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The law of fixed composition

Portrait of John Dalton

Quiz: Dalton's Atomic Theory


1. Dalton based his relative atomic weight scale on:
oxygenhydrogenlithiumheliumcarbon
2. Hydrogen combines with fluorine in a 1:19 weight ratio to form hydrogen fluoride. If every molecule of hydrogen fluoride contains one atom of hydrogen and one atom of fluorine, an atom of fluorine must weigh:
1/19 times the mass of a hydrogen atom38 times the mass of a hydrogen atom
19 times the mass of a hydrogen atom 1/38 times the mass of a hydrogen atom
3. Hydrogen combines with nitrogen in a 3:14 weight ratio to form ammonia. If every molecule of ammonia contains three atoms of hydrogen and one atom of nitrogen, an atom of nitrogen must weigh:
14 times the mass of a hydrogen atom14/3 times the mass of a hydrogen atom
3/14 times the mass of a hydrogen atom 3 times the mass of a hydrogen atom
4. Hydrogen combines with oxygen in a 1:8 weight ratio to form water. If every molecule of water contains two atoms of hydrogen and one atom of oxygen, an atom of oxygen must weigh:
1/16 times the mass of a hydrogen atom8 times the mass of a hydrogen atom
16 times the mass of a hydrogen atom 1/8 times the mass of a hydrogen atom
5. Which of the following is not a postulate of Dalton's atomic theory?
atoms of a single element can have different masses
atoms combine in simple whole number ratios to form compounds
chemical change is a rearrangement of atoms
atoms are not created or destroyed in chemical change
different elements have atoms of different masses

Dalton's Atomic Theory
Page 1: Introduction
Page 2: Dalton's assumptions Five steps forward and one step back.
Page 3: Atoms in compounds An "invisible hand" fixes atom ratios in compounds
Page 4: Atoms in reactions Dance of the atoms
Page 5: Learning check Take a quiz on Dalton's Atomic Theory
Page 6: References and resources

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