CHM415115 Exam Paper 2017
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CHM415115 Exam Paper 2017

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Tasmanian Certificate of Education
External Assessment 2017

CHEMISTRY
(CHM415115)

PART 1
Time: 45 minutes

Candidate Instructions
1. You MUST make sure that your responses to the questions in this examination paper will show

your achievement in the criterion being assessed.
2. Answer ALL questions. Answers must be written in the spaces provided on the examination paper.
3. You should make sure you answer all parts within each question so that the criterion can be

assessed.
4. This examination is 3 hours in length. It is recommended that you spend approximately 45 minutes

in total answering the questions in this booklet.
5. The 2017 External Examination Information Sheet for Chemistry can be used throughout the

examination. No other written material is allowed into the examination.
6. A TASC approved calculator can be used throughout the examination.
7. All written responses must be in English.
On the basis of your performance in this examination, the examiners will provide results on the following
criterion taken from the course statement:
Criterion 5 Identify and apply fundamental principles and theories of electrochemistry.
© Copyright for part(s) of this examination may be held by individuals and/or organisations other than the Office of Tasmanian Assessment, Standards and
Certification.

PLACE YOUR CANDIDATE
LABEL HERE

Pages: 12
Questions: 6
Attachments: Information Sheet

Section Total: /40

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In calculations no credit can be given for incorrect answers unless they are accompanied by details of
the working. Some credit will be given for unsimplified answers. Appropriate units must be included.
Note:
When candidates are asked to ‘show that’:
 a candidate should calculate their own answer to the appropriate number of significant figures and

use this subsequently.

 a candidate who is unable to determine the required value should use the value given by the
examiner subsequently.

A spare diagram has been provided in the back of the answer booklet for you to use if required. If you
use this spare diagram, you MUST indicate you have done so in your answer to that question.

Additional Instructions for Candidates

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Question 1
(a) Determine the oxidation state of nitrogen in:

(i) nitric oxide, NO.........................................................................................................
(ii) nitrate ion, NO3_ .......................................................................................................

(iii) nitrogen, N2 ..............................................................................................................

(iv) ammonia, NH3 ..........................................................................................................
 (2 marks)

(b) A nitric acid solution, HNO3(aq), will react with copper metal to produce aqueous
copper(II) ions and nitric oxide gas, NO(g).
(i) Write a balanced half-equation to represent the conversion of the aqueous

acidified nitrate ion to nitric oxide gas, and classify the reaction as either oxidation
or reduction. (2 marks)
Equation: ..................................................................................................................
Classification: ...........................................................................................................

(ii) Write a balanced half-equation to represent the conversion of copper metal to

aqueous copper(II) ions. (1 mark)

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(iii) Write a balanced net ionic equation to represent the reaction occurring between

copper metal and the nitric acid solution. (2 marks)
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Question 2
Is a strong oxidiser also a weak reducer under normal laboratory conditions?
Explain using an appropriate example to support your answer. (2 marks)
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Question 3
An electrochemical cell was made using two half-cells. The first contains a rod of an
unknown metal, D, partially immersed in a solution containing D3+(aq) ions. A Cl2(g)|Cl_ (aq)|Pt
half-cell completed the cell. All solutions have a concentration of 1 mol L_1.
The chemical reaction occurring when the cell is operating can be represented by the following
equation:

6Cl_ (aq) + 2D3+(aq) 3Cl2(g) + 2D(s)
(a) (i) Identify the cathode. (1 mark)

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(ii) What occurs at this electrode in terms of electron transfer? (1 mark)
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 Question 3 continues.

Cl2 (g)

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Cl2 (g) 

D3+(aq) 

Cl
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 (aq) 

D 

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Question 3 (continued)

(b) Explain the purpose of the part of the cell labelled X. (1 mark)

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(c) Write the half-reaction occurring at the anode. (1 mark)

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The initial reading on the voltmeter was 0.14 V.
(d) Calculate the standard reduction potential for the D3+(aq)|D(s) electrode and hence

identify metal D. (2 marks)

Calculation: ......................................................................................................................
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