Chemistry Class 11 NCERT Solutions: Chapter 11 the P Block Elements Part 6 (For CBSE, ICSE, IAS, NET, NRA 2023)

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Q: 22. Give reasons:

(i) Conc. can be transported in aluminium container

(ii) A mixture of dilute and aluminium pieces is used to open drain.

(iii) Graphite is used as lubricant.

(iv) Diamond is used as an abrasive.

(v) Aluminium alloys are used to make aircraft body.

(vi) Aluminium utensils should not be kept in water overnight.

(vii) Aluminium wire is used to make transmission cables.


(i) Concentrated can be stored and transported in aluminium containers as it reacts with aluminium to form a thin protective oxide layer on the aluminium surface. This oxide layer renders aluminium passive.

(ii) Sodium hydroxide and aluminium react to form sodium tetrahydroxoaluminate (III) and hydrogen gas. The pressure of the produced hydrogen gas is used to open blocked drains.

(iii) Graphite has a layered structure and different layers of graphite are bonded to each other by weak van der Waals՚ forces. These layers can slide over each other. Graphite is soft and slippery. Therefore, graphite can be used as a lubricant.

(iv) In diamond, carbon is hybridised. Each carbon atom is bonded to four other carbon atoms with the help of strong covalent bonds. These covalent bonds are present throughout the surface, giving it a very rigid 3-D structure. It is very difficult to break this extended covalent bonding and for this reason, diamond is the hardest substance known. Thus, it is used as an abrasive and for cutting tools.

(v) Aluminium has a high tensile strength and is very light in weight. It can also be alloyed with various metals such as . It is very malleable and ductile. Therefore, it is used in making aircraft bodies.

(vi) The oxygen present in water reacts with aluminium to form a thin layer of aluminium oxide. This layer prevents aluminium from further reaction. However, when water is kept in an aluminium vessel for long periods of time, some amount of aluminium oxide may dissolve in water. As aluminium ions are harmful, water should not be stored in aluminium vessels overnight.

(vii) Silver, copper, and aluminium are among the best conductors of electricity. Silver is an expensive metal and silver wires are very expensive. Copper is quite expensive and is also very heavy. Aluminium is a very ductile metal. Thus, aluminium is used in making wires for electrical conduction.

Q: 23. Explain why is there a phenomenal decrease in Ionisation enthalpy from carbon to silicon?


Ionisation enthalpy of carbon (the first element of group ) is very high . This is expected owing to its small size. However, on moving down the group to silicon, there is a sharp decrease in the enthalpy . This is because of an appreciable increase in the atomic sizes of elements on moving down the group.

Q: 24. How would you explain the lower atomic radius of Ga as compared to Al?


Q_24_Table of Atomic Radius
Atomic Radius (in pm)

Although has one shell more than , its size is lesser than . This is because of the poor shielding effect of the 3d-electrons. The shielding effect of d-electrons is very poor and the effective nuclear charge experienced by the valence electrons in gallium is much more than it is in the case of .

Q: 25. What are allotropes? Sketch the structure of two allotropes of carbon namely diamond and graphite. What is the impact of structure on physical properties of two allotropes?


Allotropy is the existence of an element in more than one form, having the same chemical properties but different physical properties. The various forms of an element are called allotropes.

Q_25_Structure of Allotropes of Carbon


Q_25_1_Rigid 3-D Structure of Diamond

The rigid 3-D structure of diamond makes it a very hard substance. In fact, diamond is one of the hardest naturally - occurring substances. It is used as an abrasive and for cutting tools.


Q_25_Structure of Graphite of Hybridised Carbon, Arranged in …

It has hybridised carbon, arranged in the form of layers. These layers are held together by weak van der Walls՚ forces. These layers can slide over each other, making graphite soft and slippery. Therefore, it is used as a lubricant.