The equation C (s) + O2 (g) -> CO2 (g) tells you that:
1 mole of carbon atom reacts with 1 mole of oxygen to give 1 mole of carbon dioxide
The Ar values are: C = 12, O = 16
The Mr values are: O2 = 32, CO2 = (12 + 32) = 44
We can write: 12g of carbon reacts with 32g of oxygen to give 44g of carbon dioxide.
This also means that: 6g of carbon reacts with 16g of oxygen to give 22g of carbon dioxide and so on.
The masses of each substance taking part in the reaction are always in the same ratio.
In general, a chemical equation tells you:
The following video shows how to calculate the following stoichiometry problem:
“A solution containing acetic acid is mixed with calcium carbonate. How much acetic acid is consumed in a reaction which produces 0.400 mol CO2?”
Take note of what happens to the total mass, during the above reaction:
mass of carbon and oxygen at the start: 12 g + 32 g = 44 g
mass of carbon dioxide at the end: 44 g
The total mass has not changed, during the reaction. This is because no atoms have disappeared. They have just been rearranged.
This is one of the basic laws of chemistry:
The total mass does not change during a chemical reaction.
Hydrogen burns in oxygen to form water. What mass of oxygen is needed to burn 1 gram of hydrogen, and what mass of water is obtained?
Step 1: Write the balanced equation for the reaction.
2H2 (g) + O2 (g) → 2H2O (l)
Step 2: Write down the relative atomic mass (Ar) and the relative molecular mass (Mr), for each substance in the equation.
Ar: H = 1, O = 16
Mr: H2 = 2, O2 = 32, H2O = 18
Step 3: Using Ar or Mr, change the moles in the equation to grams.
Step 4: Find the actual masses.
4 g of hydrogen reacts with 32 g of oxygen to give 36 g of water.
The given question states thatwe need to burn 1 g of hydrogen.
So, 1 g of hydrogen reacts with 32 ÷ 4 = 8 g of oxygen to give 36 ÷ 4 = 9 g of water.
The following video shows an example of calculating mass from equation.
In this video, we will look at the steps to solving stoichiometry problems.
Example 1: How many moles of ammonia are produced by 2.8 mol of hydrogen?
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