Periodic Classification of Elements
(Chapter Notes and CBSE exam questions and answers)
Modern Periodic TableVertical Columns or Groups
There are 18 groups in the periodic table.
- First group elements are called alkali metals.
- Second group elements are called alkaline earth metals. They are not as soft as Group 1.
- Groups three to twelve are called transition elements.
- Group 1, 2 and 13 - 18 are called normal elements or main group elements or representative elements.
- Group 16 elements are called chalcogens (except polonium).
- Group 17 elements are called halogen family.
- Group 18 elements are called noble elements (earlier called inert gas group).
- The lanthanides and actinides which form part of the group 3 are called inner transition elements.
Horizontal Rows are called periods in Periodic Table. There are seven periods or rows.
- First period (Atomic number 1 and 2): This is the shortest period. It contains only two elements (hydrogen and helium).
- 2nd Period: (Atomic number 3 to 10): It contains eight elements (lithium to neon).
- Third period (Atomic number 11 to 18): It contains eight elements (sodium to argon).
- Fourth period (Atomic number 19 to 36): Row contains eighteen elements (potassium to
krypton). i.e. 8 normal elements and 10 transition elements.
- 5th period (Atomic number 37 to 54): Contains 18 elements (rubidium to xenon). Includes 8 normal elements and 10 transition elements.
- Sixth period (Atomic number 55 to 86): The longest period. It contains 32 elements (ceasium to radon). Has 8 normal elements, 10 transition elements and 14 inner transition elements (lanthanides).
- 7th period (Atomic number 87 to 118): As like the sixth period, this period also can accomodate 32 elements. Till now 26 elements have been authenticated by IUPAC.
The periodic table includes “blocks” defined in terms of which type of orbital is being filled via the Aufbau principle. This gives us the s-block, p-block, d-block, and f-block.
The number of elements discovered so far is 118. The last element authenticated by IUPAC is Cn112 (Copernicium).
Properties of Periods:
As you proceed to the left in a period or as you proceed down within a group:
- The Metallic Strength increases (Non-Metallic Strength decreases).
- The Atomic Radius increases.
- The Ionization Potential decreases.
- The Electron Affinity decreases.
- The Electronegativity decreases.
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Q1: What are the defects in Modern Periodic Table?
Answer: Following are the defects:
- Position of hydrogen still dicey. It is not fixed till now.
- Position of lanthanides and actinides has not been given inside the main body of periodic table.
- It does not reflect the exact distribution of electrons of some of transition and inner transition
- In a period of the periodic table, the number of valence electrons increases as atomic number increases. As a result, elements change from metal to metalloid to nonmetal to noble gas.
- Atomic size is a periodic property. As atomic number increases in a period, atomic radius
decreases. As atomic number increases in a group, atomic radius increases.
- Positive ions have smaller atomic radii than the neutral atoms from which they derive. Negative ions have larger atomic radii than their neutral atoms.
- Positive ions in the same group increase in size down the group.
- In a group, each element has the same number of valence electrons. As a result, the elements
in a group show similar chemical behavior.
- Metallic character decreases from left to right in a period because of the increase in the
effective nuclear charge.
- Non-metallic character increase from left to right in a period because of ncrease in
effective nuclear charge.Non-metallic character decreases down the group because of increase in the size of the
Answer: Electronic configuration of X (Z=12): 2, 8, 2
Electronic configuration of Y (Z=16): 2, 8, 6
Both these elements belong to third period. An ionic bond is formed between X and Y due to transfer of two electrons from X to Y.
Q4: The present classification of elements is based on which fundamental property of elements?
Answer: Atomic Number is the basis.
Q5: Li, Na and K are the elements of a Dobereiners Triad. If atomic mass of Li is 7 and that of K is 39. What would be the atomic mass of Na?
Answer: According of Dobereiner’s law of triads, the atomic mass of the middle element, in this case Na, should be the arithmetic mean of Li and K.
arithmetic mean of Li and K = (7 + 39)/2 = 23 (Answer)
Q6: Define Dobereiner’s law of triads.
Answer: It states, "when elements are placed in order of the ascending order of atomic masses, groups of three elements having similar properties are obtained. The atomic mass of the middle element of the triad is equal to the mean of the atomic masses of the other two elements of the triad."
Q7: Why did Dobereiner's system of classification fail?
- Major drawback of Deberneir’s classification was that it was valid only for a few groups of elements known during that time. He was able to identify three triads only.
- Also with more accurate measurements of atomic masses showed that the mid element of the triad did not really have the mean value of the sum of the other two elements of the triad.
- For elements of very low mass or very high mass, the law did not hold good. For example Flourine(F), Chlorine (Cl), Bromine(Br). Atomic mass of Cl is not an arithmetic mean of atomic masses of F and Br
Answer: In the Modern Periodic Table, a zig-zag line separates metals from non-metals. The borderline elements – boron, silicon, germanium, arsenic, antimony, tellurium and polonium – are intermediate in properties and are called metalloids or semi-metals.
Q9: Why does Silicon classified as metalloid?
Answer: Silicon is classified as a semi-metal or metalloid because it exhibits some properties of both metals and non-metals.
Q10: State Newland's law of octaves.
Answer: Elements are arranged in increasing order of their atomic masses such that the properties of the eighth element is repetition of the properties of first element ( similar to eighth note in an octave of music).
Q11: X and Y are the two elements having similar properties which obey Newlands law of octaves. How many elements are there in between X and Y?
Answer: The law states there are eight elements in an octave (row). No. of elements between X and Y is six.
Q12: What are the drawbacks of Newland's law of octaves?
Answer: Following are the major drawbacks:
- Worked well with lighter elements (upto Calcium). After that elements in eighth column did not possess properties similar to element in first column.
- Newland assumed only 56 elements existed so far. Later new elements were discovered which did not fit into octaves table.
- Newland adjusted few elements in a same slot though their properties were quite different. E.g. Cobalt and nickel are in the same slot and these are placed in the same column as fluorine, chlorine and bromine which have very different properties than these elements. Iron, which resembles cobalt and nickel in properties, has been placed far away from these elements.
Answer: Following two trends are observed.
- Within each column (group), atomic radius tends to increase from top to bottom. This trend results primarily from the increase in the number of the outer electrons. As we go down a column, the outer electrons have a greater probability of being farther from the nucleus, causing the atom to increase in size.
- Within each row (period), atomic radius tends to decrease from left to right. The major factor influencing this trend is the increase in the nuclear charge as we move across a row. The increasing effective nuclear charge steadily draws the valence electrons closer to the nucleus, causing the atomic radius to decrease.
Q14: Name the scientist who proposed modern periodic law? On which fundamental property of elements it is based?
Answer: Henry Moseley. He proposed atomic number should be chosen as fundamental property (instead of atomic mass) to classify elements.
Q15: On what basis did Mendeleev arrange the elements?
Answer: On the basis of atomic masses.
Q16: An element R of atomic number 12 combines separately with NO3- and (SO4)2-, (PO4)3- radicals.
a) Write the electronic configuration of element R
b) Write the formulae of the three compounds so formed.
c) To which group of the periodic table does the element ‘R’ belong?
d) Does it form covalent or ionic compound? Why?
a) Electronic configuration of R is 2,8,2.
b) Compounds formed are: R(NO3)2, R(SO4) and R(PO4)2
c) R has two valence electrons and hence it belongs to second group.
d) It forms ionic compound by loosing two electrons to attain stable electronic configuration.
Q17(NCERT): Why do you think the noble gases are placed in a separate group?
Answer: Due to following reasons:
- Similar inert behaviour
- Similar electronic configuration
- Available in low concentration.
Answer: Scandium (Sc) and Germanium(Ge)