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Hydrogen: Lab Reparation Test Position In The Periodic Table

Updated on March 23, 2017
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Position of Hydrogen in the periodic table.

Isotopes of Hydrogen

Lab Reparation Activity series of metals

Industrial preparation

Physical properties

Chemical properties

Test for Hydrogen

Uses of Hydrogen


Position Of Hydrogen In The Periodic Table

Hydrogen occupies a position in group 1 element. Hydrogen can be regarded as belonging to group 7 elements that is those elements with one electron less than their noble gas neighbors so, hydrogen cold be groomed with the halogens on group 7 but due to the way elements are grouped in the periodic travel using the atomic number. It is now proper to place hydrogen in both alkaline metals and halogens although.


isotopes Of Hydrogen



There are three (3) isotopes of hydrogen

a) Protium

b) Deuterium

c) Tritium

It was discoved by Henry Cavendish in 1766.


Lab Reparation


Action of Zinc on an acid-Dil. Hcl

H2SO4 attack metallic Zn with liberation of H2 gas.

No heating is necessary.

Zn(s) + 2Hcl(ag) —> Zncl(aq) + H2(g)

Zn(s) + H2SO4(ag) —> Znso4(aq) +H2(g)

Action of sodium on cold water

The addition of sodium in cold water liberates hydrogen in that water.

2Na(s) + 2H2O(i) —> 2NaOH(ag) + H2(ag)

Action of iron on steam

3Fe(s) + 4H2O(g) —> Fe3O4 +4H2(g)


Hydrogen is placed in the series to indicate the position it would occpy. Metals above hydrogen liberate H from acids while those below it don't. Metals high-up are electroive and very reactive metals below are less reactive.


Industrial Preparation


1. From water gas(Bosch Process)

In this process, steam is allowed to pass over red hot coke(carbon) at 1200°c, a mixture of carbon(ii)oxide and Hydrogen know as water gas is produced. Excess steam is mixed In H2O gas and passed over a catalyst iron(iii)oxide or dmmium(iii)oxide at 450°c. The carbon(ii)oxide in H2O gas is converted to carbon(iv)oxide with yield of hydrogen.

Endothermic (Steam=H2O(g))+ (Coke=C(s)) —>(water gas=CO(g) +H2(g))

Exothermic (H2O gas=CO(g)) + H2(g) —> CO2(g) + 2H2(g)


2. From Methane


Steam is mixed with methane and passed over a nickel catalyst at about 800°c. The mixture of carbon(ii)oxide and hydrogen produced I'd know as synthesis gas

(Methane=CH4(g) + (Steam=H2O(g) —> (Synthesis gas CO(g) + 3H2(g)


3. By Electrolyte Methods



Pure hydrogen is obtained as by-election product in the electrolysis of brine for manufacturing of NaOH and Chlorine.


Physical Properties Of Hydrogen


1. Colourless, odourless and tasteless

2. Neutral to moist litmus paper

3. The highest know substance

4. It has very low boiling point -253°c

5. It is insoluble in H2O


Chemical Properties Of Hydrogen


1. Combination reactions: It combines with metals and non-metals to form electrovalent and covalent hydrides.

a) With Metals: Hydrogen combines with metals to form ionic hydrides.

b) With Oxygen: Hydrogen combines with oxygen to produce steam and burns with pale blue flame.

2H2(g) + O2(g) —> 2H2O(g)

c) With halogens: Hydrogen combines with halogens to produce halides

Cl2(g) + H2(g) —> 2H2O(g)

Br(g) + H2(g) —> 2HBr(g)


Rescuing atom


Hydrogen is a strong rescuing agent

It reduces oxides of Cu, Pb, Fe, and an to metals when heated in steam.

CuO(s) + H2(g) —> Cu(s) +H2O(g)

Fe2O3(s) + 3H2(g) —> Fe(s) + 3H2O



Test For Hydrogen


In sort a lighted splinter into a test tube containing unknown gas it hydrogen, burns with a pop sound.


Uses Of Hydrogen


1. Used in manufacturing of NH3, Hcl and methanol.

2. Used for filling ballons due to its low density.

3. Used in Oxy-hydrogen flame to produce high temperature that can melt metals.

4. Hydrogen is a constituent of many gaseous fuels eg H2O gas and coal gas. Liquid hydrogen is also used as a rocket fuel.

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      Agu Emmanuel 6 months ago from Nigeria

      Thanks Richard

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      Richard 6 months ago

      Nice hub