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# Of The GCE O Level 2013 Chemistry 5072 MCQ Paper 1 Suggested Answers & Solutions

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12 Nov 2013

#### Finished In Front Of The Toilet

Exhausted from helping to prepare multiple answers to multiple papers (gosh this year’s exam timetables are really MEH 🙁 ), I once again slumped against my chair at The Temple in front of what is possibly the most beautiful, most ammonia (NH₃) pungent smell-free toilet you’ll ever find in any tuition centre in Singapore 😛

The Temple‘s twin toilet – obsessively cleaned of *ahem* “organic compounds” to ensure a pleasant stay

It’s been raining all morning, but thankfully the gloomy weather didn’t translate into doom and gloom in today’s O Level Chemistry MCQ paper.

The list of workings and explanations for each of the answers (where applicable) for the GCE O Level 2013 Chemistry Paper 1 MCQ have been compiled!

• 1.2: Added further explanations to:
Q16 – Why Y is not oxidation due to unchanged oxidation state of elements in ethanoic acid.
Q32 – Why nitrogen does not undergo a reaction in the blast furnace.
Q36 – Note on cis-trans isomers *sigh*
• 1.1: Q23 – corrected typo in explanation. Should be options A, B & C excluded.

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2013 O-Level October/November Chemistry 5072 Paper 1 Suggested Solutions
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1. anonymous commented in tuition class

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For qn36 wikipedia answer is 4. For qn32 some people put nitrogen as well because of the high temperature. some people also put oxygen only.

2. anonymous commented in tuition class

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Hi, for qn16 can it be y is oxidised as well, since the ethanoic acid lost hydrogen?

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For q16, y is not oxidation. The oxidation states of the elements do not change.

• zzz replied to Bob’s comment

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@Bob: Oxidation is the lost of hydrogen actually. In fact if sodium metal is reacted with the ethanoic acid then sodium would indeed have its oxidation state increased by 1.

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@zzz: From The Temple's Alchemist:

"The most accurate and fail-safe way to determine whether a substance has oxidised or reduced is to compare the oxidation states rather than the loss/gain of oxygen and hydrogen.

In this case, the 'loss of hydrogen' does not necessarily mean that oxidation has taken place. The oxidation states of the elements in ethanoic acid remain the same even after reaction.

Also, sodium, if it had reacted with ethanoic acid, would have oxidised but not ethanoic acid which the diagram in the question is indicating."

• Andrew replied to zzz’s comment

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@zzz: Hi, I want to ask you qn 32. I believe that that the necessary gas blown into the bottom of the blast furnace is oxygen only and not other gases. This is because oxygen will then react with carbon to form carbon dioxide (highly exothermic reaction) which will then rises and reduced by carbon to form carbon monoxide. As such, carbon dioxide gas is actually formed in the blast furnace and not supplied from the bottom of the blast furnace. Moreover, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the air is only about 0.03% which can be considered negligible.

3. Janice commented in tuition class

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Hi, I would like to know that what's the minimum MCQ score that one has to get to achieve an A1, based on past years experience.

4. a commented in tuition class

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q16 should be Y and X. they asked for reaction that undergone oxidation, ethanoic acid + sodium. ethanoic acid loses one H. besides, Na increases its os from 0 to +1 to form the salt

5. Anon commented in tuition class

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For qn 16, there is a loss in hydrogen. Isn't that an oxidizing reaction?
For qn 30, the experiment seems to be in an airtight condition so there cannot be presence of air right?

6. Dan commented in tuition class

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Hi isn't the answer for question 12 A, and not D? I believe water molecules stay as molecules but do not form ions in an aqueous salt solution? Unless you're referring to electrolysis which isn't in this case?

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@Dan: From The Temple's Alchemist:

"Dissociation of water in aqueous solutions occurs irrespective of whether electrolysis has taken place.

As such, aqueous copper (II) chloride should have hydrogen and hydroxide ions on top of copper and chloride ions.

This applies Q27 as well."

7. yiling commented in tuition class

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Hi, what do you think would be the minimum mark requirement for mcq to secure an A1?

8. random commented in tuition class

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random, just giving my 2 cents worth, IMO the cis - trans is not that important and cambridge should not ask for it as O levels only include structural but not spatial or geometric isomerism

9. Teh commented in tuition class

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For qn32, they said gases that go in from the bottom of the blast furnace. Doesn't that mean only oxygen reacts because carbon dioxide is only obtained when oxygen travels up the blast furnace and reacts with the coke?

10. Anon commented in tuition class

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For question 36, the 4 isomers can actually be deduced just by drawing out. It does not have to be in syllabus but rather based on present knowledge, can be deduced. Answer should be c.

11. anony commented in tuition class

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Hi all, can you post your marks here? We can see the trend and difficulty level this time. I got 36.

12. Pill commented in tuition class

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