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1 Name Pd Date Chemistry Scientific Measurement Guided Inquiry Teacher s Notes Work with your group using your prior knowledge, the textbook ( ), internet research, and class discussion to complete this handout. 1. ALL measurements MUST include numbers and units. SI Units scientists all over the world have agreed on a single measurement system called Le Systeme International d Unites or SI Units for short Base Quantities & Units the 7 quantities that can be measured directly and their SI unit. Complete the table below. [Hint: you won t find all of these in the textbook.] Base Quantity Quantity Symbol SI Unit Name SI Unit Abbreviation length l meter m mass m kilogram kg time t second s temperature T Kelvin K amount of substance n mole mol electric current I ampere A luminous intensity l v candela cd Derived Quantities & Units all other quantities are derived from combinations of multiplying or dividing base quantities and their units. Complete the table below for some of the important derived units in chemistry. Derived Quantity Quantity Symbol SI Unit name SI Unit Abbreviation Area A square meter m 2 Volume V cubic meter m 3 Density D kilograms per cubic meter kg/ m 3 Molar Mass M kilogram per mole kg/mol Concentration c moles per cubic meter mol/m 3 Molar Volume V m cubic meters per mole m 3 /mol Pressure P pascal Pa Summarize 2. Why are units important? Units represent agreed upon standards for the measured quantities. 1

2 3. Why do scientists use the SI units? The international community of scientists agreed to use SI Units so all scientific research and literature would use a common set of units. 4. Compare and contrast base quantities and derived quantities. Base quantities are quantities that can be measured directly, such as mass and length. Derived quantities are quantities that are calculated by multiplying or dividing combinations of base units. Scientific Notation (aka Exponential Notation) is a convenient way to write very large or very small numbers. Also, a convenient way to show the number of significant figures in a measurement that has non- significant trailing zeros. Numbers are written in the form M x 10 n Examples where, M is a number greater than or equal to 1 but less than 10 n is an integer Write 6.5 x 10 4 km in normal notation. The exponent is positive so move the decimal 4 places to the right adding zeros as necessary, km. Write 2.49 x 10-3 cm in normal notation. The exponent is negative so move the decimal 3 places to the left adding zeros as necessary, m Write g in scientific notation. Move the decimal so the number is greater than or equal to 1 but less than ten, g. Since the decimal moves 5 places to the left the scientific notation is x 10 5 g. Write in scientific notation. Move the decimal so the number is greater than or equal to 1 but less than ten, g. Since the decimal moves 5 places to the right the scientific notation is 5.02 x 10-5 cm. Keep the M number equal to and greater than 1 but less than 10! In the third example above x 10 4 g would be wrong and so would x 10 6 g. Convert the following quantities into scientific notation, include the units: mm = 1.2 x 10-4 mm kg = x 10 1 kg s = x 10 7 s g = x 10-1 g Convert the following quantities from scientific notation to normal notation, include the units: x 10-2 m = m x 10 4 cm = cm x 10 2 m = m x 10-9 kg = kg 2

3 Scientific Notation and Calculators Most calculators are able to handle scientific notation. The Texas Instrument calculators have the EE button; Casio calculators have the EXP button. To enter a number in scientific notation simply enter the M number, press the EE or EXP button, and then enter the n number. Example Enter x in your calculator. Texas Instruments: nd EE 2 3 Casio: EXP 2 3 If your calculator doesn t allow you to enter numbers in scientific notation you can enter it using exponents HOWEVER, you must always enclose the entire number in parentheses, otherwise you may get a wrong answer. Example Enter x in your calculator ( X 1 0 ^ 2 3 ) Use your calculator to perform the following calculations. Keep the numbers in scientific notation and write your answer with the correct units. 13. (2.76 x 10 2 m) x (1.09 x 10 1 m) = x 10 3 m ( x 10 2 m) x (5.993 x 10-3 m) = x 10 0 m (5.55 x 10 3 m) / (1.50 x 10 2 s) = 3.7 x 10 1 m/s 16. (2.33 x 10 2 m) / (5.9 x 10-2 s) = x 10 3 m/s 17. (9.655 x 10 3 s) + (5.50 x 10 2 s) = x 10 4 s 18. (3.26 x 10 1 s) + (1.77 x 10-1 s) = x 10 1 s 19. (3.5 x 10-3 s) - (5.50 x 10-1 s) = x 10-1 s Summarize 20. Why do we use scientific notation? We use scientific notation to make it easier to write very large and very small numbers. It also allows us to write numbers when some of the trailing zeros are significant. 21. How do you convert normal numbers into scientific notation? Move the decimal point to the left or to the right of the normal until the number is greater than or equal to 1 and less than 10. The number of places the decimal moved represents the exponent of 10. Moving the decimal to the left creates a positive exponent. Moving the decimal place to the right creates a negative exponent. 3

4 22. How do you convert numbers written in scientific notation into normal numbers? Move the decimal point the number of places as the exponent of 10. If the exponent is negative move the decimal to the left. If the exponent is positive move the decimal to the right. Use zeros as placeholders as necessary. Rounding Numbers to a Specific Digit Your car s odometer reads 95,357 miles. If someone asks you how many miles you have on your car do you say, ninety five thousand three hundred fifty seven miles or do you say, ninety five thousand miles? If you were born on February 28, 1998 and someone asks you how old you are do you say, fifteen point five years or do you say, fifteen years? Both situations are examples of rounding numbers to a specific digit. In the case of the car s odometer reading if you said ninety five thousand miles you were rounding the mileage to the thousands digits. In the case of your age if you said fifteen years you were rounding your age to the ones digit. Scientists have a specific way of rounding numbers: rounded to the tenths digit would be 7.7 ones digit it would be 8 hundredths digit it would be , 493 rounded to the tens digit would be 73,490 hundreds digit would be 73, 500 thousands digit would be 73,000 To round a number to a specific digit look at the next digit to the right; if it is 5 or higher, make the number in your rounding digit one higher; and if it is 4 or lower, leave the number in your rounding digit the same. An easy way to remember this rounding rule is 4 or below leave it go, 5 and above give it a shove. Round the numbers below to the specified digit: to the ones digit to the ones digit to the tens digit ,909 to the tens digit ,909 to the thousands digit to the tenths digit to the hundredths digit to the thousandths digit Complete the following POGIL activities before moving on to the next section: Significant Digits and Measurement Significant Zeros 4

5 Using Sig Figs in Math Operations In the previous two POGIL activities we learned about measurements and significant figures (aka significant digits). Scientists use significant figures to indicate the amount of certainty they have in a measured quantity. Scientists routinely use measurements they gather during their investigations in calculations. The calculated quantities also need to indicate the amount of certainty the scientist has in the number. After all, a calculated number can t have any more certainty than the numbers that were used to calculate it! Let s look at an example of calculating the area of a rectangle that is 5.18 cm by 2.07 cm. 31. What answer does your calculator give you when you multiply the two distances to get the area? cm cm 5.18 cm 32. Based on what we know about significant figures underline the digits in the number above that we supposedly know with certainty cm 2 Do we really know the digits with certainty down to the ten- thousandth of a square centimeter? Let s take a closer look at our length and width numbers. 33. Underline the digits that we know with certainty in both numbers cm cm 34. List all the valid measurements for the length and the width cm 5.18 cm 5.19 cm 2.06 cm 2.07 cm 2.08 cm 35. Using the valid length and width measurements above calculate the smallest area of the rectangle and the largest area of the rectangle. Smallest: 5.17 cm x 2.06 cm = cm 2 Largest: 5.19 cm x 2.08 cm = cm Based on these two extremes, which digits of the area do we know with certainty? The tens and ones digits. 37. Which is the first digit that has some uncertainty? The tenths (0.1) digit 38. Using significant figures, how should we write the number for the area so it indicates the correct amount of certainty we have in the number? 10.7 cm 2 5

9 Precision, Accuracy & Percent Error Accuracy and precision they aren t the same thing! The model below shows four archery targets each containing eight arrows. A B C D 49. Compare and contrast targets A and B. The arrows are bunched close together on both targets; but target A has all bulls-eyes, whereas target B has no bulls-eyes. 50. Compare and contrast targets A and C. Both targets have bulls-eyes; but the arrows are bunched together in the bulls-eye circle on target A, whereas the arrows are spread out in target B and some arrows missed the bulls-eye. 51. Compare and contrast targets B and C. Target C has the arrows spread out, but has some bulls-eyes. Target B has the arrows bunched close together, but there are no bulls-eyes. 52. Compare and contrast targets B and D. Neither target has any bulls-eyes, but target B has the arrows bunched close together, whereas the arrows are spread out in target D. Accuracy and precision are scientific terms used to describe experimental data. Accuracy refers to how close the data are to the acceptable value. In everyday language we use words like correct, accurate and right on to describe data that have high accuracy. We use incorrect, inaccurate and way off to describe data that have low accuracy. Precision refers to how close the data are to each other. In everyday language we use words like consistent, close together and precise to describe data that have high precision. We use inconsistent, scattered and imprecise to describe data that have low precision. Accuracy and precision are not connected or related to each other. Accurate data is not always precise; and precise data is not always accurate. 53. Which archery target has a. High accuracy and low precision? target C b. High accuracy and high precision? target A c. Low accuracy and high precision? target B d. Low accuracy and low precision? target D 9

10 Four lab groups performed an experiment to determine the boiling point of water. Each group performed four trials. There data are shown below: Boiling Point, C Group A B C D Trial Trial Trial Trial Describe the accuracy and precision of each lab group s data. Group A s data is accurate but not precise. Group B s data is neither accurate nor precise. Group C s data is precise but not accurate. Group D s data is accurate and precise. Systematic errors cause inaccurate data. Systematic errors are usually a result of the experimental design. There may be one or more steps in the procedure that introduce error or the equipment used to carry out the experiment may have some limitations to its accuracy that are creating the error. Reproducibility errors cause imprecise data. Reproducibility errors are often a result of human error, such as slight differences in the way each trial is performed, or mistakes in measuring results. 55. What might be a source of error in group B s data? The person was not very careful in reading the thermometer or a different thermometer was used for each trial. 56. What might be a source of error in group C s data? The thermometer was inaccurate. Percent Error Is a measure of how accurate experimental values are. A low percent error means the experimental value is close to the accepted value. A large percent error means the experimental value is much different than the accepted value. Here is the formula for calculating percent error: Percent error = Value!""#\$%#& Value!"#!\$%&!'()* Value!""#\$%#& 100 If you have a hard time remembering if it s the accepted value minus the experimental value or vice versa just remember a comes before e, which means accepted minus experimental. 57. Calculate the percent errors for the data below (show your work): Experimental Value Accepted Value Percent error 3.45 g 3.49 g 105 m 101 m!.!"!!!.!"!!.!"!!"!!!!"#!!"#! 100 = 1.15% 100 = 3.81% 10

11 Equalities, Conversion Factors & Dimensional Analysis Often we need to convert a measured quantity from one unit to another unit. For example, we measured the mass of an object as grams, but we need the measurement in kilograms. We can use the factor label method to do the conversion. Factor Conversion Method Steps Write an equality equation for the two units, i.e. 1 kilogram = 1000 grams Create two conversion factors from this equality, i.e.!"""!!!" Start with the original measurement and unit, i.e g and!!"!"""! Pick the conversion factor that has the original unit in the denominator (on the bottom) and multiply it by the original measurement, i.e g!!"!"""! Cancel out units that appear in both the numerator (top) and denominator (bottom), i.e g!!" Perform the calculation and include the units that aren t cancelled, i.e g!!" The Metric System Equalities!"""! = kg Prefix Unit Abbreviation Exponential Factor Meaning Example tera T Tm = 1 x m giga G Gm = 1 x 10 9 m mega M Mm = 1 x 10 6 m kilo k km = m hecto h hm = 100 m deka da dam = 10 m meter (m), gram (g) deci d /10 10 dm = 1 m centi c / cm = 1 m milli m / mm = 1 m micro μ (mu) / x 10 6 μm = 1 m nano n / x 10 9 nm = 1 m pico P / x pm = 1 m *** MUST MEMORIZE nano to kilo prefixes English & English- Metric Equalities Mass & Weight 1 lb = g 1 oz = g 1 kg = 2.2 lb Length 1 in = 2.54 cm 1 ft = 12 in 1 yd = 3 ft 1 km = 0.62 miles 1 mile = 1.6 km Volume 1 qt = L 1 L = 1.06 qt 1 cm 3 = 1 ml 1 gallon = 4 quarts = 8 pints = 128 oz Time 60 s = 1 min 60 min = 1 hr 24 hr = 1 day 365 days = 1 year!"""! 11

12 Use the factor- label method to calculate the unit conversions. Show your work including the correct sig figs ml = L 500. ππ!!!"""!" km = m = 0.500πΏ 0.22ππ mg = kg 400. ππ!!!"""!"!!"!"""!!"""!!!" = 220π km = yds = ππ 1.25ππ!"""!!!"!""!"!!!!"!.!"!"!!"!"!" = 1 370π¦π s = hr π !!"#!"! mm3 = cm3!"!!"!"# = βπ 2400ππ! yr = s 1.5π¦π!"#!"#!!"!"!!!!"#!"!"#!!!!"!!!"# = m = mm!! = ππ L = cm3 4.2πΏ!"""!"!!!!"!!!"!!! = m3 = dm π!!"""!!!"""!!!""!"!! 2.4ππ! 4.710! π  15π!!!!"!"!!!! = ππ! µm = hm!!!"! 9722ππ!!!!!!!!"!""! = !! βπ = 4200ππ! Summarizer 69. How do you set up the 2 conversion factors for an equality equation between two units? You put one number and its unit from one side of the equality in the numerator and the number and its unit from the other side of the equality in the denominator. To get the second conversion factor you flip flop the numerator and denominator. 70. How do you determine which conversion factor to use in your unit conversion calculation? Use the conversion factor that cancels out the starting units and leaves the same units that are needed for the answer. 12

14 73. A baker uses 1.75 tsp of vanilla extract in each cake. How much vanilla extract in liters should the baker order to make 600 cakes? (1 tsp = 5 ml) 1.75 tsp 600 cakes 1 cake 5 ml 1 tsp 1 L = 5.25 L 1000 ml 74. A person drinks six glasses of water each day, and each glass contains 300 ml. How many liters of water will that person consume in a year? What is the mass of this volume of water in kilograms? (Assume one year has 365 days and the density of water is 1.00 kg/l.) 6 glasses 1 day 365 day 1 yr 300 ml 1 glass 1 L 1000 ml 1.00 kg 1 L = 657 kg yr Summarizer 75. What are the three key steps to solving problems with dimensional analysis and the factor- label method? Determine the units you are starting with and determine the units for the final answer. Find one or more equalities that relate your quantities and units to each other Use one or more conversion factors to cancel out units that aren t part of the final answer and leave the units that are in the final answer. 76. How do you determine how many equality statements you need to convert from one quantity to another quantity? You need as many equality statements as it takes to go from your starting quantity and units to the quantity and units for your answer. 14

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