HARDNESS OF WATER
Water is very essential substance for all living things. Over 70% of the earth is water and there are different sources of water for daily use. These sources include rivers, lakes, wells, ponds, springs, and streams.
Water can also be obtained from taps that are supplied with treated from the local or nearest water works.
In some places, water lathers easily with soap, this water is said to be soft. In other places, the same amount of soap would give scum and very little lather. This water is said to be hard. Scum is an insoluble layer of impurities that accumulates at the surface of a liquid, especially water.
Hardness of water is caused by dissolved calcium and magnesium compounds. They include calcium, calcium hydrogen carbonate, magnesium sulphate and magnesium hydrogen carbonate. For example
Calcium sulphate + sodium stearate → calcium stearate + sodium sulphate
(Hardness) (Soap) (Scum)
The soap and the hardness join to form scum. The other compound sodium sulphate which is formed dissolves in water.
Calcium hydrogen carbonate is the most common cause of hardness of water. It forms when rain falls on the rocks of limestone and chalk, which are mainly composed of the insoluble calcium carbonate. As the rain falls through the air, it dissolves carbon dioxide to form weak acidic solution. This solution is able to attack the calcium carbonate to form the soluble calcium hydrogen carbonate.
H2O(l) + CO2(g) +CaCO3(s) → Ca (HCO3)2(aq)
TYPES OF HARDNESS OF WATER.
There are two types of hardness of water, namely Temporary and Permanent hardness of water.
Hardness caused by calcium hydrogen carbonate is called temporary hardness because it can be removed by boiling the water.
Ca (HCO3)2 (aq) → H2o (l) + CO2 (g) + CaCO3 (s).
Hardness caused by other calcium and magnesium compounds is called Permanent Hardness.
This is because boiling does not affect it.
HOW TO REMOVE PERMANENT HARDNESS OF WATER
Permanent hardness of water can be removed by:
i) Distillation; This gets rid of both temporary and permanent hardness.
ii) Adding sodium carbonate (washing soda); This is added to the water to precipitate calcium carbonate. It removes both types of hardness of water for example, its reaction with sodium sulphate is;
CaSO4 (aq) + Na2CO3(aq) → CaCO3(s) + Na2SO4 (aq)
iii) Ion exchangers; These can remove both types of water hardness by removing all the calcium and magnesium ions in the water.
An ion exchanger is a container full of small beads. These are made of special plastic called ion exchange resin. This has ions for example, sodium ions that are weakly attached to it.
When hard water is passed through the ion exchanger, the calcium and magnesium ions in the water change places with the sodium ions and attach themselves to the resin. The calcium and magnesium ions are therefore left behind in the resin as the soft water flows out with the sodium ions.
After some time, all the sodium ions will have been replaced and the exchanger cannot remove hardness anymore. This is resolved by regeneration of the resin by pouring a concentrated solution of sodium chloride into the exchanger.
The sodium ion push the calcium and magnesium ions off the resin, making the ion exchanger ready for use again.
The Ca2+ from the hard water replaces the Na+ ions in the ions exchanger; softened water (with Na+ ions) leaves the ion exchanger to be used in the household.
The sample of water that do not lather easily are of hard water. These include the sea water and sometimes the tap water. The boiled, distilled and rain water easily form lather with soap and are therefore soft water.
ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF HARD WATER.
i) It tastes better due to dissolved compounds.
ii) It provides useful calcium for the growth of bones and teeth.
iii) The formation of lime scale in pipes forms a sort of insulation which prevents the water in the tap from coming into contact with the metal of the pipe. This prevents pipe corrosion and poisonous metal salts from getting dissolved in the water.
i) The temporary hardness of water causes limescale in water boilers, hot water pipes, kettles and other appliances, this makes them less efficient.
Scaling can also cause blockage in the appliances and has to be removed from time to time.
ii) Hard water needs more soap than soft water, so it means a lot of soap is wasted.
iii) Hard water leaves scum deposits that are difficult to wash out and causes damage various articles.
Before water is used in the public water supply, it has to be treated, not to make it pure but to make it safe to drink.
The various stages include:
1. Filtration to remove any large objects such as algae or parasites.
2. Precipitation of mineral salts such as iron salts using alum (calcium hydroxide).
3. Filtration through a sand bed- this is a biological process. A gelatinous layer is used ton trap unwanted particles.
4. Chlorination. Treating with chlorine kills harmful bacteria in the water– this is a disinfectant.
5. Fluoridation. Adding sodium fluoride in small quantities. Fluorides harden the enamel on teeth and reduce dental problems. Not all water is treated in this way.
As much as a supply of clean, safe water is essential to ensure good health, we must not forget that safe disposal of used water is of equal importance. This becomes especially important when people live close together in towns and cities.
In a city it is essential to have a system for the disposal of used water. We call this a sewage system.
1. The sewage that enters a treatment plant contains debris that might damage the pumps and machinery such materials are removed by screens or vertical bars. After removal, this debris is burned or buried.
2. The waste water then passes through a grinder where leaves and other organic materials are reduced in size for efficient treatment and removal later.
3. Next, grit is removed in grit chambers. The grit is removed and the disposed of as sanitary landfill.
4. With grit removed, the water passes into a sedimentation tank, in which organic materials settle out and are drawn off for disposal. An alternative to sedimentation that is used in the treatment of some waste water is flotation, in which air is forced into the waste water under pressure of 1.75 to 3.5kg mâ»². The waste water, supersaturated with air, is then discharged into an open tank, there the rising air bubbles cause the suspended solid to rise to the surface, where they are removed.
EXTRACTION OF METALS
OCCURRENCE OF METALS.
The metals which are most in reactivity are extracted from the sea, for example; calcium is extracted from limestone, chalk and marble in the sea.
– Metals of medium reactivity are found in the form of oxides and sulphides
– Least reactive metals are found as free uncombined elements, for example; Gold, Silver etc.
Main natural/forms of metals.
Metals in order of reactivity Main form in nature
Sodium sodium chloride
Calcium calcium carbonate which is limestone / chalk
Aluminium aluminium oxide
Zinc zinc sulphide
Tin tin oxide
Lead lead sulphide
Copper copper pyrites (CuFeS2)
Mercury mercury sulphide
Silver silver sulphide
Gold occurs as a free element
Platinum occurs as a fee element
LOCATION OF METALS IN TANZANIA
Tanzania is a country of mineral rich land.A varieties of metals investigated to exist in many parts of Tanzania. A mass medias of Tanzania are very familiar to some important places like Nyamongo, Buzwagi, Bulyanhulu etc. Those places are very important for the economical fluctuation and personal financial enhancement. Many people migrate there, as a means solving their way of life.
EXTRACTION OF METALS
Extraction is the process whereby metals are obtained from their ores. The ores are reduced to respective metals in the process. The metallic ions gain electrons and become the corresponding atom
-The extraction can be done in two methods;
1. Electrolytic reduction
2. Chemical reduction
Table shows some metals and their methods of extraction
STAGES OF EXTRACTION OF METALS.
There are two stages in the process of extraction of metals from their ores;
1. Ore purification
2. Extraction of the metal
3. Refining of the metal
1. ORE PURIFICATION
After mining the ore from particular process, the ore should be purified. There are almost three methods that can be used to purify the ore.
Is the method used to remove impurities without decomposing any component within the ore. Impurities like sand , limestone, quartz and silicate should be removed by;
– Hand picking
– Filtrating solids
– Sedimentation and Decaution
– Dressing also known as concentration.
Calcination is a process in which ore is heated in the absence of air (to avoid oxide product) below its melting point to expel water from a hydrated oxide or expel carbondioxide from a carbonate.
Roasting is a method used to purify ore by heating in the presence of air. Some time the ore may be mixed with other chemicasl. The roasting needed to make great change to oxide or chlorination.
2. REDUCTION OF OXIDES TO METALS
Carbon reduces oxides of zinc (Zn) and all metals below Zinc (Zn) in the E.C.S metals above Zinc (Zn) in the E.C.S require very high temperature for reduction. So many metals are obtained through electrolysis.
EXTRACTION OF SODIUM
Sodium is extracted by electrolysis of a mixture of molten sodium chloride and calcium chloride. The calcium chloride is added in order to reduce the temperature from over 8000c to 6000c.
The cell used is Down’s cell, sodium is liberated as the cathode, while chlorine is liberate at the anode
The two elements are separated from each other by cylindrical iron gauze
EXTRACTION OF ALUMINIUM
Aluminium is extracted by electrolysis from its ore (oxide Al2O3) which occur as hydrated aluminium oxide (bauxite) Al2O3.2H2O.
The purified bauxite is dissolved in molten cryolite (Na3AlF6) and is electrolyzed. The anode and cathode are both carbon
USES OF ALUMINIUM
1. it’s used for making kitchen vessels such as pots, pans etc.
2. it’s used in moving parts of machines and in engines example; pistons and cylinders.
3. it’s used for making objects that must be as light as possible
Example parts of aero planes, railways trains and truck, buses, lorries, tankers, furniture and car etc
4. in over head tension cables for distribution of electric power
5. Other uses are packing materials for cigarette, sweets, biscuits etc.
EXTRACTION OF IRON AND STEEL
The main ores of iron are haematite, Fe2O3 and Magnetite Fe3O4, iron II carbonate, FeCO3 also occurs. The ore is heated to expel water. It is then loaded into the top of blast of furnace together with coke and limestone
Iron is extracted from its ore by reduction in a blast furnace
Near the base of the furnace where a hot air blast enters by the tuyeres, coke burns in air to produce carbon dioxide, providing the main source of heat for the process
At higher stage still carbon monoxide reduces the ore to iron, some reduction may also occur directly by carbon
As it settles in the furnace the iron melts and drops into the bottom of the funnel
THE FUNCTION OF THE LIMESTONE (CaCO3)
The limestone is heated and decomposes quick lime (CaO) and CO2
The quicklime (CaO) reacts with acid impurities in the ore to form molten slag
Slag and iron are tapped off separately at frequent intervals. The iron being cast into “pigs” and is known as pig iron or cast iron. It contains many impurities like C, P, Si, Mn, S and thus it is brittle. It can however be cast by pouring into moulds as liquid to produce many articles in which great strength is necessary, Si, Mn, S and thus it is brittle. It can however be cast by pouring into moulds as liquid to produce many articles in which great strength is necessary.
Example; Railings, water pipes, bases of Bunsen, cookers, stoves etc
It is the purest form of commercial iron. It contains 99% iron and less than 0.25% of carbon, to make wrought iron, cast iron is melted and stirred in a furnace carbon in the cast iron is oxidized away of gas (CO and CO2) while other impurities
Example; Mn and Si are oxidized to a slag
Function of limestone- to remove impurities
(i) The wrought iron is strong and malleable. It can be shaped by hammering at very high temperature, 10000c.
(ii) It is used for making nails, sheets, chains, gates, farm machines etc.
This is an alloy of iron with 0.15% to 0.17% or carbon. Steel is obtained by oxidizing the impurities in molten pig iron using a jet or “tonnage oxygen” directly vertically down the metal; after removing of impurities a calculated mass of carbon and (Ni, Co, Cs, Mn, It needed) is added.
PROPERTIES OF METALS
PHYSICAL PROPERTIES OF METALS AS COMPARED TO NON – METALS
Can be polished and also can be rolled into different shapes. That is why they are useful in manufacture of light weight cans.
Example; Aluminium can be rolled into very thin foils which can be used even for rapping sweets. Lead is soft and bendable. It’s useful in protecting underground cables. Because of its ductility and malleability steel can be brought into different shapes
NB: Malleable substance can be hammered into different shapes. It can be flattened into sheets
– Ductile substance can be drawn into a wire
– A lustrous substance is shiny and can be polished by a steel wool to make it shine.
– A sonorous substance can make noise when hit
Metals are used to make cooking utensils like kettles and saucepans because they are good conductors. Heat can be conducted from source to the food being cooked through them.
3. Metals have high melting points
Although not all metals have high melting points (example Na and K have low densities and float on water and their melting points are low; Na 98oC K 63oC and also mercury which is a liquid metal mp -39oC) most metals do.
The use of tungsten in filaments; alloys of chromium and nickel in heating elements of electric fires and engine in cars and aero planes do utilize this property.
4. Metals have high tensile strength
Metals can support heavy loads steel is useful in making girders, hawsers and chains because of this property the head of hammer is useful because it’s hard and tough.
CHEMICAL PROPERTIES OF METALS
1. Physical strength and chemical strength
– Physical strength results from the way atoms are arranged in a substance, example; Metals of high tensile strength like Fe, Cu and Al and low tensile strength like Na and K.
– Chemical strength, we look in reactivity of the element. This depends on how the electrons are arranged in atom. K and Na have got very low tensile strength but chemically they are the strongest metals.
2. Reducing power of metals
– The reactivity depends on the easiness to donate electrons i.e. reducing power. A more reactive metal can displace a less reactive metal from its compound.
– For example; when we roast copper (i) sulphide we get Cu while when we roast lead sulphide, no lead is made
NB: The more reactive a metal is, the more difficult it is to extract it from its ore
3. Displacement reactions of metals and reactivity
A more reactive metal can displace a less reactive metal from an aqueous solution or its oxide.
Magnesium + zinc oxide
Zinc + Lead nitrate
4. Reaction of metals with water
– As reducing agents, metals react with water to liberate H2(g). K and Na react violently with water while Ca and Mg react violently with steam and Al, Zn, Fe, Pb and Cu have no action on water
5. Reaction of metals with dilute HCl.
– The reaction between K, Na and Ca and dilute HCl to liberate H2(g) is violent and dangerous, while Mg, Al Zn, Fe and Sn and Pb give off H2(g) very slowly.
-The acid needs to be warmed up Cu, Ag and Au are not attached at all.
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