Important Questions for Class 12 Chapter 1 - The Solid State

Important questions based on NCERT syllabus for Chapter 1 - The Solid State:

Question-1: Refractive index of a solid is observed to have the same value along all directions. Comment on the nature of this solid. Would it show cleavage property?

Solution: As the solid has same value of refractive index along all directions, it is isotropic in nature and hence amorphous. Being amorphous solid, it will not show a clean cleavage and when cut, it will break into pieces with irregular surfaces.

Question-2: Classify the following solids in different categories based on the nature of intermolecular forces operating in them: Potassium sulphate, tin, benzene, urea, ammonia, water, zinc sulphide, graphite, rubidium, argon, silicon carbide

Solution: Potassium sulphate = Ionic Tin=Metallic.
Benzene = Molecular (non-polar)
Urea=Molecular (polar).
Ammonia=Molecular (H-bonded)
Water = Molecular (H-bonded)
Zinc sulphide = Ionic Graphite=Covalent Rubidipm Metallic Argon = Molecular (non-polar)
Silicon Carbide=Covalent

Question-3: Explain how vacancies are introduced in an ionic solid when a cation of higher valence is added as an impurity in it.

Solution: Let us take an example NaCl doped with SrCl, impurity when SrCl2 is added to NaCl solid as an impurity, two Na+ ions will be replaced and one of their sites will be occupied by Sr21- while the other will remain vacant. Thus, we can say that when a cation of higher valence is added as an impurity to an ionic solid, two or more cations of lower valency are replaced by a cation of higher valency to maintain electrical neutrality. Hence, some cationic vacancies are created.