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Metals and Non-Metals : NCERT Exercise Questions

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Q.1 Which of the following pairs will give displacement reactions?
(a) NaCl solution and copper metal
(b) MgC{l_2} solution and aluminium metal
(c) FeS{O_4} solution and silver metal
(d) AgN{O_3} solution and copper metal.

Sol.    (d) AgNO3 solution and copper metal.

Q.2  Which of the following methods is suitable for preventing an iron frying pan from rusting?
(a) Applying grease

(b) Applying paint
(c) Applying a coating of zinc
(d) All of the above.

Sol.     (c) Applying a coating of zinc.

Q.3 An element reacts with oxygen to give a compound with a high melting point. This compound is also soluble in water. The element is likely to be
(a) calcium

(b) carbon
(c) silicon
(d) iron.

Sol.     (a) Calcium

Q.4 Food cans are coated with tin and not with zinc because
(a) zinc is costlier than tin.

(b) zinc has a higher melting point than tin.
(c) zinc is more reactive than tin.
(d) zinc is less reactive than tin.

Sol.      (c) zinc is more reactive than tin.

Q.5  You are given a hammer, a battery, a bulb, wires and a switch.
(a) How could you use them to distinguish between samples of metals and non-metals?
(b) Assess the usefulness of these tests in distinguishing between metals and non-metals.

(a) We will make a circuit as shown in the figure : 

If with the test material, the bulb glows on turning the switch on, the material is likely to be a metal.

(b) The method is pretty useful except for graphite which is a good conductor of electricity although it is a non-metal.

Q.6 What are amphoteric oxides ? Give two examples of amphoteric oxides.

The oxides which react with both acids and bases to give salt are called amphoteric oxide.

For example, aluminium oxide reacts in the following manner with acids and bases :

A{l_2}{O_3} + 6HCl \to 2AlC{l_3} + 3{H_2}O

A{l_2}{O_3} + 2NaOH \to 2NaI{O_2} + {H_2}O

Other amphoteric oxides are, zinc oxide, bad oxide.

Q.7 Name two metals which will displace hydrogen from dilute acids, and two metals which will not.

Metals that displace hydrogen : Magnesium, zinc. Metals that do not displace hydrogen : Copper, gold.

Q.8 In the electrolytic refining of a metal M, what would you take as the anode, the cathode and the electrolyte ?

In this process, the impure metal is made the anode and a thin strip of pure metal is made the cathode. A solution of the metal salt is used as an electrolyte. The apparatus is set up as shown in figure. On passing the current through the electrolyte, the pure metal from the anode dissolves into the electrolyte. An equivalent amount of pure metal from the electrolyte is deposited on the cathode. The soluble impurities go into the solution, whereas the insoluble impurities settle down at the bottom of the anode and are known as anode mud.


Electrolytic refining of copper. The electrolyte is a solution of acidified copper sulphate.
The anode is impure copper, whereas the cathode is a strip of pure copper.
On passing electric current pure copper is deposited on the cathode.

Q.9 Pratyush took sulphur powder on a spatula and heated it. He collected the gas evolved by inverting a test tube over it as shown in the figure.


(a) What will be the action of gas on :

(i) dry litmus paper ?

(ii) moist litmus paper ?

(b) Write a balanced chemical equation for the reaction taking place.

(a) (i) No Effect on dry litmus paper.

(ii) Turns blue litmus red in moist state.

(b) S + {O_2} \to S{O_2}

Q.10 State two ways to prevent the rusting of iron.

(i) Galvanisation : In this method, a coating of zinc is given on the iron article.

(ii) Painting : In this method, a coating of paint is given on the iron article.

Q.11 What type of oxides are formed when non-metals combine with oxygen ?

Sol.   Basic and amphoteric.

Q.12 Give reasons :

(a) Platinum, gold and silver are used to make jewellery.

(b) Sodium, potassium and lithium are stored under oil.

(c) Aluminium is a highly reactive metal, yet it is used to make utensils for cooking.

(d) Carbonate and sulphide ores are usually converted into oxides during the process of extraction.

(a) Platinum, gold and silver are very less reactive and do not corrode. They also possess very brilliant lustre. So, they are used in jewellery.

(b) Metals such as potassium and sodium react so vigorously that they catch fire if kept in the open. Hence, to protect them and to prevent accidental fires, they are kept immersed in kerosene oil.

(c) Aluminium does not corrode and is a very good conductor of heat.

(d) It is easier to obtain a metal from its oxide, as compared to its sulphides and carbonaties. Therefore, prior to reduction, the metal sulphides and carbonates must be converted into metal oxides.

Q.13 You must have seen tarnished copper vessels being cleaned with lemon or tamarind juice. Explain why these sour substances are effective in cleaning the vessels.

Copper oxide reacts with acids but copper itself does not react. So, the copper can be washed by acidic substances. It removes the corroded part (copper oxide) and pure copper is left behind.

Q.14 Differentiate between metal and non-metal on the basis of their chemical properties.

(i) Ion formation : Metals from positive ions and non-metals from negative ions.

(ii) Acidic nature : Metals form basic oxides and non-metals form acidic oxide.

(iii) Reaction with water : Metals react with water but non-metals do not.

Q.15 A man went door to door posing as a goldsmith. He promised to bring back the glitter of old and dull gold bangles to him which he dipped in a particular solution. The bangles to him which he dipped in a particular solution. The bangles sparkled like new but their weight was reduced drastically. The lady was upset but after a futile argument the man beat was upset but after a futile argument the man beat a hasty retreat. Can you play the detective to find out the nature of the solution he had used ?

Sol.  The solution the used was aqua regia.

Q.16 Give the reason why copper is used to make hot water tanks but steel (an alloy of iron) is not.

Hot iron reacts with steam formed by boiling water. But, copper does not react with water.


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