12. ATOMS (Long Answer Type Question)


Q.1. (a) What is Rutherford’s a-scattering experiment ?
(b) Describe Rutherfor’s atomic model.

Ans ⇒ (a) Ratherford’s α-scattering experiment : To find out the structure of atom Rutherford performed an experiment. In this experiment he obtained α-particle from radioactive substance and made to incident on atoms of different elements. He found that α-particles are deflected in different directions. He made to incident α-rays on thin gold foil. the fine pencil of ray (particle) having high kinetic energy (K.E.) obtained from radioactive element polonium. To measure the feflection of α-particles a scientilation counter is used having a flourescent screen. When α-particle strikes with screen, they are visible in microscope. Counter is adjusted in different situation the deflection of a-particles are measured. The total arrangement is kept in vacuum, so that there is no collision of α-particles with air particles.

From this experiment Rutherford found following :
(i) Most of α-particels cross gold foil without deviation. It was concluded that most of the part of atom is hollow.

(ii) Some α-particles are scattered in different direction from their original path. This angular distribution of a-particles is fixed Since α-particles are positively charged so object which is deviating them must have positive charge. It was concluded that total positive charge of atom is concentrated at the centre.

(iii) Some α-particles (one in 20,000) are such which are returned by 90° or more. This is called back scattering. It was concluded that high repulsive force should be needed to return a-particles of high speeds.
It was concluded that high repulsive force

On the basis of his experiment he gave following important facts about structure of atom:

(i) Discovery of nucleus : Rutherford told that total positive charge and mass are concentrated in a given small region called nucleus of atom. Beside it, he estimated the radius of nucleus as 10-14 metre (order). Nucleus is 1/104 times the size of atom.
Discovery of nucleus

(ii) Coulomb’s law is correct for atomic distance. and (iii) Calculated the size of nucleus.

(b) Rutherford’s model of atom : Rutherford presented a model of atom in 1911 to explain the results obtained from α-scattering experiment. This is called Rutherford’s model. Its main characteristics are as follow :
             (i) Total mass and total positive charge of atom is concentred at its centre (nucleus). The order of nucleus is of the order of 10-15 metre.

             (ii) Electrons are distributed in hollow sphere of radius 10-10 metre around the nucleus, the total negative charge of electrons is equal to total positive charge.

             (iii) Electrons in atom are not stationary. If they are taken to be stationary then they should fall in nucleus due to force of attraction. But it is not so. He proposed that electron revolve in different orbit around the nucleus. The necessary centripetal force is obtained or provided by Coulomb’s force acting between nucleus and electron.

Q.2. State Bohr’s postulates for an atom ? Calculate energy of moving electron for nth orbit ? What is the significance of negative energy ?

Ans ⇒ Bohr’s atom model : Using Maxwell’s planck quantum theory, Both explained the spectrum of Hydrogen atom and presented a new model of atom. It has following postulates:

             (i) Atom is speherical whose central part is positively charge called nucleus. The charge on nucleus is +ze, where z is atomic mumber & e electronic charge.

            (ii) Electrons move round the nucleus in circular orbits & they do not emit energy. They are called non radiatiing path or stable orbit.

            (iii) The electrostatic force between nucleus & electron provides it necessary centripetal force i.e…
.                             The electrostatic force between nucleus

            (iv) Electrons revolve in those orbits only in which their angular momentum is integral multiple of h/2π
.                              Electrons revolve in those orbits only in which their angular momentum

    (v) When electron goes from higher orbit to lower orbit, there is emission of energy but when it goes from lower to higher orbit, energy is absorbed in terms of photon (hv) i.e. When electron goes from higher orbit

Only photon of fixed frequency is emitted from an atom due to which line spectrum is obtained.
                   Lines of Hydrogen spectrum : Expression for energy of n electron th orbit : Here, En = Kinetic energy + potential energy
Lines of Hydrogen spectrumExplain a nuclear reactor in detail

Q.3. Explain a nuclear reactor in detail.

Ans ⇒ Nuclear reactor is a device in which nuclear fission is maintained as a self-supporting yet controller chain reacetion.

Construction : Components of a nuclear reactor is shown in figure.
Components of a nuclear reactor is shown in figure

Main components of the reactor :
(i) Fissionable material (Fuel) : the fissionable material used in the reactor is called the fuel of the reactor. Uranium (U235), Thorium (th235) and Plutonium isotopes (Pu259, Pu240 and Pu241) are the most commonly used fuels in the reactor.

(ii) Moderator : Moderator is sued to slow down the efast moving neutrons. Most commonly used moderators are graphite, water and heavy water. When heavy water is used as a modrator, then ordinary or non-enriched uranium can be used as a fuel because heavy water has more neutrons to produce fission. In case of ordinary water as moderator (heaving few neutrons), enriched uranium is used as a fuel.

(iii) Contro, Material : Control material is used to control the chain reaction and to maintain a stable rate of reaction. this material controls the number of neutrons available of the fission. For example, cadmium rods are inserted into the core of the reactor because they can absorb neutrons. The neutrons available for fission are controlled by moving the cadmium rods in or out of the core of the reactor.

(iv) Colant : It is a cooling material which removes the heat generated due to fission in reactor. Commonly used coolantsare water, CO2 nitrogen etc.

(v) Protective shield : A protective shield in the form a concerte thick wall surrounds the core of the reactor to save the pesons working around the reactor from the hazardus radiations.

Working : A few 92U235 nuclei undergo fission liberating fast neutrons. these fast neutrons are slowed down to an energy of about 0.025 eV by the surrounding moderator (graphite). The cadmium rods are used to control the chain reaction. The fission produces heat in the nuclear reactor core, the coolant transfers this heat from the core to the heat exchanger, where steam produced at a very high pressure runs a turbine and the electricity is obtained at the generator. The dead steam from the turbine condenses into water and is returned to the heat exchange.

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