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1.E: Measurements and Problem-Solving (Exercises)

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  • These are homework exercises to accompany Chapter 1 of the University of Kentucky's LibreText for CHE 103 - Chemistry for Allied Health. Solutions are available below the questions.

    Questions

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    Q1.1.1

    Express the following values in scientific notation.

    1. 150,000,000
    2. 0.000043
    3. 332000
    4. 0.0293
    5. 932
    6. 0.1873
    7. 78,000
    8. 0.0001
    9. 4500
    10. 0.00290
    11. 6281
    12. 0.00700

    Q1.1.2

    Express the following values in decimal notation.

    1. 3.8 x 10-3
    2. 9.21 x 105
    3. 7.91 x 10-2
    4. 2.5 x 106
    5. 3.42 x 10-8
    6. 5.4 x 105
    7. 3 x 10-3
    8. 7.34 x 102
    9. 9.8 x 10-4
    10. 6 x 107
    11. 4.20 x 10-6
    12. 4.20 x 106

    Q1.1.3

    What SI base unit would be appropriate for each measurement?

    1. the length of a room
    2. the amount of carbon in a diamond
    3. the mass of NaCl in a bottle

    Q1.1.4

    List the meaning of each abbreviation of the base units.

    1. m
    2. K
    3. kg
    4. s
    5. mol

    Q1.1.5

    What is the the derived unit from the SI base units for the relationship of each pair of quantities?

    1. mass and volume
    2. distance and time
    3. amount of substance and volume
    4. area

    Q1.1.6

    Give the meaning and name of each metrix prefix abbreviation.

    1. M
    2. m
    3. n
    4. d

    Q1.1.7

    Give the abbreviation and meaning of each metrix prefix.

    1. kilo
    2. centi
    3. micro
    4. giga

    Q1.1.8

    Name the prefix with the following numerical meaning.

    1. 1/10
    2. 1,000,000
    3. 1/1,000,000
    4. 1/100
    5. 1

    Q1.1.9

    Convert each temperature to the missing one between Celsius and Fahrenheit.

    1. 77°F
    2. 212°F
    3. 37°C
    4. 22°C
    5. 95°F
    6. 15°C
    7. 0°F
    8. 0°C
    9. –10°C
    10. –10°F

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    Q1.2.1

    Explain the similarities and differences between accuracy and precision.

    Q1.2.2

    The density of a copper sample was determined by three different students (shown below). Each performed the measurement three times and is reported below (all values in units of g/cm3). The accepted value for the density of copper is 8.92 g/cm3.

    1. Determine if each student's data is accurate, precise, neither or both.
    2. What is the average density based on Justin's data?
    3. What is the average density based on Jane's data?
      • Jane: 8.94, 8.89, 8.91
      • Justin: 8.32, 8.31, 8.34
      • Julia: 8.64, 9.71, and 9.10

    Q1.2.3

    Determine the number of significant figures in each of the following values.

    1. 406
    2. 3.00
    3. 3.20
    4. 0.25
    5. 0.0689
    6. 0.002910
    7. 3941
    8. 46.250
    9. 30.21
    10. 0.10300

    Q1.2.4

    Write each value with three significant figures, use scientific notation if necessary.

    1. 34500
    2. 24
    3. 0.0345
    4. 0.012
    5. 612.8
    6. 98.22
    7. 0.14928
    8. 300

    Q1.2.5

    Give three examples of exact numbers.

    Q1.2.6

    Find the result of each of the following calculations and report the value with the correct number of significant figures.

    1. 0.23 + 12.2 =
    2. 13 - 1.03 =
    3. 0.839 + 0.28925 =
    4. 28 + 34.4 =
    5. 0.8 + 2.3 =
    6. 34.9 - 0.583 =
    7. 21 - 0.132 =
    8. 0.840 + 0.9334

    Q1.2.7

    Find the result of each of the following calculations and report the value with the correct number of significant figures.

    1. 34 x 0.12 =
    2. 68.2 / 0.78 =
    3. 3.29 x 104 x 16.2 =
    4. 0.8449 x 29.7 =
    5. 5.92 x 103 / 0.628 =
    6. 3.00 x 2.6 =
    7. 2.50 x 9.331 =
    8. 3.20 / 12.75 =

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    Q1.3.1

    What is a conversion factor?

    Q1.3.2

    What is the conversion factor between each pair of units?

    1. feet and inches
    2. mL and cm3
    3. kg and g
    4. cm and m
    5. mm and cm
    6. inches and centimeters
    7. grams and pounds
    8. g and µg (mcg)

    Q1.3.3

    Complete each of the following conversions.

    1. 34 cm to m
    2. 3.7 ft to in
    3. 345 mg to Mg
    4. 5.3 km to mm
    5. 4.0 L to mL
    6. 3.45 x 103 mm to km
    7. 78 cm3 to mL
    8. 0.85 kg to dg
    9. 13 pints to gallon
    10. 0.35 L to cm3

    Q1.3.4

    Complete each of the following conversions.

    1. 342 cm3 to dm3
    2. 2.70 g/cm3 to kg/L
    3. 34 mi/hr to km/min
    4. 0.00722 km2 to m2
    5. 4.9 x 105 mcm3 to mm3
    6. 80. km/hr to mi/hr

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    Q1.4.1

    Solve each of the following.

    1. What percent of 35 is 8.2?
    2. What percent of 56 is 12?
    3. What percent of 923 is 38?
    4. What percent of 342 is 118?

    Q1.4.2

    Solve each of the following?

    1. What is 42% of 94?
    2. What is 83% of 239?
    3. What is 16% of 45?
    4. What is 38% of 872?

    Q1.4.3

    Solve each of the following?

    1. 42 is 34% of what number?
    2. 73 is 82% of what number?
    3. 13 is 57% of what number?
    4. 75 is 25% of what number?
    5. 25 is 15% of what number?
    6. 98 is 76% of what number?

    Q1.4.4

    A patient originally weighs 182 pounds and loses 15.0% of their body weight. What is their final weight?

    Q1.4.5

    A patient's original weight was 135 pounds and they lose 12 pounds. What percent of their body weight did they lose?

    Q1.4.6

    A patient needs to increase their calcium supplement by 25% a week. If they are currently taking a 300. mg supplement, how much more will they need to take?

    Q1.4.7

    An infant's birth weight is 7 pounds, 1 ounce. Her discharge weight is 6 pounds, 13 ounces. What percent of her birth weight did she lose?

    Q1.4.8

    A patient needs a 20.% decrease in their medication dosage from 125 mg. What will his dosage be after the decrease?

    Answers

    1.1: Measurements Matter

    Q1.1.1

    1. 1.5 × 108
    2. 4.3 × 10–5
    3. 3.32 × 105
    4. 2.93 × 10–2
    5. 9.32 × 102
    6. 1.873 × 10–1
    7. 7.8 × 104
    8. 1 × 10–4
    9. 4.5 × 103
    10. 2.9 × 10–3
    11. 6.281 × 103
    12. 7 × 10–3

    Q1.1.2

    1. 0.0038
    2. 921000
    3. 0.0791
    4. 2500000
    5. 0.0000000342
    6. 540000
    7. 0.003
    8. 734
    9. 0.00098
    10. 60000000
    11. 0.00000420
    12. 4200000

    Q1.1.3

    1. meter
    2. mole
    3. kilogram

    Q1.1.4

    1. meter
    2. Kelvin
    3. kilogram
    4. second
    5. mole

    Q1.1.5

    1. kg/m3
    2. m/s
    3. mol/m3 is based on SI base units, but mol/L is also acceptable
    4. m2

    Q1.1.6

    1. Mega, 106
    2. milli, 10–3
    3. nano, 10–9
    4. deci, 10–1

    Q1.1.7

    1. k, 103
    2. c, 10–2
    3. µ (or mc), 10–6
    4. G, 109

    Q1.1.8

    1. deci
    2. mega
    3. micro
    4. centi
    5. none (base unit)

    Q1.1.9

    1. 77°F = 25°C
    2. 212°F = 100°C
    3. 37°C = 98.6°F
    4. 22°C = 72°F
    5. 95°F = 35°C
    6. 15°C = 59°F
    7. 0°F = –18°C
    8. 0°C = 32°F
    9. –10°C = 14°F
    10. –10°F = –23°C

    1.2 Significant Figures

    Q1.2.1

    Accuracy is a measure of how close the values are close to the correct value while precision is a measure of how close values are to each other.

    Q1.2.2

    1.  
    • Jane: 8.94, 8.89, 8.91 - accurate and precise
    • Justin: 8.32, 8.31, 8.34 - precise
    • Julia: 8.64, 9.71, and 9.10 - neither accurate nor precise
    1. 8.32 g/cm3
    2. 8.91 g/cm3

    Q1.2.3

    1. 3
    2. 3
    3. 3
    4. 2
    5. 3
    6. 4
    7. 4
    8. 5
    9. 4
    10. 5

    Q1.2.4

    1. 3.45 × 104
    2. 2.40 × 101
    3. 3.45 × 10–2
    4. 1.20 × 10–2
    5. 613 or 6.13 × 102
    6. 9.82 × 101
    7. 0.149 or 1.49 × 10–1
    8. 300. or 3.00 × 102

    Q1.2.5

    Answers will vary. 12 eggs, 100 cm = 1 m, 1 inch = 2.54 cm, 4 people

    Q1.2.6

    1. 0.23 + 12.2 = 12.43 = 12.4
    2. 13 - 1.03 = 11.97 = 12
    3. 0.839 + 0.28925 = 1.12825 = 1.128
    4. 28 + 34.4 = 62.4 = 62
    5. 0.8 + 2.3 = 3.1
    6. 34.9 - 0.583 = 34.317 = 34.3
    7. 21 - 0.132 = 20.868 = 21
    8. 0.840 + 0.9334 = 1.7734 = 1.773

    Q1.2.7

    1. 34 x 0.12 = 4.08 = 4.1
    2. 68.2 / 0.78 = 87.4358974 = 87
    3. 3.29 x 104 x 16.2 = 5.32980 × 105 = 5.33 × 105
    4. 0.8449 x 29.7 = 25.09353 = 25.1
    5. 5.92 x 103 / 0.628 = 9.4267515 × 103 = 9.43 × 103
    6. 3.00 x 2.6 = 7.8
    7. 2.50 x 9.331 = 23.3275 = 23.3
    8. 3.20 / 12.75 = 0.25098 = 0.251

    1.3 Scientific Dimensional Analysis

    Q1.3.1

    A conversion factor is a relationship between two units. The value in the numerator has some equivalence to the value in the denominator.

    Q1.3.2

    1. 1 foot = 12 inches
    2. 1 mL = 1 cm3
    3. 1 kg = 1000 g or 1 × 10–3 kg = 1 g
    4. 100 cm = 1 m or 1 cm = 1 × 10–2 m
    5. 10 mm = 1 cm
    6. 1 inch = 2.54 cm
    7. 454 grams = 1 pound
    8. 1 g = 1 × 106 µg (mcg) or 1 × 10–6 g = 1 µg (mcg)

    Q1.3.3

    1. \(34 \; cm \times \frac{1 \; m}{100\;cm} = 0.34\;m\)
    2. \(3.7 \; ft \times \frac{12 \; in}{1\;ft}=44.4\;in=44\;in\)
    3. \(345\;mg \times \frac{1\;g}{1000\;mg} \times \frac{1\;Mg}{1\times {10}^6\;g}=3.45 \times {10}^{-7}\;Mg\)
    4. \(5.3\;km\times\frac{1000\;m}{1\;km}\times\frac{1000\;mm}{1\;m}=5.3\times{10}^6\;mm\)
    5. \(4.0\;L\times\frac{1000\;mL}{1\;L}=4.0\times{10}^3\;mL\)
    6. \(3.45\times{10}^3\;mm\times\frac{1\;m}{1000\;mm}\times\frac{1\;km}{1000\;m}=3.45\times{10}^{-3}\;km\)
    7. \(78\;{cm}^3\times\frac{1\;mL}{{cm}^3}=78\;mL\)
    8. \(0.85\;kg\times\frac{1000\;g}{1\;kg}\times\frac{10\;dg}{1\;g}=8.5\times{10}^3\;dg\)
    9. \(13\;pints\times\frac{1\;quart}{2\;pints}\times\frac{1\;gallon}{4\;quarts}=1.6\;gallons\)
    10. \(0.35\;L\times\frac{1000\;mL}{1\;L}\times\frac{1\;mL}{1\;{cm}^3}=3.5\times{10}^2\;{cm}^3\)

    Q1.3.4

    1. \(342\;{cm}^3\times\frac{1\;dm}{10\;cm}\times\frac{1\;dm}{10\;cm}\times\frac{1\;dm}{10\;cm}=0.342\;{dm}^3\) or \(342\;{cm}^3\times {\left( \frac{1\;dm}{10\;cm} \right)}^3=342\;{cm}^3\times \frac{{1}^3\;{dm}^3}{{10}^3\;{cm}^3}=0.342\;{dm}^3\)
    2. \(\frac{2.70\;g}{{cm}^3}\times\frac{1\;kg}{1000\;g}\times\frac{1\;{cm}^3}{1\;mL}\times\frac{1000\;mL}{1\;L}=\frac{2.70\;kg}{L}\)
    3. \(\frac{34\;mi}{hr} \times \frac{5280\;ft}{1\;mi} \times \frac{12\;in}{1\;ft}\times \frac{2.54\;cm}{1\;in} \times \frac{1\;m}{100\;cm} \times \frac{1\;km}{1000\;m} \times \frac{1\;hr}{60\;min} = \frac{0.91\;km}{min}\)
    4. \(0.00722\;k{m^2} \times \frac{1000\;m}{1\;km} \times \frac{1000\;m}{1\;km} = 7.22 \times {10^3}\;{m^2}\)
    5. \(4.95 \times {10^5}\;mc{m^3} \times \frac{1\;mm}{1000\;mcm} \times \frac{1\;mm}{1000\;mcm} \times \frac{1\;mm}{1000\;mcm} = 4.95 \times {10^ - }^4\;m{m^3}\)
    6. \(\frac{80.\;km}{hr}\times\frac{1000\;m}{1\;km}\times\frac{100\;cm}{1\;m}\times\frac{1\;in}{2.54\;cm}\times\frac{1\;ft}{12\;in}\times\frac{1\;mi}{5280\;ft}=\frac{50.\;mi}{hr}\)

    1.4 Percentages

    Q1.4.1

    1. \(\%= \frac{part}{whole} \times 100= \frac{8.2}{35} \times 100= 23\% \)
    2. \(\%= \frac{part}{whole} \times 100= \frac{12}{56} \times 100= 21\% \)
    3. \(\%= \frac{part}{whole} \times 100= \frac{38}{923} \times 100= 4.1\% \)
    4. \(\%= \frac{part}{whole} \times 100= \frac{118}{342} \times 100= 34.5\% \)

    Q1.4.2

    1. \(\begin{array}{c}
      \% = \frac{part}{whole} \times 100\\
      42\% = \frac{part}{94} \times 100\\
      part = 39
      \end{array}\)
    2. \(\begin{array}{c}
      \quad \\ \% = \frac{part}{whole} \times 100\\
      83\% = \frac{part}{239} \times 100\\
      part = 198=2.0\times{10}^2
      \end{array}\)
    3. \(\begin{array}{c}
      \quad \\ \% = \frac{part}{whole} \times 100\\
      16\% = \frac{part}{45} \times 100\\
      part = 7.2\\
      \end{array}\)
    4. \(\begin{array}{c}
      \quad \\ \% = \frac{part}{whole} \times 100\\
      38\% = \frac{part}{872} \times 100\\
      part = 1.8\times{10}^2
      \end{array}\)

    Q1.4.3

    1. \(\begin{array}{c}
      \quad \\
      \% = \frac{part}{whole} \times 100\\
      34\% = \frac{42}{whole} \times 100\\
      whole = 1.2\times{10}^2
      \end{array}\)
    2. \(\begin{array}{c}
      \quad \\
      \% = \frac{part}{whole} \times 100\\
      82\% = \frac{73}{whole} \times 100\\
      whole = 89
      \end{array}\)
    3. \(\begin{array}{c}
      \quad \\
      \% = \frac{part}{whole} \times 100\\
      57\% = \frac{13}{whole} \times 100\\
      whole = 23
      \end{array}\)
    4. \(\begin{array}{c}
      \quad \\
      \% = \frac{part}{whole} \times 100\\
      25\% = \frac{75}{whole} \times 100\\
      whole = 3.0\times{10}^2
      \end{array}\)
    5. \(\begin{array}{c}
      \quad \\
      \% = \frac{part}{whole} \times 100\\
      15\% = \frac{25}{whole} \times 100\\
      whole = 1.7\times{10}^2
      \end{array}\)
    6. \(\begin{array}{c}
      \quad \\
      \% = \frac{part}{whole} \times 100\\
      76\% = \frac{98}{whole} \times 100\\
      whole = 129
      \end{array}\)

    Q1.4.4

    \(\begin{array}{l}
    \% = \frac{part}{whole} \times 100\\
    15.0\% = \frac{part}{182\;pounds} \times 100\\
    part = 27.3\;pounds\;lost\\
    \\
    182\;pounds - 27.3\;pounds = 154.7\;pounds = 155\;pounds
    \end{array}\)

    Q1.4.5

    \(\begin{array}{l}
    \% = \frac{part}{whole} \times 100\\
    \% = \frac{12\;pounds}{135\;pounds} \times 100\\
    \% = 8.9\%\;lost\\
    \end{array}\)

    Q1.4.6

    \(\begin{array}{l}
    \% = \frac{part}{whole} \times 100\\
    25\% = \frac{part}{300.\;mg} \times 100\\
    part = 75\;mg\;more\\
    \end{array}\)

    Q1.4.7

    Convert both weights to ounces, find the ounces lost, and then find the percent lost.

    Birth weight: \(\left( 7\;pounds\times 16 \right) + 1\;ounce=113\;ounces\)

    Discharge weight: \(\left( 6\;pounds\times 16 \right) + 13\;ounces=109\;ounces\)

    Weight lost: \(113\;ounces-109\;ounces=4\;ounces\)

    Percent lost from original brith weight.

    \(\begin{array}{l}
    \% = \frac{part}{whole} \times 100\\
    \% = \frac{4\;ounces}{113\;ounces} \times 100\\
    \% = 3.5\% =4\%
    \end{array}\)

    Q1.4.8

    \(\begin{array}{l}
    \% = \frac{part}{whole} \times 100\\
    20\% = \frac{part}{125\;mg} \times 100\\
    part = 25\;mg\;lost\\
    \\
    125\;mg - 25\;mg = 100.\;mg
    \end{array}\)

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