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A) Draw the Lewis structure of chlorine nitrate.
b) Write out the chemical equations showing how chlorine nitrate is formed in the stratosphere and for the reactions that convert it back to active chlorine compounds. Include reactions that occur in polar stratospheric clouds.

Calculate the rate constants at 220 K for Reactions 1 and 2.

Offer an explanation for why Reaction 2 has an activation energy of approximately zero.

Consider the net reaction in Question 2:
O + O3  O2 + O2
The standard enthalpies of formation of O and O3 are 249.2 and 142.7 kJ mol−1, respectively. Calculate the reaction enthalpy. Why does this reaction not proceed on its own, to any appreciable extent, in the stratosphere?

In particulate sampling, air is drawn through a filter, which collects the particulates. In one sampling, the initial weight of the filter was 3.347 g. The final filter weight was 3.762 g. If the average flow rate of air through the filter was 49 cubic feet per minute, and the sample was collected over 24 hours, what is the TSP concentration in μg/m3 for this sample?
(1 cubic foot = 0.02832 m3)
Write out the steps for the atmospheric oxidation of ethane.

Write out the steps for the atmospheric oxidation of propylene.
The atmospheric residence time of methane in the atmosphere is 12 years. If global methane emissions total 600 Mt (megatonnes) per year, what is the steady state concentration of methane in the atmosphere in Mt??in ppm?
Note: The total mass of the atmosphere is 5.1 ?1018 kg, and the average molar mass is 29.0 g/mol.

A) In petroleum production, the term "solution gas" refers to gases that are dissolved in the petroleum reservoir because of the high pressure conditions underground, but become gaseous when the oil is brought to the surface. In 2007 in Alberta, 3.25 ?108 m3 of solution gas was flared (burned off) from crude oil and crude bitumen batteries.   Assuming that the solution gas was 100% methane, how many moles of CO2 are produced from this flaring? What is the increase in global concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere, in ppmv, resulting from this activity?

Note: The total mass of the atmosphere is 5.1 ?1018 kg, and the average molar mass is
29.0 g/mol.

b) In 2005, Alberta used 26 Mt (megatonnes) of coal to generate electricity. Assuming that 100% of the coal is converted to CO2, how many moles of CO2 are produced? What is the increase in global concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere, in ppmv, caused by this activity?

At the Braidwood nuclear power plant in Illinois, between 1996 and 2000,millions of litres of radioactive cooling water were leaked on the site, and groundwater is now contaminated with high levels of tritium. Tritium is a beta emitter with a half life of 12.3 years. Monitoring wells on the site have found groundwater radioactivity of up to 282,000 pCi/L. The EPA drinking water standard is 20,000 pCi/L. If the contaminated groundwater remained static and there was no decrease in tritium levels resulting from groundwater flow, how many years would it take for the radioactivity to decrease from 282,000 pCi/L to 20,000 pCi/L?

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1a) See attached picture, and replace the lines with dots. Note that chlorine nitrate has two different structures here because they are in resonance with one another. See images.jpeg

b) Formation: Cl2O+N2O5 ---> 2ClONO2

It can be decomposed with heat to give...
2ClONO2---> Cl2 + NOx, (a variety of different NO compounds are formed)

Metal Chlorides also will change it back to chlorine gas, such as titanium (IV) chloride:

4ClONO2 + TiCl4 ---> Ti(NO3)4 + 4Cl2

In polar stratospheric clouds, Chlorine nitrates have been shown to react with water or hydrogen chloride gas (Tolbert, et al. 1987 Science vol 238)

ClONO2 + H2O --->HOCl + HNO3
ClONO2 + HCl ----> Cl2 + HNO3

2a) k=Ae^(-Ea/RT), units are in brackets for clarity. Ea converted to joules from kJ to line up with the gas constant
Reaction 1: k=1.8x10^-12 * e^(-11400[J/mol]/8.314[J/K.mol]*220)
k=1.8x10^-12 * e^(-6.85)

Reaction 2: Since Ea is 0, the "e" term is e^0, or 1. Thus, k=9.3x10^-12

b) Reaction two could be the intermediate between reaction 1 ...

Solution Summary

In this solution we consider the kinetics and concentrations calculations associated with a variety of environmental chemistry concepts. These include the formation of chlorine nitrate and its kinetics (along with how to calculate rate constants given empirical data), the concept of activation energy and why a reaction may have an activation energy close to zero, and calculation of reaction enthalpies in the case where standard enthalpies of formation are given.

In addition, the calculation of TSP is considered, along with how ethane and propylene are oxidized in the atmosphere. We also show you how to solve a steady-state concentration problem on the global scale with regard to methane.

Finally, we also consider increases in global CO2 concentrations due to fossil fuel combustion before ending with a calculation using half-life of tritium, specifically referring to how many years it will take to reach a certain level of radioactivity.

This solution is a tour de force in environmental chemistry and has good application in a variety of general chemistry concepts! Do not miss it if you are having trouble!

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