(a) Why do transition elements show variable oxidation states? While Cr3+ is d3 is half-filled (t2g3) is stable in nature and Cr2+ is d4, has one extra electron which it would like to donate to attain the stable half-filled (t2g3) configuration. The more highly charged the ion, the more electrons you have to remove and the more ionisation energy you will have to provide. This is not the case for transition metals. (i) There is in general an increase in density of element from titanium (Z = 22) to copper (Z = 29). When these metals form ions, the 4s electrons are always lost first. Question 10. The amount of energy released when the compound forms. (iii) The large positive E° value for Mn3+ | Mn2+ shows that Mn2+ is much more stable than Mn3+ due to stable half filled configuration (3d5). Question 88. (ns) and (n -1) d electrons have … Examples of variable oxidation states in the transition metals. (Comptt. (i) Mn shows the highest oxidation state of +7 with oxygen because it can form p-pi−d-pi multiple bonds using 2p orbital of oxygen and 3d orbital of Mn. (i) The highest oxidation state of a transition metal is usually exhibited in its oxide. (a) The colour you see is how your eye perceives what is left. Question 21. Assign a reason for each of the following observations: (Comptt. (ii) E°M2+/M values are not regular for first row transition metals due to abnormalities and irregularities in their ionization enthalpies (IE1 + IE1) and sublimation enthalpies. The Sc3+ ion has no d electrons and so doesn't meet the definition. Hence they have high enthalpies of atomization. (All India 2011) Is the inert pair effect not valid for transition metals also? (i) The gradual decrease ‘n’ size (actinoid contraction) from element to element is greater among the actinoids than that among the lanthanoids (lanthanoid contraction). This oxidation state arises from the loss of two 4s electrons. Pb(II), Pb(IV), Sn(II), Sn(IV) etc. (All India 2010) (At. In the iron case, the extra ionisation energy is compensated more or less by the extra lattice enthalpy or hydration enthalpy evolved when the 3+ compound is made. (i) Actinoid contraction is greater than lanthanoid contraction. Transitio n elements show variable oxidation states unlike s and p block elements.The oxidation states changes in units of one, e.g. (i) Write the element which shows maximum number of oxidation states. (b) Give an explanation for each of the following observations : (Comptt. All India 2016) (ii) Lanthanoids show limited number of oxidation state, viz. Question 89. Cr3+ can also be reduced to Cr2+ but less easily. $$\mathrm{vO}_{2}^{+}<\mathrm{Cr}_{2} \mathrm{O}_{7}^{2-}<\mathrm{MnO}_{4}^{-}$$ (b) Write one similarity and one difference between the chemistry of lanthanoid and actinoid elements. Steady and regular decrease in atomic or ionic size with increasing atomic no. (Comptt. Hence E°Cu2+/Cu is positive. How would you account for the following? (ii) Name the element which shows only +3 oxidation state. Explain the following observations : (Comptt. (iii) Because oxygen stabilizes the highest oxidation state even more than fluorine and has ability to form multiple bonds with metal atoms. Actinoids are radioactive while lanthanoids are not radioactive. The partly filled subshells of 'd block' elements include (n-1) d subshell. To write the electronic structure for V3+: The 4s electrons are lost first followed by one of the 3d electrons. Therefore, electrons from both can participate in bond formation and hence show variable oxidation states. This time you have to remove yet another electron from calcium. Describe the preparation of potassium permangnate. and B.P. (ii) Because of high enthalpy of atomisation of 3rd series, there occurs much more frequent metal-metal bonding in compounds of heavy transition metals. If you tried to make CaCl, (containing a Ca+ ion), the overall process is slightly exothermic. Answer: Hence Mn3+ easily changes to Mn2+ and acts as oxidising agent. M(g) + ΔaH → M(g) (ΔaH = enthalpy of atomization) (ii) 2Cu2+ (aq) + 4I– (aq) → Cu2I2 + I2. All show oxidation state +2 (except Sc) due to loss of two 4s electrons. Question 27. But in this case, it isn't true that the half-filled state is the most stable - it doesn't seem very reasonable, but it's a fact! (a) The ability of the transition metal to exhibit variable valency is generally attributed to the availability of more electrons in the (n-1)d orbitals which are closer to the outermost ns orbital in energy levels. The Haber Process combines hydrogen and nitrogen to make ammonia using an iron catalyst. Thus covalent character increases. (ii) MnO is basic while Mn2O7 is acidic. (ii) Basicity difference: Due to lanthanoid contraction, the size decreases from La+3 to Lu+3. 2Cu+ → Cu2+ + Cu. Hence 4d and 5d series metals generally do not form stable cationic species. +2, +3 and +4 (out of which +3 is most common) because of large energy gap between 4f and 5d subshells. I have written a detailed explanation of this on another page called the order of filling 3d and 4s orbitals. Question 84. Furthermore, the oxidation states change in units of one, e.g. (ii) Copper has positive E0(Cu2+/Cu) value because of its high enthalpy of atomization and low enthalpy of hydration. Delhi 2016) i know that-arises from the similar energies required for removal of 4s and 3d electrons. ii. Write balanced chemical equations for the two reactions showing oxidizing nature of potassium permanganate. Hence E0M2+/M for copper is positive. (All India 2012) (i) Because oxygen stabilizes the highest oxidation state (+7 of Mn) even more than fluorine i.e., +4 since oxygen has the ability to form multiple bonds with metal atoms. (All India 2012) Suggest reasons for the following features of transition metal chemistry : Thus in the case of iron, we get the divalent Fe(II) state when only the 2 electrons in the 4s orbital are removed. (Delhi 2014) Why are the apparently higher energy 3d electrons not the ones to get lost when the metal ionises? Question 22. Zn2+ = [Ar] 3d104s04p0 (iii) Sc shows only +3 oxidation state. i. Answer: (Comptt. Why do transition metals have variable oxidation states? 2Cu+ → Cu2+ + Cu (iii) Out of Cr3+ and Mn3+, which is a stronger oxidizing agent and why? (i) 2KMnO4 + 5SO2 + 2H2O → K2SO4+ 2MnSO4 + 2H2SO4 (ii) This is because of filling of 4f orbitals which have poor shielding effect (lanthanoid contraction). The energy difference between these orbitals is very less, so both the energy levels can be used for bond formation. If you do follow the link, use the BACK button on your browser (or the History file or Go menu) if you want to return to this page again. (b) Lanthanoid contraction : The overall decrease in atomic and ionic radii with increasing atomic number is known as lanthanoid contraction. Hence considered as non-transition elements. Answer: K2Cr2O7 + 4H2SO4 → K2SO4 + Cr2(SO4)3 + 4H2O + 3[O] All show +3, but rare in Ni and Cu. Answer: All India 2016) On reduction it gains one electron to become 3d54s0 which is half filled stable configuration. As a result ,electrons of (n-1)d orbitals as well as ns-orbitals take part in bond formation. 5Fe+2 + MnO4– + 8H+ → Mn+2+ 4H2O + 5Fe+3. Answer: Reaction with oxalic acid in Acidic medium 13.2.3 Explain the existence of variable oxidation number in ions of transition elements. (a) Account for the following: Manganese has a very wide range of oxidation states in its compounds. (a) Complete the following chemical equations : It has completely filled ‘d’ orbitals. all the five d-orbitals are singly occupied. (iii) Lanthanoids form primarily +3 ions, while the actinoids usually have higher oxidation states in their compounds, +4 or even +6 being typical. All India 2017) Question 56. PLAY. Sodium chromate. (b) Similarity: Both lanthanoids and actinoids show contraction in size and irregularity in their electronic configuration. Assign reasons for the following : (a) (i) Cr3+ is most stable because of its small size and t32g configuration. (a) KMnO4 is prepared by fusion of MnO2 with an alkali metal hydoxide and an oxidising agent like KNO3. What is Lanthanoid contraction? For example: manganese shows all the oxidation states from +2 to +7 in its compounds. Large Surface area: Finely divided transition metals or their compounds provide a large surface area for adsorption and the adsorbed reactants react faster due to t… Question 17. (ii) Sc (a) What is meant by the term lanthanoid contraction? (i) In general the atomic radii of transition elements decrease with atomic number in a given series. (iii) Along a transition series, the nuclear charge increases which tends to decrease the size but the addition of electrons in the penultimate d-subshell increases the screening effect which counter balances the effect of increased nuclear charge. Answer: (iii) Cu+ ion is not known in aqueous solutions. (ii) Transition metals show variable oxidation states. When transition metals lose electrons, the 4s electrons are lost first. Question 45. (i) Zn is not considered as a transition element. Question 25. Answer: All India 2014) Question 85. (i) The transition metals and their compounds are usually paramagnetic. Oxidation states, (aka oxidation numbers), are numbers that show how many electrons the element would lose or gain if it were to bond to other atoms. Answer: Answer: Hence more stable. Write chemical reactions involved. (iii) Due to the following reasons : - Option 1) V. Option 2) Sc. (i) Zinc Atomic no. energy released). (ii) Because of smaller size of their ions, high ionic charge and availability of vacant d-orbitals, transition metals from a large number of complexes. (Delhi 2010) Answer: Transition elements show variable oxidation states, as electrons may be lost from energetically similar 4s and 3d sub-levels. (Comptt. (ii) Basicity difference : Due to lanthanoid contraction, the size decreases from La+3 to Lu+3. Iron. Question 29. (b) Complete the following equation : How would you account for the following? As transition metals contain a large number of impaired electrons, they have strong interatomic attractions (metallic bonds). (iv) Mn is a strong oxidizing agent in +3 oxidation state because after reduction it attains +2 oxidation state in which it has the most stable half-filled (d5) configuration. Actinoids also show stable +3 oxidation state but show a number of oxidation states i.e. Since, there is very little energy difference between these orbitals, both energy levels can be used for bond formation. (ii) Both O2 and F2 stabilize high oxidation states of transition metals but the ability of oxygen to do so exceeds that of fluorine. (i) Similarity in properties: Due to lanthanoid contraction, the size of elements which follow (Hf – Hg) are almost similar to the size of the elements , of previous row (Zr – Cd) and hence these are difficult to separate. In transition elements, the oxidation state can vary from +1 to the highest oxidation state by removing all its valence electrons. Answer: Hence Mn3+ easily changes to Mn2+ and acts as oxidising agent. (ii) The ionization enthalpies (first and second) in the first series of the transition elements are found to vary irregularly. (iii) Mn2+ exists in half-filled d5 state which is very stable while Mn3+ is d4 which is not so stable. Answer: (All India 2009) (iii) Cu2+(aq) is much more stable than Cu+(aq). Reason: Close similarity in energy of 4s and 3d electrons. (ii) There is similarity in size of elements belonging to same group of second and third transition series. Of the familiar metals from the main groups of the Periodic Table, only lead and tin show variable oxidation state to any extent. This decrease in size in the lanthanoid series is known as lanthanoid contraction. Why do transition elements show variable oxidation states? (i) Cu(I) ion is not known to exist in aqueous solutions. This is explained in detail on another page. (Comptt. Variable oxidation state:Due to variable oxidation state they form unstable intermediate compounds and provide a new path with lower activation energy for the reaction (Intermediate compound formation theory) 2. Question 62. (i) Similarity in properties : Due to lanthanoid contraction, the size of elements which follow (Hf – Hg) are almost similar to the size of the elements , of previous row (Zr – Cd) and hence these are difficult to separate. Iron. Example : In acidic solution Mn (VI) in $$\mathrm{MnO}_{4}^{2-}$$ Option 4) Ti. Answer: Examples of variable oxidation states in the transition metals. (iv) The variation in oxidation states of transition metals is of different type from that of the non-transition metals. All India 2014) (iii) The members of the actinoid series exhibit a larger number of oxidation states than the corresponding members of the lanthanoid series. Thus, transition elements exhibit variable oxidation states. Thus covalent character increases. As in groups 4 and 5, the lightest element exhibits variable oxidation states, ranging from Cr 2 +, which is a powerful reductant, to CrO 3, a red solid that is a powerful oxidant. In other words, the reaction in which an element undergoes self-oxidation and self-reduction simultaneously. (b) Explain the following observations about the transition/inner transition elements : (iii) E° value for the Mn3+/Mn2+ couple is highly positive (+1.57 V) as compared to Cr3+/Cr2+. Answer: While Mn2+ has stable half filled d5 configuration. (iii) The highest oxidation state of a metal is exhibited in its oxide or fluoride due to its high electronegativity. (i) Transition metals show variable oxidation, states. Transition metals: Variable oxidation states. (iii) Cr2+ has the configuration 3d4 which easily changes to d3 due to stable half filled t2g orbitals. The chromite ore FeCr2O4 on fusion with NaOH in presence of air, forms a yellow coloured compound (A) i.e. 2MnO2 + 4KOH + O2 → 2K2MnO4 + 2H2O Transition elements also show variable oxidation states, tendency to form complexes, magnetic nature and other properties. (Delhi 2017) the cause of variable oxidation states among transition elements is that (Delhi 2012) If you can't explain something properly, it is much better just to accept it than to make up faulty explanations which sound OK on the surface but don't stand up to scrutiny! Write two consequences of lanthanoid contraction. (b) What is lanthanoid contraction and what is it due to? (iii) Because of very small energy gap between 5f, 6d and 7s subshells all their electrons can take part in bonding and shows variable oxidation states. (All India) (ii) HCl is not used to the acidify KMnO4 solution because KMnO4 is a very strong oxidizing agent and it can oxidize HCl to liberate chlorine gas. For example, in group 6, (chromium) Cr is most stable at a +3 oxidation state, meaning that you will not find many stable forms of Cr in the +4 and +5 oxidation states. (ii) Cobalt(II) is very stable in aqueous solutions but gets easily oxidised in the presence of strong ligands. What is meant by ‘’disproportionation’? Describe the general trends in the following properties of the first series (3d) of the transition elements : (Delhi 2009) (iii) The E° value for Mn3+ | Mn2+ couple is much more positive than for Cr3+ | Cr2+ or Fe3+ | Fe2+ couple. The mixed oxide of iron and chromium is chromite or chrome ion i.e. ... Show more Show less. Why does it show so? (iv) Name a member of the lanthanoid series which is well known to exhibit +2 oxidation state. Disproportionation: In a disproportionation reaction an element undergoes self-oxidation as well as self-reduction forming two different compounds. E° value for Fe3+ | Fe2+ is positive but small i.e. It is broken at both chromium and copper. Delhi 2013) Answer: (i) The enthalpies of atomization of transition elements are quite high. Also, atomic radius increases as we go down a block. Other metals also form complex ions - it isn't something that only transition metals do. (in) The E°Mn2+/Mn value for manganese is much more than expected from the trend for other elements in the series. (i) Copper atom has completely filled d orbitals (3d10) in its ground state, yet it is regarded as a transition element. The high energy required to transform Cu(s) to Cu2+(aq) is not balanced by its hydration enthalpy. This is because they have empty, half-filled and completely filled 4/ sub-shell respectively which show extra stability. This is due to their valence electrons which are found in two different orbitals i.e., ns and (n-1) d. Up to (+II) oxidation state ns electrons are involved, but in higher oxidation states, electrons of (n-1) d sub-shells are also involved. (i) Cu2+(aq) is much more stable than Cu+(aq). The first few members of the lanthanoids series are quite reactive. (v) MnO4– + 8H+ + 5e– → Mn2+ + 4H2O, Question 83. Copper has high enthalpy of atomisation and low enthalpy of hydration. Hence it is a good oxidising agent. (ii) Which transition metal of 3d series has positive E0(M2+/M) value and why? Basic character of trivalent hydroxide decreases. But off-setting this, the more highly charged the ion, the more energy is released either as lattice enthalpy or the hydration enthalpy of the metal ion. Answer: Trnsition elements show variable oxidation states. (ii) Due to comparable energies of 5f, 6d and 7s orbitals. (b) Explain the following observations : (i) The highest oxidation state is exhibited in oxoanions of transition metals. Contain high density and hard. What is it due to and what consequences does it have on the chemistry of elements following lanthanoids in the periodic table? All transition metals have at least an oxidation state of 2+. Since there is very little energy difference between these orbitals, both energy levels can be used for bond formation. (ii) Due to comparable energies of 5f 6d and 7s orbitals of actinoids, these show larger number of oxidation states than corresponding members of lanthanoids. All India 2013) (Atomic numbers: Ti = 22, V= 23, Mn = 25, Cr = 24) (a) Question 4. Example : VO2+, VO+2, T1O2+. Question 39. Due to small change in atomic radii, the chemical properties of lanthanoids are very similar due to which separation of lanthanoid becomes very difficult. Consequences : Oxidation states lower than +2 are not found in the ordinary chemistries of the transition metals, except for copper. (ii) The E°M2+/M for any metal is related to the sum of the enthalpy changes taking place in the following steps : (iii) The catalytic properties of the transition elements are due to the presence of unpaired electrons in their incomplete d-orbitals and variable oxidation states. why La(OH)3 is most basic while Lu(OH)3 is least basic. Hence, the atomic volume decreases. Due to small change in atomic radii, the chemical properties of lanthanoids are very similar due to which separation of lanthanoid becomes very difficult. 2Cu+ → Cu2+ + Cu, Question 75. (i) Mn shows the highest oxidation state of +7 with oxygen but with fluorine it shows the highest oxidation state of +4. Question 55. It has the maximum number of unpaired electrons. Fusion of chromite ore with sodium carbonate : Question 92. (iii) This happens because the energy difference between 5f, 6d and 7s subshells of the actinoids is very small and hence electrons can be accomodated in any of them. Thus in the case of iron, we get the divalent Fe(II) state when only the 2 electrons in the 4s orbital are removed. (ii) Zr (Z = 40) and Hf (Z = 72) have almost identical radii. Ionic reactions : Question 33. Complete the following chemical equations: (Delhi 2016) This is due to following reasons 1. On the basis of the definition outlined above, scandium and zinc don't count as transition metals - even though they are members of the d block. But you then have to look at why it is stable. (ns) and (n -1) d electrons have approximate equal energies. Thus covalent character increases. Question 46. Hence Mn3+ easily changes to Mn2+ and acts as oxidising agent. On acidification the compound (A) forms an orange coloured compound (B), which is a strong oxidizing agent. Question 9. Answer: Consequences : Explain giving a suitable reason for each of the following : The colour of transition metal ions is due to d-d transition. Hence acting as strong reducing agent. which exhibits the greatest number of oxidation states occurs in the middle of the series. When white light passes through a solution of one of these ions, or is reflected off it, some colours in the light are absorbed. (i) Transition metals form large number of complex compounds. (ii) There is similarity in size of elements belonging to same group of second and third transition series. (i) The transition metals form a large number of interstitial compounds in which small atoms such as hydrogen, carbon, boron and nitrogen occupy the empty spaces in the crystal lattices of transition metals. changes to Mn (VII) in the product $$\mathrm{MnO}_{4}^{-}$$ and to Mn (IV) in the product MnO2. (ii) Cr2+ exists in the d4 system and is easily oxidized to Cr3+ by loosing one electron which has the stable d3/t2g orbital configuration. Question 61. is easily oxidised in the presence of a strong ligand. Similarly, the elements from second and third transition series gain more stability in higher oxidation state than the ones from the first series. (All India 2017) If you aren't so confident, I suggest that you ignore it. (ii) Write one use of compound (C). So, Cr2+ is a strong reducing agent. (a) (i) The catalytic properties of the transition elements are due to the presence of unpaired electrons in their incomplete d- orbitals and variable oxidation states. Answer: Answer: (All India 2014) Answer: Copper has high enthalpy of atomization (i.e. (ii) The variability of oxidation state of transition elements is due to incompletely filled d-orbitals. (ii) Transition metals exhibit variable oxidation states. 2Cu+ → Cu2+ + Cu (b) SC3+ = 4S0 3d3+ = no unpaired electron When it forms ions, it always loses the two 4s electrons to give a 2+ ion with the electronic structure [Ar] 3d10. (ii) The transition metals exhibit variable oxidation states. Delhi 2014) Answer: The variability of oxidation state of transition elements is due to incompletely filled d-orbitals and presence of unpaired electrons, i.e. All India 2015) Answer: These include variable oxidation state (oxidation number), complex ion formation, coloured ions, and catalytic activity. Assign reason for each of the following : (b) Account for the following : Lanthanoid contraction: The overall decrease in atomic and ionic radii with increasing atomic number from La to Lu due to imperfect shielding of 4f-orbital is known as lanthanoid contraction. However, the simplest example is the reaction between ethene and hydrogen in the presence of a nickel catalyst. Here are the changes in the electronic structure of iron to make the 2+ or the 3+ ion. (iii) MnO4– + 8H+ + 5e– → Mn2+ + 4H2O Answer: (i) Mn Answer: Answer: While Mn2+ has stable half filled d5 configuration. (a) (i) latex]\mathrm{Cr}_{2} \mathrm{O}_{7}^{2-}[/latex] + 3H2S + 8H+ → 2Cr3+ + 7H2O + 3S Therefore, Mn2+ is much more resistant than Fe2+ towards oxidation. (i) Copper atom has completely filled d orbitals (3d10) in its ground state, yet it is regarded as a transition element due to incompletely filled d-orbital in its ionic states i.e. There is much more attraction between chloride ions and Ca2+ ions than there is if you only have a 1+ ion. 30 have EC 3d10, 4s2. Fe 2+ and Fe +3, Cu +1 and Cu +2.. Scandium can have an oxidation number of (+II) if both s electrons are used for bonding and (+III) when two s and one d electrons are involved. Solution for (a) Why do transition elements show variable oxidation states? loss of further electrons requires high energy. (a) (i) K2MnO4 from MnO2 (Pyrolusite) : THE GENERAL FEATURES OF TRANSITION METAL CHEMISTRY. How would you account for the following? (i) Cu2+(aq) is much more stable than Cu+(aq). (iii) Calculate the magnetic moment of a divalent ion in aqueous medium if its atomic number is 26. (iii) The value of E° for Mn is more negative than expected from the general trend due to greater stability of half filled d-subshell (d5) in Mn2+. NCERT Solutions for Class 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12. However, there is much less increase when you take the third electron from iron than from calcium. Because 5f electrons are less burned than 4 ‘f’ electrons. What is meant by ‘lanthanoid contraction’? Answer: (ii) Out of Cu+ and Cu2+, which ion is unstable in aqueous solution and why? (a) What is lanthanoid contraction? Alternatively, you could explore the complex ions menu (follow the link in the help box which has just disappeared off the top of the screen). Why do transition elements show variable oxidation states? They don't - there's a subtle difference between the two terms. Explain the following observations : What is lanthanoid contraction? Hence 5f electrons are also taking part in chemical bonding. (v) Complete the following equation : Option 3) Cu. Therefore Cr2+ is reducing agent. The lanthanoid contraction arises due to imperfect shielding of one 4f electron by another present in the same subshell. (b) How is the variability in oxidation states of transition elements different from that of non-transition elements? Answer: Answer: Potassium dichromate (K2Cr2O7) acts as a strong oxidising agent in acidic medium using H2SO4. (i) Many of the transition elements and their compounds can act as good catalysts. Delhi 2014) Delhi 2012) (b) (i) 2MnO4– + 16H+ + 5S2- → 2Mn2+ + 8H2O + 5S. (Comptt. (iii) The members in the actinoid series exhibit a larger number of oxidation states than the corresponding members in the lanthanoid series. (i) Mn shows, maximum number of oxidation states upto +7. Ask Questions, Get Answers Menu X Light is absorbed as electrons move between one d orbital and another. (ii) Although Co2+ ion appears to be stable, it is easily oxidised to Co3+ ion in the presence of a strong ligand. Answer: Transition metals must have d-electrons to spare, and they have variable and interchangeable oxidation states. While Mn2+ has stable half filled d5 configuration. When chromite ore FeCr2O4 is fused with NaOH in presence of air, a yellow coloured compound (A) is obtained which on acidification with dilute sulphuric acid gives a compound (B). Assign reasons for each of the following : The 4s orbital and the 3d orbitals have very similar energies. Question 73. Finely powdered pyrolusite is fused with KOH in the presence of air to give green coloured potassium manganate. (i) Mn shows the highest oxidation state of +7 with oxygen because it can form p-pi−d-pi multiple bonds using 2p orbital of oxygen and 3d orbital of Mn. of electrons from the ligand and offer better stability to the resulting complex. (i) Due to small change in atomic radii, the chemical properties of lanthanoids are very similar due to which separation of lanthanoids becomes very difficult. 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