[Revision] Chemistry Part-3: Hydrogen Economy, Hard Water types & treatment, Hydrogen Peroxide, Acid, Base, Salt

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  1. Prologue
  2. Water: Importance in Biosphere
    1. Water: Chemical Properties
    2. Hard Water: Properties
    3. Hard water: Types & Treatment
  3. Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2)
    1. H2O2: Uses
  4. Water gas / Syngas
    1. Dihydrogen Properties
    2. Hydrogen Economy: basis principle
    3. Limitations of Dihydrogen fuel
  5. Acid, Base, Salts
    1. Salts
    2. PH
  6. Extensive vs. Intensive properties
  7. Misc Terms
  8. Possible MCQs


  • Continuing on…This article contains revision note out of Chapter 6, 7, 8 and 9 of Chemistry Class11.
  • As such nothing much from 6 to 8 because they deal with technical stuff in thermodynamics, redox equation etc.

Water: Importance in Biosphere

  • Water plays a key role in the biosphere because compared to other liquids, water has a higher specific heat, thermal conductivity, surface tension, dipole moment and dielectric constant.
  • Water moderates climate and body temperature because of its high heat of vaporisation and heat capacity are responsible.
  • Water is an excellent solvent for transportation of ions and molecules for plant-animal metabolism.
  • ice cube floats on water because Ice’s density is less than that of water..
  • In winter season ice formed on the surface of a lake gives thermal insulation & helps aquatic life to survive.
water supply

Possible MCQ: Ascending descending order of water sources)

Water: Chemical Properties

  1. Water can dissolve many salts, particularly in large quantity, makes it hard and hazardous for industrial use.
  2. The polar nature of water makes it: (a) a very good solvent for ionic and partially ionic compounds; (b) to act as an amphoteric (acid as well as base) substance; and (c) to form hydrates of different types.
  • Amphoteric Nature: Water can act as an acid as well as a base.
  • Extensive hydrogen bonding between water molecules= high freezing point, high boiling point. And Due to this hydrogen bonding with polar molecules, even covalent compounds like alcohol and carbohydrates dissolve in water.
  • Rain water is almost pure (except some dissolved gases from the atmosphere)
  • When rain water flows through earth surface, it dissolves many salts and becomes hard.
  • Soft water: it doesn’t have calcium and magnesium’s soluble salts. Soft water gives lather with soap easily.

Hard Water: Properties

  • Hard water does not give lather with soap.
  • Presence of calcium and magnesium salts in the form of hydrogencarbonate, chloride and sulphate in water makes water ‘hard’.
  • Soap containing sodium stearate reacts with hard water to precipitate out Ca/Mg stearate.
  • Hard water forms scum/precipitate with soap, so it is unsuitable for laundry.
  • This salt deposit also decreases efficiency of boiler.

Hard water: Types & Treatment

  • Hardness of water is of two types: (i) temporary hardness, and (ii) permanent hardness.
Temporary hardnessPermanent Hardness
Due to the presence of magnesium and calcium hydrogen- carbonates.Due to presence of presence of soluble salts of magnesium and calcium in the form of chlorides and sulphates in water.
Removed by following methods:

  1. Boiling: to convert soluble carbonates into insoluble carbonates, then they’re filtered off.
  2. Clark’s method: lime added to water. It’ll precipitate out calcium carbonate and magnesium hydroxid. Then it is filtered off.
Not possible to remove this hardness by boiling. But following methods will work

  1. Treatment with washing soda (sodium carbonate): It’ll form insoluble carbonates that can be filtered off.
  2. Calgon’s method: add Sodium hexameta- phosphate. ‘calgon’ is the commercial name of this chemical.
  3. Ion-exchange method using zeolite/permutit (Hydrated sodium aluminium silicate)
  4. Synthetic resin ion exchangers.

Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2)

3 isotopes of Hydrogen: same proton but different neutron numbers
protium1099.985% hydrogen is like this
Deuterium (heavy hydrogen)110.015%
Tritium (radioactive)12trace amount in earth

Hydrogen paroxide: chemical properties

  1. Pollution control treatment of domestic and industrial effluents.
  2. Properties: Colourless-pale blue liquid. Acts as an oxidising as well as reducing agent in both acidic and alkaline media.
  3. H2O2 decomposes slowly on exposure to light hence stored in dark.
  4. In metal surfaces or traces of alkali (present in glass containers), H2O2 reaction is catalysed. Therefore it is stored in wax-lined glass or plastic vessels in dark.
  5. Urea can be added as a stabiliser.
  6. H2O2 must be kept away from dust because dust can induce explosive decomposition of the compound.

H2O2: Uses

  1. Hair bleach, bleaching agent for textiles, paper pulp, leather, oils, fats, etc.
  2. Mild disinfectant, antiseptic (perhydrol).
  3. Sodium based detergents.
  4. Synthesis of pharmaceuticals (cephalosporin, hydroquinone), tartaric acid and certain food products
  5. Used in Environmental (Green) Chemistry- for pollution control treatment of domestic and industrial effluents, oxidation of cyanides, restoration of aerobic conditions to sewage wastes, etc.

Water gas / Syngas

  • Water gas/syngas/synthesis gas is the mixture of CO and H2.
  • It is further used for the synthesis of hydrocarbons such as methanol.
  • Syngas is produced from sewage, saw-dust, scrap wood, newspapers etc.
  • Coal gasification is the process of producing ‘syngas’ from coal.

Dihydrogen Properties and uses

  • Dihydrogen is a colourless, odourless, tasteless, combustible gas.
  • Prepared by (1) water-gas shift reaction from petrochemicals (2) electrolysis of brine.
  • Lighter than air and insoluble in water.
  • Dihydrogen =>Synthesis of ammonia =>mfg. of nitric acid and nitrogenous fertilizers.
  • hydrogenation of polyunsaturated vegetable oils like soyabean, cotton seeds etc=> Vanaspati Ghee.
  • Manufacture of methanol and other bulk organic chemicals.
  • Mfg. of metal hydrides, hydrogen chloride.
  • To reduce heavy metal oxides to metal
  • Atomic hydrogen and oxy-hydrogen torches used for cutting and welding purposes. They can generate the temperature of 4000 K.
  • Dihydrogen fuel cells = electrical energy and rocket fuel.

Hydrogen Economy: basis principle

  • use di-hydrogen to store and transport energy.
  • Energy is transmitted in the form of dihydrogen and not as electric power.
  • 2005: India launched pilot project to use dihydrogen as fuel for running automobiles.
  • Initially 5% dihydrogen has been mixed in CNG for use in four-wheeler vehicles. It’ll be increased gradually.
  • dihydrogen can release 3x times more energy than petrol
  • It produces less pollutants than than petrol.
  • Dihydrogen’s pollutant is called “oxides of dinitrogen”. We can minimize its emission by adding water in the cylinder.

Limitations of Dihydrogen fuel

  • Its cylinder weight 30 times more than petrol tank.
  • Liquification requires cooling to 20K. This Is very expensive.

Acid, Base, Salts

what’s the difference?
turn blue litmus paper into redturn red litmus paper blue
Acid accepts electron pairDonates pair of electrons
“acid” word derived from a latin word “acidus” meaning sour.Bases are known to , taste bitter and feel soapy. Common example: washing soda.
  • They liberate dihydrogen on reacting with metal
  • Arrhenius theory, acids are substances that dissociates in water to give hydrogen ions H + (aq) and bases are substances that produce hydroxyl ions OH – (aq)
Acids Bases

Possible MCQ: Ascending-Descending order

Examples of acids
Hydrochloric acidGastric juice essential for digestions
Acetic acidmain constituent of vinegar.
Lemon juicecitric acid
Orange Juiceascorbic acids
Tamarind pastetartaric acid


  • When acids and bases are mixed in the right proportion they react and give salts.
  • Example: sodium chloride, barium sulphate, sodium nitrate.
  • hydrochloric acid + sodium hydroxide.= Salt (Sodium chloride)


  • pH scale: Hydronium ion concentration in molarity – that is expressed on a logarithmic scale known as the pH scale.
  • Buffer Solutions: These solutions resist change in pH in presence of acid or alkali.
  • The pH of a solution is defined as the negative logarithm to base 10 of the activity
  • PH Measurement has biological and cosmetic applications.
  • Now-a-days pH paper is available with four strips on it. They can determine PH with an accuracy of ~0.5.
  • pH meter is a device that measures the pH-dependent electrical potential of the test solution within 0.001 precision.
  • pH meters of the size of a writing pen are now available in the market

PH Scale

Extensive vs. Intensive properties

Thermodynamics related properties
extensive propertiesintensive properties
Depends on quantity of the matter in systemThose properties which do not depend on the quantity or size of matter present
Examples: mass, volume, internal energy, enthalpy, heat capacity, etc.Temperature, pressure, density
Daniel Cell

Daniell cell: Electrons produced at the anode due to oxidation of Zn travel through the external circuit to the cathode where these reduce the copper ions.

Misc Terms
OxidationLoss of electron(s) by any species. 20% of atmosphere is dioxygen, hence many elements combine with it and to form of their oxides.
ReductionGain of electron(s) by any species.
Oxidising agentAcceptor of electron(s).
Reducing agentDonor of electron(s).
EntropyIt is a measure of disorder or randomness. The greater the disorder in an isolated system, the higher is the entropy.
Heavy water
  • Prepared by (1) water electrolysis (2) by-product in some fertilizer industries
  • Used as Moderator in nuclear reactors.
Svante Arrhenius (Sweden)
  • Gave the Arrhenius acid theory.
  • He was the first to discuss the ‘greenhouse effect’ calling by that name. He received Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1903 for his theory of electrolytic dissociation and its use in the development of chemistry
Faraday (London)
  • worked on electricity and magnetism
  • Established modern field theory.

Possible MCQs

  1. match the following: (1) methods to remove hardness of water vs. chemical principle (2) isotopes of hydrogen (3) chemical vs. its uses (4) food item vs. acid component
  2. assertion reasoning related to (1) water’s importance in biosphere (2) why water used in dihydrogen engine
  3. which of the following statements are correct about (1) ice (2) hard water and its treatment methods (3) hydrogen
  4. Arrange following xyz items in their ascending / descending order of PH.


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31 Comments on “[Revision] Chemistry Part-3: Hydrogen Economy, Hard Water types & treatment, Hydrogen Peroxide, Acid, Base, Salt”

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  12. How can H2O2 be colorless pale blue? Either it can be colorless or Pale blue. Please check

    1. H202 is colourless gas and pale blue in liquid state.

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