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  1. Mathematics and Graphing in Chemistry Lab 1

  2. Outline • Mathematics in Chemistry • Units • Rounding • Digits of Precision (Addition and Subtraction) • Significant Figures (Multiplication and Division) • Order of Operations • Mixed Orders • Scientific Notation • Logarithms and Antilogarithms • Algebraic Equations • Averages • Graphing

  3. Mathematics in Chemistry • Math is a very important tool, used in all of the sciences to model results and explain observations. • Chemistry in particular requires a lot of calculations before even trivial experiments can be performed. In this first exercise you will be introduced to some of the very basic calculations you will be required to perform in lab during the entire semester. • Remember, if you start memorizing rules and formulas now, you don’t have to do it the night before your exams!

  4. Units • Units are very important! • Units give dimension to numbers. • They also allow us to use dimensional analysis in our calculations. • If a unit belongs next to a number, place it there!!! • Example: 6.23 mL The unit “mL” indicates to us that our measurement is a metric system volume and indicates to us the order of magnitude of that volume. • Common units, equations, and conversions are given on p. 30 of your lab manual.

  5. Rounding When you have to round to a certain number, to obey significant figure rules, remember to do the following: • For numbers 1 through 4 in the rounding position, round down • For numbers 6 through 9 in the rounding position, round up • For numbers with a terminal 5 in the rounding position, round to the nearest even number. 0.01255 rounded to three significant digits becomes 0.0126 0.01265 rounded to three significant digits becomes 0.0126 0.01275 rounded to three significant digits becomes 0.0128 0.012851 rounded to three significant digits becomes ? Why is this method statistically more correct?

  6. Rounding When you have to round to a certain number, to obey significant figure rules, remember to do the following: • For numbers 1 through 4 in the rounding position, round down • For numbers 6 through 9 in the rounding position, round up • For numbers with a terminal 5 in the rounding position, round to the nearest even number. 0.01255 rounded to three significant digits becomes 0.0126 0.01265 rounded to three significant digits becomes 0.0126 0.01275 rounded to three significant digits becomes 0.0128 0.012851 rounded to three significant digits becomes ? 0.0129 Why is this method statistically more correct?

  7. Digits of Precision and Significant Figures • All measurements have some degree of uncertainty due to limitations of measuring devices. • Scientists have come up with a set of rules we can follow to easily specify the exact digits of precision and amount of significant figures, without sacrificing the accuracy of the measuring devices.

  8. Digits of Precision:Addition and Subtraction Your answer must contain the same number of digits after the decimal point as the number with the least number of digits after the decimal point. 104.07 + 209.7852 + 1.113 = 314.97

  9. Addition and Subtraction 205.12234 – 72.319 + 4.7 = 137.48334 137.5

  10. Addition of Whole Numbers When you add or subtract whole numbers, your answer cannot be more accurate than any of your individual terms. 20 + 34 + 2400 – 100 = 2400 Limited to the hundreds position What about: 319 + 870 + 34,650 = ?

  11. Addition of Whole Numbers When you add or subtract whole numbers, your answer cannot be more accurate than any of your individual terms. 20 + 34 + 2400 – 100 = 2400 What about: 319 + 870 + 34,650 = ? The answer is 35,840 Limited to the tens position.

  12. Significant Figures Rule #1 Numbers with an infinite number of significant digits do not limit calculations. These numbers are found in definite relationships, otherwise known as conversion factors. 100 cm = 1 m 1000 mL = 1 L

  13. Significant Figures Rule #2 All non-zero digits are significant. 1.23 has 3 significant figures 98,832 has 5 significant figures How many significant digits does 34.21 have?

  14. Significant Figures Rule #2 All non-zero digits are significant. 1.23 has 3 significant figures 98,832 has 5 significant figures How many significant digits does 34.21 have? Correct! The answer is 4.

  15. Significant Figures Rule #3 The number of significant figures is independent of the decimal point. 12.3, 1.23, 0.123 and 0.0123 have 3 significant figures 0.0004381 and 0.4381 have how many significant figures?

  16. Significant Figures Rule #3 The number of significant figures is independent of the decimal point. 12.3, 1.23, 0.123 and 0.0123 have 3 significant figures 0.0004381 and 0.4381 have how many significant figures? Correct! The answer is 4.

  17. Significant Figures Rule #4 Zeros between non-zero digits are significant. 1.01, 10.1, 0.00101 have 3 significant figures. How many significant digits are in 10,101?

  18. Significant Figures Rule #4 Zeros between non-zero digits are significant. 1.01, 10.1, 0.00101 have 3 significant figures. How many significant digits are in 10,101? The answer is 5!

  19. Significant Figures Rule #5 After the decimal point, zeros to the right of non-zero digits are significant. 0.00500 has 3 significant figures 0.030 has 2 significant figures. How many significant figures are in 34.1800?

  20. Significant Figures Rule #5 After the decimal point, zeros to the right of non-zero digits are significant. 0.00500 has 3 significant figures 0.030 has 2 significant figures. How many significant figures are in 34.1800? The answer is 6. Right again.

  21. Significant Figures Rule #6 If there is no decimal point present, zeros to the right of non-zero digits are not significant. 3000, 50000, 20 all have only 1 significant figure How many significant figures are in 32,000,000?

  22. Significant Figures Rule #6 If there is no decimal point present, zeros to the right of non-zero digits are not significant. 3000, 50000, 20 all have only 1 significant figure How many significant figures are in 32,000,000? The answer is 2!

  23. Significant Figures Rule #7 Zeros to the left of non-zero digits are never significant. 0.0001, 0.002, 0.3 all have only 1 significant figure How many significant figures are in 0.0231? How many significant figures are in 0.02310?

  24. Significant Figures Rule #7 Zeros to the left of non-zero digits are never significant. 0.0001, 0.002, 0.3 all have only 1 significant figure How many significant figures are in 0.0231? This one has 3 significant digits. How many significant figures are in 0.02310? This one has 4 significant digits.

  25. Significant Figures: Multiplication and Division Your answer must contain the same number of significant digits as the number with the least number of significant digits. 5.10 x 6.213 x 5.425 = 172

  26. Significant Figures: Multiplication and Division = 76.016 76

  27. Order of operations 1st: ( ), x2, square roots 2nd: x or / 3rd: + or –

  28. Significant Figures: Mixed Orders

  29. Scientific Notation The three main items required for numbers to be represented in scientific notation are: • the correct number of significant figures • one non-zero digit before the decimal point, and the rest of the significant figures after the decimal point • this number must be multiplied by 10 raised to some exponential power 123 becomes 1.23 x 102 This number has three significant digits

  30. Scientific Notation • Calculators could be a significant aid in performing calculations in scientific notation. • KNOW HOW TO USE YOUR CALCULATOR • Does your calculator retain or suppress zeros in its display? • In converting between scientific and decimal notation, the number of significant digits don’t change.

  31. Scientific Notation • What is the scientific notation equivalent of 0.0432? 1043.50? • What is the standard decimal notation equivalent of 3.45 x 103? 6.500 x 10-2?

  32. Scientific Notation • What is the scientific notation equivalent of 0.0432? The answer is 4.32 x 10-2 1043.50? The answer is 1.04350 x 103 • What is the standard decimal notation equivalent of 3.45 x 103? This is 3450 6.500 x 10-2? This is 0.06500

  33. Scientific Notation Calculations • Addition: (4.22 x 105) + (3.97 x 106) = (4.22 x 105) + (39.7 x 105) = (4.22 + 39.7) x 105 = 43.9 x 105 = 4.39 x 106 Know how to perform these types of calculations on your calculator!

  34. Scientific Notation Calculations • Subtraction: (4.22 x 105) - (3.97 x 106) = (4.22 x 105) - (39.7 x 105) = (4.22 – 39.7) x 105 = -35.5 x 105 = -3.55 x 106 Know how to perform these types of calculations on your calculator!

  35. Scientific Notation Calculations • Multiplication: (4.22 x 105) x (3.97 x 106) = (4.22 x 3.97) x 10(5+6) = 16.8 x 1011 = 1.68 x 1012 Know how to perform these types of calculations on your calculator!

  36. Scientific Notation Calculations • Division: (4.22 x 105) / (3.97 x 106) = (4.22 / 3.97) x 10(5-6) = 1.06 x 10-1 Know how to perform these types of calculations on your calculator!

  37. Logarithms • Logarithms might seem strange, but they are nothing more than another way of representing exponents. • logbx = y is the same thing as x = by • Know how to use your calculator to perform these functions.

  38. Logarithms We see logarithms frequently when working with pH chemistry. If you have a solution of pH 5.2, and you need to calculate the concentration of hydrogen ions, set the problem up as follows: pH = - log [H+] 5.2 = - log [H+] -5.2 = log [H+] 10-5.2 = 10log [H+] 10-5.2 = [H+] [H+] = 6 x 10-6

  39. Logs and Antilogs To enter log 100 on your calculator: • Press: log  1  0  0  Enter or • Press: 1  0  0  log for reverse entry To enter the antilog 2 on your calculator: • Press: 2nd  log  2  Enter or • Press: 2  2nd  log for reverse entry Did you notice anything?

  40. Significant Figure Rules Logarithms log (4.21 x 1010) = 10.6242821  10.624 Antilogarithms antilog (- 7.52) = 10-7.52 = 3.01995 x 10-8 3.0 x 10-8

  41. Significant Figures of EquipmentElectronics • Always report all the digits electronic equipment gives you. • When calibrating a probe, the digits of precision of your calibration values determine the digits of precision of the output of the data.

  42. Algebraic Equations It is important to understand how to manipulate algebraic equations to determine unknowns and to interpolate and extrapolate data. Don’t forget about significant figures. For y = 1.0783 x + 0.0009 If x = 0.021, find y (answer = 0.024) If y = 4.3, find x (answer = 4.0)

  43. Graphing Graphing is an important tool used to represent experimental outcomes and to set up calibration curves. It is a modeling device.

  44. Graphing: Variables • Having no fixed quantitative value. • X-variable • Y-variable • Graphing in chemistry • Renamed with a chemistry label • Paired with a unit most of the time

  45. Graphing: Units • Give dimension to labels / variables • Give meaning to numbers • Essential!

  46. Graphing: Coordinates • A coordinate set consists of an x-value and y-value, plotted as a point on a graph. • X-values: domain (independent variable) • Y-values: range (dependent variable)

  47. Graphing: Axes • Multiple axes on a graph • Coordinate sets determine the number of axes on a plot • Two dimensional graphs have only two axes • X-axis • Y-axis • Each axis must have a consistent scale

  48. Graphing in Chemistry • Graph title reflects the: Dependent vs. Independent variables • X-axis – labeled appropriately with variable and unit • Y-axis – labeled appropriately with variable and unit • Each axis has a consistent scale

  49. Graphing in Chemistry • Coordinate sets are plotted • x-variable matching the x-value on the x-axis • y-variable matching the y-value on the y-axis • A single point results • A line is drawn through all the points • An equation is derived from two coordinate sets • The equation is used to find unknowns

  50. Graphing: Equations • Of the form y = mx + b • m = slope of the graph • b = y-intercept of the graph • x = any x-value from the graph • y = corresponding y-coordinate • Your manual has sample calculations to derive the slope and y-intercept from two coordinate sets