WAEC 2020 Chemistry questions and answers

Wednesday, 2nd September 2020

Chemistry 2 (Essay) – 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Chemistry 1 (Objective) – 4:00pm – 5:00pm




Faraday’s first law of electrolysis states that the mass(m) of an element discharged during electrolysis is directly proportional to the quantity of electricity(Q) passing through it.

(i) Strong electrolytes conduct large currents while Weak electrolytes do not conduct current readily.
(ii) Strong electrolytes ionize completely while weak electrolytes ionize only slightly.

Ethyne burns in air to give a smoky and luminous flame (complete combustion)

If an organic compound contains carbon atoms joined by double or triple covalent bonds. The compound is said to be an unsaturated hydrocarbon.

CH3COOH(aq) + CH3OH(aq) <–> CH3COOCH3(l) + H2O(l)

Methyl ethanoate

By removing the main product continuously.



Number of moles of Zn dust = Mass/molars mass = 3.75/65 =0.0077

Reacting mole ratio of Zn to H2 is 1:1

:’ No of moles of H2 produced =0.0677 moles

1 mole = 6.02×10²³ molecules

0.0577moles of hydrogen produces

=6.02×10²³ x0.0577

=0.347×10²³ molecules

Or 3.47×10²² molecules






Reaction C



Zinc (from + 2 to + 4)



(i) Each spectral line is caused by one electron

(ii) Electron can exist only in circular orbit of definite quantum energy.



It could not account for the spectrum at note complicated atoms



(i)Temperature of the reacting system

(ii)Pressure of the reacting system

(iii)Concentration of the reacting system



(i) Both liberate carbon(iv) oxide

(ii) One produce a chloride salt , the other produce an ethanoate salt

They are isomers

A – Trans 1,2 dichloroethane

B – Cis 1,2 dichloroethane


They contain the same functional group the single bond. The only difference is the polarity(physical property)
The Cis – polar compound while Trans-1, -di chloroethane is non polar

(i) Temperature remains constant during boiling
(ii) There is change of state during boiling

I – It will increase the boiling point of water.
II – It will reduce the boiling point of water.

Boiling occurs at a specific temperature While Evaporation occurs at almost all temperatures.

An unsaturated solution is one that contains less than the maximum amount of solute that can dissolve at a given temperature While A saturated solution is one that contains maximum of solute that can be dissolved in it at that temperature.

(i) By increasing the temperature of the solution.
(ii) By increasing the amount of the solute.


Mole is a standard scientific unit for measuring large quantities of very small entities such as atoms, molecules, or other specified particles

MgO(s)+2HCl(aq) —> MgCl(aq)+H2O(l)
From the equation of reaction; 1 mole of MgO = 2 moles of HCl
Hence n = cv/100
where c = 0.1moldm-³; v = 25.0cm³
No of mole of HCl = n = 0.1×25/1000
= 2.5 x 10-³ moles
Hence the no of moles ofMgO required = 2.5/2 x10-³
But n = m/M = reacting mass/ Molar mass —> m = nM = 1.25×10-³ x 40
= 50 x 10-³ = 0.05g of MgO.

(i) They are malleable
(ii) They are ductile
(iii) They are good conductors of heat and electricity


Draw the diagram

I. Activation Energy = (210 – 100)KJ = 110K
II. Hp – HR = ΔH
54 – 100 = -46KJ

Q2(g) + R2(g) –> 2QR(g)

Exothermic reaction.

The heat content of the reactant is higher than that of the product.

E7 – 1s² 2S² 2P³
F9 – 1s² 2S² 2P⁵
G12 – 1S² 2S² 2P⁶ 3S²
H13 – 1S² 2s² 2P⁶ 3S² 3P¹

I. G and H

Isotopy is the existence of an element in more than one physical form with the same atomic number but different atomic masses.

(i) Atoms
(ii) Molecules
(iii) ions

(i) Potassium tetraoxomanganate (vii)
(ii) Hydrochloric acid

II – Concentrated tetraoxosulphate (vi) acid
III – Downward delivery

2KMnO4(aq) + 16HCl(aq) —> 2MnCl2(aq) + 2KCl(aq) + 8H2O(l) + 5cl2(g)

3Cl2(g) + 6NnOH(aq) —-> NaClO3(g) + 5NaCl(aq) + 3H2O(l)

(i) Iron (III) oxide
(ii) Coke
(iii) Limestone

C(s) + O2(g) —-> CO2(g)
CO2(g) + C(s) —-> 2CO(g)
FeO3(s) + 3CO(g) —-> 2Fe(l) + 3CO2(g)
CaCO3(s) —> CaO(s) + CO2(g)
SiO2(g) + CaO(s) —-> CaSiO2(s)

Pig iron

The iron has a relatively low melting point because it contains impurities

It is not dissolved directly in water because the heat evolved during the process would cause the acid solution to boil, producing a mist of acid droplets which would spread throughout the factory

It is regarded as a heavy chemical because it is produced in very large quantities and used in many chemical processes

I. Displacement reaction
II, As an oxidizing agent

2C3H7OH(aq) + 2Na(s) —-> 2C3H7ONa(aq) + H2(g)

(i) Ammonia (NH3)
(ii) Hydrogen chloride gas(HCl)

To show that hydrogen chloride is extremely soluble in water.

Fill a round-bottomed flask with dry hydrogen chloride through a tube A and air through another tube B. Add a few drops of water through B and close the tubes. Invert the flask into a trough of water containing blue litmus solution. The water turns red.

Petrochemical industries.
Pharmaceutical industries.

(i) Pollution of water bodies by chemical waste.
(ii) Pollution of air.
(iii) Radioactive particles are released.

(i) Coke.
(ii) Coal tar.
(iii) Coal gas.

(i) Coal gas –> Importsmt gaseous fuel.
(ii) Coke –> Used as a reducing agent.

(i) Calcium tetraoxosulphate(vi)
(ii) Calcium hydrogentrioxocarbonate(iv)

(i) By boiling.
(ii) Addition of caustic Soda.

(i) Hard water contains dissolved minerals and therefore tastes better.
(ii) The calcium salts on hard water help animals to build strong teeth and bones.