Measurements and Calculations Notes

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Measurements and Calculations Notes
Chapter 2 Measurements and Calculations Notes

I. SI (System of International) Units of Measurements

A. Metric System Mass is measured in kilograms (other mass units: grams, milligrams) Volume in liters Length in meters Time in seconds Chemical quantity in moles Temperature in Celsius

B. Prefixes Prefix Value Abbreviation Example Pico l x l0-12 p pm, pg
Pico l x l p pm, pg Nano l x l n nm Micro l x l  g Milli l x l m mm, mg Centi l x l c cl, cg Deci l x l d dl, dg (stem: liter, meter, gram) Deka l x l da dag, dal Hecto l x l h hl,hm Kilo l x l k kl, kg Mega l x l M Mg, Mm Giga 1 X 109 G Gg Tera 1 X 1012 T Tg

C. Derived Units C. Derived Units: combinations of quantities: area (m2), Density (g/cm3), Volume (cm3 or mL) 1cm3 = 1mL

D. Temperature- Be able to convert between degrees Celcius and Kelvin.
Absolute zero is 0 K, a temperature where all molecular motion ceases to exist. Has not yet been attained, but scientists are within thousandths of a degree of 0 K. No degree sign is used for Kelvin temperatures. Celcius to Kelvin: K = C Convert 98 ° C to Kelvin: 98° C = 371 K

II. Density – relationship of mass to volume D = M/V Density is a derived unit (from both mass and volume) For solids: D = grams/cm3 Liquids: D = grams/mL Gases: D = grams/liter Know these units

D = M V

Density (cont.) Example Problems:
1. An unknown metal having a mass of g was added to a graduated cylinder that contained ml of water. After the addition of the metal, the water level rose to ml. Calculate the density of the metal.

Density (cont.) 2. The density of mercury is 13.6 g/mL. How many grams would l.00 liter of mercury weigh? 3. A solid with a density of 11.3 g/ml has a mass of 5.00g. What is its volume?

IV. Using Scientific Measurements
ACCURATE = CORRECT PRECISE = CONSISTENT A. Precision and Accuracy 1. Precision – the closeness of a set of measurements of the same quantities made in the same way (how well repeated measurements of a value agree with one another). 2. Accuracy – is determined by the agreement between the measured quantity and the correct value. Ex: Throwing Darts

B. Counting Significant Figures
When you report a measured value, it is assumed that all the figures are correct except for the last one, where there is an uncertainty of ±1. If your value is expressed in proper exponential notation, all of the figures in the pre-exponential value are significant, with the last digit being the least significant figure (LSF). “7.143 grams” contains 4 significant figures

B. Counting Significant Figures
If that value is expressed as , it still has 4 significant figures. Zeros, in this case, are placeholders. If you are ever in doubt about the number of significant figures in a value, write it in exponential notation. Example of nail on page 46: the nail is 6.36cm long. The 6.3 are certain values and the final 6 is uncertain! There are 3 significant figures in 6.36cm (2 certain and 1 uncertain). The reader can see that the 6.3 are certain values because they appear on the ruler, but the reader has to estimate the final 6.

Significant Figures Indicate precision of a measurement.
Recording Significant Figures (sig figs) Sig figs in a measurement include the known digits plus a final estimated digit 2.35 cm

The rules for counting significant figures are:
1. Leading zeros do not count. Ex: cm 2. Captive zeros always count. Ex: 505 cm 3. Trailing zeros count only if there is a decimal. Ex: 5,000 vs 5,000.

Give the number of significant figures in the following values:
a mL b g c s d x 101 years Helpful Hint :Convert to exponential form if you are not certain as to the proper number of significant figures. A very important idea is that you DO NOT ROUND OFF YOUR ANSWER UNTIL THE VERY END OF THE PROBLEM.

Significant Figures Flowchart
Measurement What is the number? <1 >1 Where are the zeros? Is there a decimal? Before the # After the # Yes No No- not significant Ex: 0.05 Yes, the zero is significant Ex: 0.50 All the numbers are significant Ex: 5.0 Trailing zeros are not significant Ex: 50

C. Significant Figures in Calculations
In addition and subtraction, your answer should have the same number of decimal places as the measurement with the least number of decimal places. EX: find the answer for -3.0

Solution: 12. 734 has 3 figures past the decimal point. 3
Solution: has 3 figures past the decimal point. 3.0 has only 1 figure past the decimal point. Therefore, your final result, where only addition or subtraction is involved, should round off to one figure past the decimal point. 12.734 - 3.0  9.7

3.75 mL mL 7.85 mL 3.75 mL mL 7.85 mL 224 g + 130 g 354 g 224 g + 130 g 354 g  7.9 mL  350 g

Multiplication & Division with Significant Figures
2. In multiplication and division, your answer should have the same number of significant figures as the least precise measurement. 61 x = = SF a. 32 x b.   5 x 1.882 c.    X

Multiplication & Division with Significant Figures
3. There is no uncertainty in a conversion factor; therefore they do not affect the degree of certainty of your answer. The answer should have the same number of SF as the initial value. a. Convert 25. meters to millimeters. b. Convert 0.12 L to mL.

E. Scientific Notation Converting into Sci. Notation:
Move decimal until there’s 1 digit to its left. Places moved = exponent. Large # (>1)  positive exponent Small # (<1)  negative exponent Only include sig figs.

E. Scientific Notation -used to express very large or very small numbers 1 X 10-2 Convert to scientific notation: a b c d. – e f

Practice Problems a. 4.78 x l02 b. 5.50 x l04
Expand each number (or convert to regular notation): a x l02 b x l04 c. –9.3 x l d x l0-1 e x l0-2 f x l0-6

E. Scientific Notation (5.44 × 107 ) ÷ (8.10 × 104) =
Calculating with Sci. Notation (5.44 × 107 ) ÷ (8.10 × 104) = Type on your calculator: EXP EE EXP EE ENTER EXE 5.44 7 8.10 ÷ 4 = = 672 g/mol = 6.72 × 102 g/mol