Physical Chemistry Trivia Quiz

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Physical chemistry is the science that must explain under provisions of physical experiments the reason for what is happening in complex bodies through chemical operations. The quiz helps some of the mysteries behind the history of Physical Chemistry. It also asks questions about the elements and branches of physical chemistry.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Physical Chemistry deals with all of these except?

    • A.

      Chemical Thermodynamics

    • B.

      Chemical Kinetics

    • C.

      Electrlytes

    • D.

      Biochemistry

    Correct Answer
    D. Biochemistry
    Explanation
    Physical Chemistry is a branch of chemistry that focuses on the study of the physical and chemical properties of matter and the changes it undergoes during chemical reactions. It encompasses various areas such as chemical thermodynamics, which deals with the energy changes in chemical reactions; chemical kinetics, which studies the rates of chemical reactions; and electrolytes, which are substances that conduct electricity when dissolved in water or melted. However, biochemistry is not considered a part of physical chemistry as it primarily focuses on the chemical processes and substances that occur within living organisms.

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  • 2. 

    What is Physical Chemistry?

    • A.

      It is the study of the atomic, subatomic phonemena of chemical systems

    • B.

      It is the study of macroscopic chemical systems

    • C.

      All of the above 

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. All of the above 
    Explanation
    Physical chemistry is the study of both the atomic, subatomic phenomena of chemical systems and macroscopic chemical systems. This field of chemistry encompasses the understanding of the physical properties, behavior, and interactions of matter at the atomic and molecular level, as well as the study of chemical reactions and their effects on a larger scale. Therefore, the correct answer is "All of the above" as physical chemistry covers both microscopic and macroscopic aspects of chemical systems.

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  • 3. 

    Who coined the term Physical chemistry?

    • A.

      Josiah Willard Gibbs

    • B.

      Chemie Zeitschrift

    • C.

      Joback Lydersen

    • D.

      Mikhail Lomonosov

    Correct Answer
    D. Mikhail Lomonosov
    Explanation
    Mikhail Lomonosov is credited with coining the term "Physical chemistry." Lomonosov was a Russian scientist who made significant contributions to various fields, including chemistry. He introduced the term "Physical chemistry" in his publication "Foundations of the Science of Chemistry" in 1752. Lomonosov's work laid the foundation for the study of the physical properties and behavior of chemical substances, leading to the establishment of the field of Physical chemistry.

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  • 4. 

    What year was the term Physical Chemistry coined?

    • A.

      1752

    • B.

      1800

    • C.

      1700

    • D.

      1852

    Correct Answer
    A. 1752
  • 5. 

    All of these person were part of the development of Physical Chemistry excepy?

    • A.

      Svante August Arrhenius

    • B.

      Isaac Newton

    • C.

      Josiah Willard Gibbs

    • D.

      Wilhelm Ostwald

    Correct Answer
    B. Isaac Newton
    Explanation
    Isaac Newton is not considered a part of the development of Physical Chemistry because his work primarily focused on classical mechanics, mathematics, and physics. Physical Chemistry, on the other hand, is a branch of chemistry that deals with the study of the physical properties and behavior of matter, as well as the energy changes that occur during chemical reactions. While Newton's contributions to science were significant and influential, they were not specifically related to the development of Physical Chemistry.

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  • 6. 

    When did the development of Quantum Mechanics into Quantum Chemistry happen?

    • A.

      1910s

    • B.

      1920s

    • C.

      1890s

    • D.

      1930s

    Correct Answer
    D. 1930s
    Explanation
    The development of Quantum Mechanics into Quantum Chemistry happened in the 1930s. This was a crucial period when scientists like Linus Pauling, Robert Mulliken, and Erwin Schrödinger made significant contributions to the field. They developed mathematical models and equations to describe the behavior of electrons in atoms and molecules, laying the foundation for the understanding of chemical bonding and reactivity. This breakthrough in the 1930s paved the way for the modern field of Quantum Chemistry, which continues to be a fundamental aspect of chemical research and understanding.

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  • 7. 

    The derivation of nuclear chemistry from physical chemistry happened during which war?

    • A.

      American-Cuban War

    • B.

      American-Vietnam War

    • C.

      World War I

    • D.

      World War II

    Correct Answer
    D. World War II
    Explanation
    During World War II, there was a significant increase in the demand for nuclear energy and weapons, which led to the development of nuclear chemistry as a separate field from physical chemistry. The Manhattan Project, initiated during this time, focused on the development of atomic bombs and nuclear reactors. This project brought together scientists from various disciplines, including chemists, physicists, and engineers, to study and understand the behavior of atomic nuclei and the chemical reactions involving radioactive substances. Thus, World War II played a crucial role in the emergence and advancement of nuclear chemistry.

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  • 8. 

    Who is regarded as father of Physical Chemistry?

    • A.

      Michael Sutton

    • B.

      Wilhelm Ostwald

    • C.

      Mikhail Lomonosov

    • D.

      Svante August

    Correct Answer
    B. Wilhelm Ostwald
    Explanation
    Wilhelm Ostwald is regarded as the father of Physical Chemistry because he made significant contributions to the field. He developed the concept of catalysis and introduced the use of catalysts in chemical reactions. Ostwald also established the first laboratory dedicated to Physical Chemistry and published numerous research papers on the subject. His work helped to bridge the gap between physics and chemistry, leading to the establishment of Physical Chemistry as a distinct discipline.

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  • 9. 

    Some of the relationships that physical chemistry strives to resolve include all these except?

    • A.

      Inter molecular forces

    • B.

      Reaction kinetics on the rates of a reaction

    • C.

      All of the above

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. None of the above
    Explanation
    Physical chemistry strives to resolve all of the relationships mentioned in the options. It aims to understand and explain intermolecular forces, as well as the effect of reaction kinetics on the rates of a reaction. Therefore, the correct answer is "None of the above."

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  • 10. 

    All of these are sub-divisions of physical chemistry except?

    • A.

      Biochemistry

    • B.

      Photochemistry

    • C.

      Electrochemistry

    • D.

      Thermodynamics

    Correct Answer
    A. Biochemistry
    Explanation
    Biochemistry is not a sub-division of physical chemistry because it focuses on the study of chemical processes and substances in living organisms. Physical chemistry, on the other hand, deals with the application of physics principles to understand chemical systems and their behavior. Electrochemistry, photochemistry, and thermodynamics are all sub-disciplines of physical chemistry as they involve the study of chemical reactions, energy changes, and the behavior of matter at a molecular level.

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