Science NCERT Grade 10, Chapter 5, Periodic Classification of Elements is covered under three different sections. The first section of the chapter focuses on the early attempts at the classification of elements so as to make order out of chaos. Under this section, the emphasis is laid on the following important classification of elements:

• Newland’s law of orders

The drawbacks of both the system of classification mentioned above are also explained in the chapter, Periodic Classification of Elements. In Newland's law of orders, the comparison of elements with that of notes of the musical instrument is shown.
The second section of the chapter, Periodic Classification of Elements talks about Mendeleev's periodic table wherein, the classification of elements is done on the basis of the atomic mass of the elements. The similarity in the chemical properties of elements is explained on the basis of their atomic mass unit. Here, the concepts of groups and periods are explained along with the diagrammatic representation of Mendeleev's table. The achievements and limitations of Mendeleev's periodic table are also covered in the chapter, Periodic Classification of Elements.
The third section of the chapter lays emphasis on the understanding of the modern periodic table. Here, the concept of the atomic number of elements is well explained. The modern periodic table is also represented in the chapter, Periodic Classification of Elements. The position of the elements in the modern periodic table is explained based on the properties like valency, atomic size etc. of the elements.
The metallic and non-metallic properties of elements are explained with respect to its position in the modern periodic table given in the chapter.

The chapter, Periodic Classification of Elements covers the following topics

• Making Order Out Of a Chaos - Early Attempts at the Classification Of Elements
• Making Order Out Of a Chaos - Mendeleev's Periodic Table
• Making Order Out Of a Chaos - The Modern Periodic Table

#### Question 1:

Did Dobereiner’s triads also exist in the columns of Newlands’ Octaves? Compare and find out.

Only one triad of Dobereiner’s triads exists in the columns of Newlands’ octaves. The triad formed by the elements Li, Na, and K of Dobereiner’s triads also occurred in the columns of Newlands’ octaves.

 Li Ca Cl Na Sr Br K Ba I

Newlands’ octaves

 H Li Be B C N O F Na Mg Al Si P S Cl K Ca Cr Ti Mn Fe Co and Ni Cu Zn Y In As Se Br Rb Sr Ce and La Zr − −

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#### Question 2:

What were the limitations of Dobereiner’s classification?

Limitation of Dobereiner’s classification:

All known elements could not be classified into groups of triads on the basis of their properties.

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#### Question 3:

What were the limitations of Newlands’ Law of Octaves?

Limitations of Newlands’ law of octaves:

(i) It was not applicable throughout the arrangements. It was applicable up to calcium only. The properties of the elements listed after calcium showed no resemblance to the properties of the elements above them.

(ii) Those elements that were discovered after Newlands’ octaves did not follow the law of octaves.

(iii) The position of cobalt and nickel in the group of the elements (F, Cl) of different properties could not be explained.

(iv) Placing of iron far away from cobalt and nickel, which have similar properties as iron, could also not be explained.

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#### Question 1:

Use Mendeleev’s Periodic Table to predict the formulae for the oxides of the following elements:

K, C, Al, Si, Ba.

K is in group 1. Therefore, the oxide will be K2O.

C is in group 4. Therefore, the oxide will be CO2.

Al is in group 3. Therefore, the oxide will be Al2O3.

Si is in group 4. Therefore, the oxide will be SiO2.

Ba is in group 2. Therefore, the oxide will be BaO.

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#### Question 2:

Besides gallium, which other elements have since been discovered that were left by Mendeleev in his Periodic Table? (any two)

Scandium and germanium

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#### Question 3:

What were the criteria used by Mendeleev in creating his Periodic Table?

Mendeleev’s periodic table was based on the observation that the properties of elements are a periodic function of their atomic masses. This means that if elements are arranged in the increasing order of their atomic masses, then their properties get repeated after regular intervals.

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#### Question 4:

Why do you think the noble gases are placed in a separate group?

Noble gases are inert elements. Their properties are different from the all other elements. Therefore, the noble gases are placed in a separate group.

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#### Question 1:

How could the Modern Periodic Table remove various anomalies of Mendeleev’s Periodic Table?

Mendeleev was unable to give fixed position to hydrogen and isotopes in the periodic table. In Mendeleev’s periodic table, the increasing manner of atomic mass of the elements is not always regular from one to its next. It was believed that a more fundamental property than atomic mass could explain periodic properties in a better manner.

It was Henry Moseley who demonstrated that atomic number of an element could explain periodic properties in a better way than atomic mass of an element and arranged the elements in increasing order of their atomic numbers. Then it was found that the various anomalies of Mendeleev’s periodic table were removed by the modern periodic table.

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#### Question 2:

Name two elements you would expect to show chemical reactions similar to magnesium. What is the basis for your choice?

Calcium (Ca) and strontium (Sr) are expected to show chemical reactions similar to magnesium (Mg). This is because the number of valence electrons (2) is same in all these three elements. And since chemical properties are due to valence electrons, they show same chemical reactions.

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#### Question 3:

Name

(a) three elements that have a single electron in their outermost shells.

(b) two elements that have two electrons in their outermost shells.

(c) three elements with filled outermost shells.

(a) Lithium (Li), sodium (Na), and potassium (K) have a single electron in their outermost shells.

(b) Magnesium (Mg) and calcium (Ca) have two electrons in their outermost shells.

(c) Neon (Ne), argon (Ar), and xenon (Xe) have filled outermost shells.

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#### Question 4:

(a) Lithium, sodium, potassium are all metals that react with water to liberate hydrogen gas. Is there any similarity in the atoms of these elements?

(b) Helium is an unreactive gas and neon is a gas of extremely low reactivity. What, if anything, do their atoms have in common?

(a) Yes. The atoms of all the three elements lithium, sodium, and potassium have one electron in their outermost shells.

(b) Both helium (He) and neon (Ne) have filled outermost shells. Helium has a duplet in its K shell, while neon has an octet in its L shell.

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#### Question 5:

In the Modern Periodic Table, which are the metals among the first ten elements?

Among the first ten elements, lithium (Li) and beryllium (Be) are metals.

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#### Question 6:

By considering their position in the Periodic Table, which one of the following elements would you expect to have maximum metallic characteristic?

Since Be lies to the extreme left hand side of the periodic table, Be is the most metallic among the given elements.

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#### Question 1:

Which of the following statements is not a correct statement about the trends when going from left to right across the periods of periodic Table.

(a) The elements become less metallic in nature.

(b) The number of valence electrons increases.

(c) The atoms lose their electrons more easily.

(d) The oxides become more acidic.

(c) The atoms lose their electrons more easily.

(On moving from left to right across the periods of the periodic table, the non-metallic character increases. Hence, the tendency to lose electrons decreases.)

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#### Question 2:

Element X forms a chloride with the formula XCl2, which is a solid with a high melting point. X would most likely be in the same group of the Periodic Table as

(a) Na (b) Mg (c) Al (d) Si

(b) X would most likely be in the same group of the Periodic Table as magnesium (Mg).

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#### Question 3:

Which element has

(a) two shells, both of which are completely filled with electrons?

(b) the electronic configuration 2, 8, 2?

(c) a total of three shells, with four electrons in its valence shell?

(d) a total of two shells, with three electrons in its valence shell?

(e) twice as many electrons in its second shell as in its first shell?

(a) Neon has two shells, both of which are completely filled with electrons (2 electrons in K shell and 8 electrons in L shell).

(b) Magnesium has the electronic configuration 2, 8, 2.

(c) Silicon has a total of three shells, with four electrons in its valence shell (2 electrons in K shell, 8 electrons in L shell and 4 electrons in M shell).

(d) Boron has a total of two shells, with three electrons in its valence shell (2 electrons in K shell and 3 electrons in L shell).

(e) Carbon has twice as many electrons in its second shell as in its first shell (2 electrons in K shell and 4 electrons in L shell).

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#### Question 4:

(a) What property do all elements in the same column of the Periodic Table as boron have in common?

(b) What property do all elements in the same column of the Periodic Table as fluorine have in common?

(a) All the elements in the same column as boron have the same number of valence electrons (3). Hence, they all have valency equal to 3.

(b) All the elements in the same column as fluorine have the same number of valence electrons (7). Hence, they all have valency equal to 1.

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#### Question 5:

An atom has electronic configuration 2, 8, 7.

(a) What is the atomic number of this element?

(b) To which of the following elements would it be chemically similar? (Atomic numbers are given in parentheses.)

N(7) F(9) P(15) Ar(18)

(a) The atomic number of this element is 17.

(b) It would be chemically similar to F(9) with configuration as 2, 7.

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#### Question 6:

The position of three elements A, B and C in the Periodic Table are shown below −

 Group 16 Group 17 − − − A − − B C

(a) State whether A is a metal or non-metal.

(b) State whether C is more reactive or less reactive than A.

(c) Will C be larger or smaller in size than B?

(d) Which type of ion, cation or anion, will be formed by element A?

(a) A is a non-metal.

(b) C is less reactive than A, as reactivity decreases down the group in halogens.

(c) C will be smaller in size than B as moving across a period, the nuclear charge increases and therefore, electrons come closer to the nucleus.

(d) A will form an anion as it accepts an electron to complete its octet.

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#### Question 7:

Nitrogen (atomic number 7) and phosphorus (atomic number 15) belong to group 15 of the Periodic Table. Write the electronic configuration of these two elements. Which of these will be more electronegative? Why?

 Element K L M Nitrogen Phosphorus 2 5 2 8 5

Nitrogen is more electronegative than phosphorus. On moving down a group, the number of shell increases. Therefore, the valence electrons move away from the nucleus and the effective nuclear charge decreases. This causes the decrease in the tendency to attract electron and hence electronegativity decreases.

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#### Question 8:

How does the electronic configuration of an atom relate to its position in the Modern Periodic Table?

In the modern periodic table, atoms with similar electronic configurations are placed in the same column. In a group, the number of valence electrons remains the same.

Elements across a period show an increase in the number of valence electrons.

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#### Question 9:

In the Modern Periodic Table, calcium (atomic number 20) is surrounded by elements with atomic numbers 12, 19, 21, and 38. Which of these have physical and chemical properties resembling calcium?

The element with atomic number 12 has same chemical properties as that of calcium. This is because both of them have same number of valence electrons (2).

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#### Question 10:

Compare and contrast the arrangement of elements in Mendeleev’s periodic Table and the Modern Periodic Table.