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Chemistry & Chemical Reactivity

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John C. Kotz + 3 others
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Chemistry & Chemical Reactivity

10th Edition
John C. Kotz + 3 others
ISBN: 9781337399074
Textbook Problem

Which of the following elements does not react with hydrogen?

  1. (a) neon
  2. (b) nitrogen
  3. (c) potassium
  4. (d) fluorine

Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation:

The element that does not react with hydrogen among the following has to be predicted.

Concept introduction: The reaction of elements with hydrogen produces either ionic metal hydrides or molecular compounds.  The reaction of hydrogen with metals produces ionic metal hydrides. The electronegativity of hydrogen is more than metals and hence, metals bears positive charge and hydrogen has negative charge. Thus, the oxidation number of hydrogen in ionic metal hydrides is 1. The reaction of non-metals with hydrogen produces molecular compounds. In general, non-metals are more electronegative than hydrogen and hence, hydrogen bears positive charge and non-metals are negatively charged in molecular compounds. Thus, the oxidation number of hydrogen in molecular compounds is +1.

The oxidation number of metals in ionic hydrides and non-metals in molecular compounds are according to the group number and valence electron configuration of these elements.

So, hydrogen react with both metals and non-metals to produce hydrides of corresponding elements. However, the elements belonging to noble gas family have very low chemical reactivity and therefore do not combine with hydrogen.

Explanation

Reason for the correct options

Potassium belongs to group 1A of the periodic table. The electronic configuration of potassium is [Ar]4s1. Thus, the highest oxidation number of potassium is +1. Group 1A consists of alkali earth metals. The electronegativity of hydrogen is more than potassium and hence, potassium bears positive charge and hydrogen has a negative charge. The charge on potassium is +1 and the charge on hydrogen is 1. An ionic metal hydride KH is formed by reaction of potassium with hydrogen. The balanced  chemical equation is:

    2K(s) + H2(g)2KH(s)

Nitrogen belongs to group 5A of the periodic table. The electronic configuration of nitrogen is [He]2s22p3. Nitrogen gains three electrons in the outermost shell and has 3 oxidation number. Hydrogen is less electronegative as compared to nitrogen. Hydrogen bears positive charge and nitrogen is negatively charged in molecular compounds. The charge on nitrogen is 3 and the charge on hydrogen is +1. A molecular compound by direct combination of hydrogen with nitrogen formed is NH3

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