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Analysis shows that a metal oxide has the empirical formula M0.98 O1.00. Calculate the percentage of M2+ and M3+ ions in this crystal.

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In an ionic compound the anion (N) form cubic close type of packing. While the cation (M+) ions occupy one third of the tetrahedal voids. Deduce the empirical formula of the compound and the coordination number of (M) ions.

Solution:

M0.98 O1.00 is non-stoichiometric compound and is a mixture of M2+ and M3+ ions.
Let x atoms of M3+ are present in the compound. This means that x M2+ have been replaced by M3+ ions.
∴  Number of M2+ ions = 0.96 – x.
For electrical neutrality, positive charge on compound

= negative charge on compound.
∴ 2(0.96 – x) + 3x = 2
1.92 – 2x + 3x = 2
or x = 2 – 1.92 = 0.08

∴

Thus, M2+ is 92% and M3+ is 8% in given sample having formula, M0.96 O1.00.

Or

The number of tetrahedral voids formed is equal

to twice the number of atoms of element N and only $\frac{1}{3}\mathrm{rd}$ of these are occupied by the element M. Hence the ratio of number of atoms of M and is   So, the formula of the compound is M2N3.

Why is glass considred a super-cooled liquid?

Glass is amorphous solids and  have a tendency to flow, though very slowly. Therefore, these are called pseudo solids or super cooled liquids .

Refractive index of a solid is observed to have the same value along all directions. Comment on the nature of this solid. Would it show clevage property?

Refractive index of a solid which have the same value along all directions are isotropic in nature. It would not show cleavage property.

Why are solids rigid?

Solids are rigid because the internuclear distance between the  molecules of a solid are very less and closely packed and their positions are fixed due to the strong forces of attraction between them.

Classify the following as amorphous or crystalline solids: Polyurethane, naphthalene, benzoic acid, teflon, potassium nitrate, cellophane, polyvinyl chloride, fibre glass, copper.

Amorphous solids: Polyurethane, teflon, cellophane, polyvinyal chloride, fibre glass.
Crystalline solids: naphthlene, benzoic acid, potassium nitrate, copper.

Why do solids have a definite volume?

A solid have a definite volume because the inter molecular distance  between its molecules are fixed.

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