Chapters 3 & 4 Study Questions


1.What are two conclusions supported by Rutherfordís experiment?


2.Fill in the following table:


††† Nuclear†††††† Atomic††††††† Mass††††††† Number of††††† Number of††††† Number of†††††† Charge

††† Symbol††† †††Number†††† Number††††††† Protons†††††††† Electrons†††††††† Neutrons†††††††††††††


†††††† †††††††††______†††† ______††††† ________††††† _________††††† _________††††† ______


††† _______†††††† ______††††††† 39†††††††††††††††† 19†††††††††††††† †††18†††††††††††† _________†††††† ______


††† _______†††††††††† 16†††††††† ______††††† _________†††† _________††††††††††† 20†††††††††††††††† -2



3.Write the nuclear symbols for the isotopes of neon which contain 10 neutrons and 12 neutrons.


4.For each of the following elements, indicate whether it is a main group element (MG), transition metal (TM), or inner transition metal (ITM).If the element is a main group element, indicate the group number and whether it is a metal, a nonmetal or a metalloid. Also indicate the Period of each element.

††††† a)Sr (atomic # 38)††††††††††† b)Br (atomic # 35)††††††††††††††††† c)Mo (atomic # 42)

††††† d)P (atomic # 15) ††††††††††† e)B (atomic # 5)†††††††††††††††††††† f)U (atomic # 92)

†††† g)Sn (atomic # 50)††††††††††† h)Hg (atomic # 80)


5.Provide the common names of Groups 1, 2, 17 and 18.


6.Give an example of

††††† a)an element made of molecules††††††††††††††††††††††††††† b)acompound made of molecules

††††† c)a compound made of ions


7.For each of the following atoms, indicate whether it forms a positive or a negative ion, and include the ion charge.

††††† a)Na††††††††††††††††††† b)Ba†††††††††††††† c)Cl††††††††††††††† d)S†††††††††††††††† e)Ag


8.Which of the following are ionic compounds?Which are covalent compounds?Name each compound.

††††† a)N2O††††††††††††††††† b)K2O††††††††††† c)PCl3††††††††††† d)AlPO4†††††††† e)HCl

††††† f)NH4F†††††††††††††††† g)Pb(NO2)2††††††††††††††† h)H2SO3


9.Name the following ionic compounds:

††††† a)CaCO3††††††††††††† b)ZnS ††††††††††† c)CuOH†††††††† d)Mg(ClO4)2


10.Give the formulas for the following ionic compounds:

††††† a)potassium phosphate††††††††††††††††† b)ammonium sulfate

††††† c)cobalt(II) hyroxide†††††††††††††††††††† d)iron(III)nitride


11.Provide the formulas for the following covalent compounds:

†††† a)phosphorus triiodide†††††††††††††††††† b)dinitrogen pentoxide††††††††††† c)chloric acid




Summary of Chapter 3:Elements, Atoms, and Ions


element symbols

atomic theory

law of constant composition




chemical formulas

Rutherfordís experiment

structure of atom

††††††††††† nucleus

protons, electrons, neutrons

atomic number, mass number


nuclear symbol

periods & groups

regions of the Periodic Table:main groups, transition metals, inner transition metals

noble gases, halogens, alkali metals, alkaline earth metals

metals, nonmetals, metalloids

ionic & covalent compounds


diatomic molecules



formulas for ionic compounds



Summary of Chapter 4:Nomenclature


naming binary ionic compounds

†††† Type I (no roman numeral)

†††† Type II (roman numeral)

naming binary covalent compounds

polyatomic ions

naming ionic compounds involving polyatomic ions

naming acids

writing formulas from names