ACT Science OG Test 1 - Passage II

Questions 7-13 are based on the following passage.

A high concentration of dissolved nickel (Nᵢ²⁺) in wastewater is an environmental concern. Students studied the removal of Nᵢ²⁺ from wastewater, using ,an aqueous Nᵢ²⁺ solution as a model of wastewater.
In water, hydroxide (OH-) reacts with Nᵢ²⁺ to form nickel hydroxide monohydrate [Ni(OH)₂·H₂0]. The bal­anced chemtcal equation for this reactiol), is
Nᵢ²⁺ + 2OH⁻ + H₂O⟶Ni(OH)₂⋅H₂O
Because the monohydrate is a solid, it can be filtered from the solution. Some of the solid will eventually dissolve if it is left in contact with the solution.
The students did 2 experiments to study how reaction time and filtration method affected the removal of Nᵢ²⁺ from the aqueous Nᵢ²⁺ solution.
Experiment 1
In each of Trials 1—3, Steps 1—4 were performed:
1. Thirty-two mL of aqueous 1.0 mole/L OH⁻ solution and 260 mL of aqueous 0.060 mole/L Nᵢ²⁺ solution were poured into the same flask.
2. The mixture was stirred at 22°C. for 10 min; 3 days, or 7 days.
3. Solid monohydrate was recovered by standard filtration (see Figure 1)

4. The concentration of Nᵢ²⁺ in the filtrate, CNF, was determined, in milligrams of Nᵢ²⁺ per kilogram of solu­tion (mg/kg).
Experiment 2
In each of Trials 4—6, Steps 1—4 in Experiment 1 were performed except that in Step 3, solid monohydrate was recovered by vacuum filtration (see Figure 2).

The results of Experiments 1 and 2 are shown in Table 1.

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Question 7 If a reaction time of 2 days had been tested in Experi­ment 1, the CNF would most likely have been