic acid.

(c) When CO reacts with ZnO, it reduces ZnO to Z CO acts as a reducing agent.

(d) When hydrated alumina is added to sodium hydroxide, the former dissolves in the latter because of the formation of sodium meta-alumi

22.   (i) Concentrated HNO3 can be stored and transported in aluminium containers as it reacts with aluminium to form a thin protective oxide layer on the aluminium surface. This oxide layer renders aluminium passive.

2Al + 6HNO3 → Al2O3 + 6NO2 + 3H4O

(ii) Sodium hydroxide and aluminium react to form sodium tetrahydroxoaluminate (III) and hydrogen gas. The pressure of the produced hydrogen gas is used to open blocked drains.

2Al + 2NaOH + 6H2O → 2Na+ [Al(OH)4] + 3H2

(iii) Graphite has a layered structure and different layers of graphite are bonded to each other by weak van der Waals’ forces. These layers can slide over each Graphite is soft and slippery. Therefore, graphite can be used as a lubricant.

(iv) In diamond, carbon is sp3 hybridised. Each carbon atom is bonded to four other carbon atoms with the help of strong covalent bonds. These covalent bonds are present throughout the surface, giving it a very rigid 3-D structure. It is very difficult to break this extended covalent bonding and for this reason, diamond is the hardest substance known. Thus, it is used as an abrasive and for cutting tools.

(v) Aluminium has a high tensile strength and is very light in weight. It can also be alloyed with various metals such as Cu, Mn, Mg, Si, and Zn. It is very malleable and ductile. Therefore, it is used in making aircraft bodies.

(vi) The oxygen present in water reacts with aluminium to form a thin layer of aluminium oxide. This layer prevents aluminium from further reaction. However, when water is kept in an aluminium vessel for long periods of time, some amount of aluminium oxide may dissolve in water. As aluminium ions are harmful, water should not be stored in aluminium vessels overnight.

(vii) Silver, copper, and aluminium are among the best conductors of electricity. Silver is an expensive metal and silver wires are very expensive. Copper is quite expensive and is also very heavy. Aluminium is a very ductile metal. Thus, aluminium is used in making wires for electrical conduction.

23.   Ionisation enthalpy of carbon (the first element of group 14) is very high (1086 kJ/mol). This is expected owing to its small size. However, on moving down the group to silicon, there is a sharp decrease in the enthalpy (786 kJ). This is because of an appreciable increase in the atomic sizes of elements on moving down the group.

24.   Atomic radius (in pm)

Aluminium – 143

Gallium – 135

Although Ga has one shell more than Al, its size is lesser than Al. This is because of the poor shielding effect of the 3d-electrons. The shielding effect of d-electrons is very poor and the effective nuclear charge experienced by the valence electrons in gallium is much more than it is in the case of Al.

25.   Allotropy is the existence of an element in more than one form, having the same chemical properties but different physical properties. The various forms of an element are called allotropes.

Diamond:

The rigid 3-D structure of diamond makes it a very hard substance. In fact, diamond is one of the hardest naturally-occurring substances. It is used as an abrasive and for cutting tools.

Graphite:

It has sp2 hybridised carbon, arranged in the form of layers. These layers are held together by weak van der Walls’ forces. These layers can slide over each other, making graphite soft and slippery. Therefore, it is used as a lubricant.

26.   (1) CO = Neutral

(2) B2O3 = Acidic

Being acidic, it reacts with bases to form salts. It reacts with NaOH to form sodium metaborate.

B2O3 + 2NaOH → 2NaBO2 + H2O

(3) SiO2 = Acidic

Being acidic, it reacts with bases to form salts. It reacts with NaOH to form sodium silicate.

SiO2 + 2NaOH → 2Na2SiO3 + H2O

(4) CO2 = Acidic

Being acidic, it reacts with bases to form salts. It reacts with NaOH to form sodium carbonate.

CO2 + 2NaOH → Na2CO3 + H2O

(5) Al2O3 = Amphoteric

Amphoteric substances react with both acids and bases. Al2O3 reacts with both NaOH and H2SO4

Al2O3 + 2NaOH → 2NaAlO2 + H2O

Al2O+ 3H2SO4 → Al2(SO4)3 + 3H2O

(6) PbO2 = Amphoteric

Amphoteric substances react with both acids and bases. PbOreacts with both NaOH and H2SO4

PbO2 + 2NaOH → Na2PbO3 + H2O

2PbO2 + 2H2SO4 → 2PbSO4 + 2H2O + O2

(7) Tl2O3 = Basic

Being basic, it reacts with acids to form salts. It reacts with HCl to form thallium chloride.

Tl2O3 + 6HCl → 2TlCl3 + 3H2O

27.    Thallium belongs to group 13 of the periodic table. The most common oxidation state for this group is +3. However, heavier members of this group also display the +1 oxidation state. This happens because of the inert pair effect. Aluminium displays the +3 oxidation state and alkali metals display the +1 oxidation state. Thallium displays both the oxidation states. Therefore, it resembles both aluminium and alkali metals.

Thallium, like aluminium, forms compounds such as TlCl3 and Tl2O3. It resembles alkali metals in compounds Tl2O3 and TlCl.

28.   The given metal X gives a white precipitate with sodium hydroxide and the precipitate dissolves in excess of sodium hydroxide. Hence, X must be aluminium.

The white precipitate (compound A) obtained is aluminium hydroxide. The compound B formed when an excess of the base is added is sodium tetrahydroxoaluminate(III).

Now, when dilute hydrochloric acid is added to aluminium hydroxide, aluminium chloride (compound C) is obtained and hence the precipitate is dissolved.

Also, when compound A is heated strongly, it gives compound D. This compound is used to extract metal X. Aluminium metal is extracted from alumina. Hence, compound D must be alumina.

29.   (a) Inert pair effect

As one moves down the group, the tendency of s-electrons to participate in chemical bonding decreases. This effect is known as inert pair effect. In case of group 13 elements, the electronic configuration is ns2 and np1 their group valency is +3. However, on moving down the group, the +1 oxidation state becomes more stable. This happens because of the shielding of the ns2 electrons by the d– and f– electrons. As a result of the shielding, the ns2 electrons are held tightly by the nucleus and so, they cannot participate in chemical bonding.

(b) Allotropy

Allotropy is the existence of an element in more than one form, having the same chemical properties but different physical properties. The various forms of an element are called allotropes. For example, carbon exists in three allotropic forms: diamond, graphite, and fullerenes.

(c) Catenation:

The atoms of some elements (such as carbon) can link with one another through strong covalent bonds to form long chains or branches. This property is known as catenation. It is most common in carbon and quite significant in Si and S.

30.   The given salt is alkaline to litmus. Therefore, X is a salt of a strong base and a weak acid. Also, when X is strongly heated, it swells to form substance Y. Therefore, Xmust be borax.

When borax is heated, it loses water and swells to form sodium metaborate. When heating is continued, it solidifies to form a glassy material Y. Hence, Y must be a mixture of sodium metaborate and boric anhydride.

When concentrated acid is added to borax, white crystals of orthoboric acid (Z) are formed.

31.   

32.   Caron dioxide

In the laboratory, CO2 can be prepared by the action of dilute hydrochloric acid on calcium carbonate. The reaction involved is as follows:

CaCO3 + 2HCl(aq) → CaCl2(g) + CO2(g) + H2O(l)

CO2 is commercially prepared by heating limestone. The reaction involved is as follows:

Caron monoxide

In the laboratory, CO is prepared by the dehydration of formic acid with conc. H2SO4, at 373 K. The reaction involved is as follows:

CO is commercially prepared by passing steam over hot coke. The reaction involved is as follows:

33.   (c) Borax is a salt of a strong base (NaOH) and a weak acid (  ). It is, therefore, basic in nature.

34.   (b) Boric acid is polymeric because of the presence of hydrogen bonds. In the given figure, the dotted lines represent hydrogen bonds.

35.   (c) Boron in diborane is sp3 hybridised.

36.   (b) Graphite is thermodynamically the most stable form of carbon.

37.   (b)The elements of group 14 have 4 valence electrons. Therefore, the oxidation state of the group is +4. However, as a result of the inert pair effect, the lower oxidation state becomes more and more stable and the higher oxidation state becomes less stable.

Therefore, this group exhibits +4 and +2 oxidation states.

Group 14 element        Oxidation state

C                                                  +4

Si                                                 +4

Ge, Sn, Pb                              +2, +4

38.   RSiCl + 3HO → RSi(OH) + 3HCl

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