Activity 1

  1. Which of the following is a primary mineral nutrient that is needed by plants?
    1. N
    2. C
    3. Mg
    4. Na (2)  [2]

1. A  [2]

Activity 2

  1. Which ONE of the following is NOT associated with eutrophication in water?
    1. Dead zones
    2. Algal bloom
    3. Depletion of oxygen
    4. Increased aquatic life (2)  [2]


  1. D [2]

Activity 3

Fertilisers allow farmers to grow crops in the same soil year after year. However, environmental problems, such as eutrophication, are associated with the application of fertilisers.

  1. State ONE PRECAUTION that a maize farmer can take to prevent eutrophication. (1)
    Nitric acid is an important reactant in the production of ammonium nitrate, a nitrogen-based fertiliser.
  2. Write down the name of the industrial process for the production of nitric acid. (1)
  3. Write down a balanced equation for the preparation of ammonium nitrate from nitric acid. (3)  [5]


  1. Use fertilisers sparingly  / Do not over-fertilise
    Make use of precision (computerised) application of fertilisers
    Ensure that water from fields does not run into rivers/dams
    Redirect water from fields into reservoirs/away from rivers/dams  (any one) (1)
  2. Ostwald process  (1)
  3. HNO3  + NH3 → NH4NO3  (3)  [5]

Activity 4

The rapidly increasing human population is resulting in an ever-increasing demand for food. To meet this demand, farmers apply fertiliser to the same cultivated land EACH YEAR.

  1. Explain why farmers have to apply fertilisers to their land each year. (1)
  2. Write down one negative impact that over-fertilisation can have on humans. (1)
  3. Sulphuric acid is an important substance used in the manufacture of fertilisers.
    The equation below represents one of the steps in the industrial preparation of sulphuric acid.
    2SO2(g) + O2(g) ⇋ 2SO3(g) ∆H<0
    3.1 Write down the name of the process used to prepare sulphuric acid in industry (1)
    3.2 Write down the name or the formula if the catalyst used in 2.3.1 (1)
    3.3 Is the forward reaction endothermic or exothermic? Give a reason for your answer. (1)
    3.4 Write down the name or formula of the fertiliser formed when sulphuric acid reacts with ammonia. (2)  [7]


  1. Fertilisers replenish nutrients depleted by the growing of crops  (1)
  2. Damage to crops/soil  resulting in small or no harvest/ less income. Excessive fertiliser seeps into groundwater and contaminates drinking water  or runs into rivers and/or dams and causes eutrophication  which may result in less income /famine/starvation /poor quality drinking water /fewer recreation areas/ environmental damage/ death of wild animals  (any one) (1)
  3. 3.1 Contact process  (1)
    3.2 V2O5  vanadium pentoxide  (any one) (1)
    3.3 Exothermic as∆H < 0  (1)
    3.4 (NH4)2SO4  OR / Ammonium  sulphate  (2) [7]

Activity 5

Ammonia, ammonium nitrate and ammonium sulphate are three important nitrogen-containing fertilisers. The flow diagram below shows how these fertilisers are produced in industry.
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  1. Use the information in the flow diagram above and write down the following:
    1.1 Name Process 1 (1)
    1.2 Balanced equation for Process 2 (3)
    1.3 Name or Formula for compound X (1)
    1.4 Balanced equation for the preparation of ammonium sulphate using sulphuric acid and compound Y (3)
    1.5 Name or Symbol of the primary nutrient in ammonium sulphate (1)
  2. Write down one positive impact of fertilisers on humans (1)
  3. Write down two negative impacts of the use of ammonium nitrate as fertiliser, on humans. (2)  [12]


  1. 1.1 Fractional distillation of liquid air  (1)
    1.2 N2 + 3H2 → 2NH3 (reactants  products  balance  (3)
    1.3 Nitric acid / HNO3  (1)
    1.4 H2SO4 + 2NH3 → (NH4)2SO4 (reactants  products  balance (3)
    1.5 Nitrogen / N  (1)
  2. Enhance growth of crops/plants  to produce more food for humans  food security for humans  production / application of fertiliser  results in job creation selling of fertilisers  stimulates the economy  (any one) (1)
  3. (Excessive) nitrates in water (eutrophication)  can result in blue baby syndrome or cancer  (Excessive) nitrates/ammonium ions in water can result in poor quality drinking water  or death of fish  or less food  or fewer recreational facilities  or famine due to killing plants / crops from the excess  or excessively changing the pH of the soil and thereby reducing the food production (any two) (2) [12]
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