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1 CHAPTER 1 Stoichiometry What You ll Learn You will write mole ratios from balanced chemical equations. You will calculate the number of moles and the mass of a reactant or product when given the number of moles or the mass of another reactant or product. You will identify the limiting reactant in a chemical reaction. You will determine the percent yield of a chemical reaction. Why It s Important The cost of the things you buy is lower because chemists use stoichiometric calculations to increase efficiency in laboratories, decrease waste in manufacturing, and produce products more quickly. Visit the Chemistry Web site at science.glencoe.com to find links to stoichiometry. The candle will continue to burn as long as oxygen and candle wax are present. 35 Chapter 1

3 Pharmacist Are you interested in taking an active role in the health care of others? Would you like to advise physicians as well as patients? Then consider a career as a pharmacist. Pharmacists must understand the composition and use of prescribed drugs and medicines, and over-the-counter medications. They advise doctors and patients about proper use, harmful combinations, and possible side-effects. Although pharmaceutical companies supply most medicines, pharmacists may do the actual mixing of ingredients to form powders, tablets, capsules, ointments, and solutions. Mole-Mass Relationships in Chemical Reactions The study of quantitative relationships between amounts of reactants used and products formed by a chemical reaction is called stoichiometry. Stoichiometry is based on the law of conservation of mass, which was introduced by Antoine Lavoisier in the eighteenth century. The law states that matter is neither created nor destroyed in a chemical reaction. Chemical bonds in reactants break and new chemical bonds form to produce products, but the amount of matter present at the end of the reaction is the same as was present at the beginning. Therefore, the mass of the reactants equals the mass of the products. Stoichiometry and the balanced chemical equation Look at the reaction of powdered iron with oxygen shown in Figure 1-1. As tiny particles of iron react with oxygen in the air, iron(iii) oxide (Fe O 3 ) is produced. 4Fe(s) 3O (g) 0 Fe O 3 (s) You can interpret this equation in terms of representative particles by saying that four atoms of iron react with three molecules of oxygen to produce two formula units of iron(iii) oxide. But, remember that coefficients in an equation represent not only numbers of individual particles but also numbers of moles of particles. Therefore, you can also say that four moles of iron react with three moles of oxygen to produce two moles of iron(iii) oxide. Does the chemical equation tell you anything about the masses of the reactants and products? Not directly. But as you learned in Chapter 11, the mass of any substance can be determined by multiplying the number of moles of the substance by the conversion factor that relates mass and number of moles, which is the molar mass. Thus, the mass of the reactants can be calculated in this way. 4 mol Fe g Fe 3.4 g Fe Fe 3 mol O g O g O O The total mass of the reactants g Similarly, the mass of the product is mol Fe O g FeO g Fe O The total mass of the reactants equals the mass of the product, as predicted by the law of conservation of mass. Table 1-1 summarizes the relationships that can be determined from a balanced chemical equation. Table 1-1 Relationships Derived from a Balanced Chemical Equation Iron Oxygen 0 Iron(III) oxide 3 Figure 1-1 If you know the equation for this reaction between iron and oxygen, you can calculate the number of moles and the mass of each reactant and product. 4Fe(s) 3O (g) 0 Fe O 3 (s) 4 atoms Fe 3 molecules O 0 formula units Fe O 3 4 moles Fe 3 moles O 0 moles Fe O g Fe 96.0 g O g Fe O g reactants g product 354 Chapter 1 Stoichiometry

4 EXAMPLE PROBLEM 1-1 Interpreting Chemical Equations The combustion of propane (C 3 H 8 ) provides energy for heating homes, cooking food, and soldering metal parts. Interpret the equation for the combustion of propane in terms of representative particles, moles, and mass. Show that the law of conservation of mass is observed. 1. Analyze the Problem The formulas in the equation represent both representative particles (molecules) and moles. Therefore, the equation can be interpreted in terms of molecules and moles. The law of conservation of mass will be verified if the masses of the reactants and products are equal. Known C 3 H 8 (g) 5O (g) 0 3CO (g) 4H O(g) Unknown The equation in terms of molecules? The equation in terms of moles? The equation in terms of mass?. Solve for the Unknown The coefficients indicate the number of molecules. ecule C 3 H 8 5 molecules O 0 3 molecules CO 4 molecules H O The coefficients indicate the number of moles. e C 3 H 8 5 moles O 0 3 moles CO 4 moles H O Calculate the mass of each reactant and product by multiplying the number of moles by the conversion factor molar mass. grams reactant or product moles reactant or product e reactant or product grams reactant or product g C C 3 H 8 3 H g C 3 H C 8 3 H g O 5 mol O g O O g CO 3 mol CO 13.0 g CO CO 18.0 g H O 4 mol H O 7.08 g H O H O Because propane gas is readily liquified, it can be stored in tanks and transported to wherever it is needed. Add the masses of the reactants g C 3 H g O 04.1 g reactants Add the masses of the products g CO 7.08 g H O 04.1 g products 04.1 g reactants 04.1 g products The law of conservation of mass is observed. 3. Evaluate the Answer The sums of the reactants and the products are correctly stated to the first decimal place because each mass is accurate to the first decimal place. The mass of reactants equals the mass of products as predicted by the law of conservation of mass. 1.1 What is stoichiometry? 355

5 Practice! For more practice interpreting chemical equations, go to Supplemental Practice Problems in Appendix A. PRACTICE PROBLEMS 1. Interpret the following balanced chemical equations in terms of particles, moles, and mass. Show that the law of conservation of mass is observed. a. N (g) 3H (g) 0 NH 3 (g) b. HCl(aq) KOH(aq) 0 KCl(aq) H O(l) c. 4Zn(s) 10HNO 3 (aq) 0 4Zn(NO 3 ) (aq) N O(g) 5H O(l) d. Mg(s) O (g) 0 MgO(s) e. Na(s) H O(l) 0 NaOH(aq) H (g) Mole ratios You have seen that the coefficients in a chemical equation indicate the relationships among moles of reactants and products. For example, return to the reaction between iron and oxygen described in Table 1-1. The equation indicates that four moles of iron react with three moles of oxygen. It also indicates that four moles of iron react to produce two moles of iron(iii) oxide. How many moles of oxygen react to produce two moles of iron(iii) oxide? You can use the relationships between coefficients to write conversion factors called mole ratios. A mole ratio is a ratio between the numbers of moles of any two substances in a balanced chemical equation. As another example, consider the reaction shown in Figure 1-. Aluminum reacts with bromine to form aluminum bromide. Aluminum bromide is used as a catalyst to speed up a variety of chemical reactions. Al(s) 3Br (l) 0 AlBr 3 (s) What mole ratios can be written for this reaction? Starting with the reactant aluminum, you can write a mole ratio that relates the moles of aluminum to the moles of bromine. Another mole ratio shows how the moles of aluminum relate to the moles of aluminum bromide. mo l Al and mo l Al 3 mol Br mol AlB Two other mole ratios show how the moles of bromine relate to the moles of the other two substances in the equation, aluminum and aluminum bromide. 3 mol Br 3 mol and mol Al mol Br AlBr 3 Similarly, two ratios relate the moles of aluminum bromide to the moles of aluminum and bromine. r 3 mol A mo lbr 3 l Al and mol AlBr 3 3 mol Br Figure 1- Bromine is one of the two elements that are liquids at room temperature. Mercury is the other. Aluminum is a lightweight metal that resists corrosion. Aluminum and bromine react vigorously to form the ionic compound aluminum bromide. Six ratios define all the mole relationships in this equation. Each of the three substances in the equation forms a ratio with the two other substances. What mole ratios can be written for the decomposition of potassium chlorate (KClO 3 )? This reaction is sometimes used to obtain small amounts of oxygen in the laboratory. KClO 3 (s) 0 KCl(s) 3O (g) Each substance forms a mole ratio with the two other substances in the reaction. Thus, each substance should be the numerator of two mole ratios. 356 Chapter 1 Stoichiometry

6 mol K mol ClO3 KCl and m ol KClO3 3 mol O mol KCl and mol KClO 3 3 mol O mol KClO3 and mol KCl 3 mol O 3 mol O mol KCl Go to the Chemistry Interactive CD-ROM to find additional resources for this chapter. Can you explain why each reactant and product is in the numerator two times? Six mole ratios define all the relationships in this reaction, which has three participating species. How many could you write for a reaction involving a total of four reactants and products? A simple way to find out is to multiply the number of species in the equation by the next lower number. Thus, you could write e ratios for a reaction involving four species. PRACTICE PROBLEMS. Determine all possible mole ratios for the following balanced chemical equations. a. 4Al(s) 3O (g) 0 Al O 3 (s) b. 3Fe(s) 4H O(l) 0 Fe 3 O 4 (s) 4H (g) c. HgO(s) 0 Hg(l) O (g) 3. Balance the following equations and determine the possible mole ratios. a. ZnO(s) HCl(aq) 0 ZnCl (aq) H O(l) b. butane (C 4 H 10 ) oxygen 0 carbon dioxide water Practice! For more practice writing mole ratios, go to Supplemental Practice Problems in Appendix A. You may be wondering why you need to learn to write mole ratios. As you will see in the next section, mole ratios are the key to calculations based upon a chemical equation. Suppose you know the amount of one reactant you will use in a chemical reaction. With the chemical equation and the mole ratios, you can calculate the amount of any other reactant in the equation and the maximum amount of product you can obtain. Section 1.1 Assessment 4. What is stoichiometry? 5. List three ways in which a balanced chemical equation can be interpreted. 6. What is a mole ratio? 7. Thinking Critically Write a balanced chemical equation for each reaction and determine the possible mole ratios. a. Nitrogen reacts with hydrogen to produce ammonia. b. Hydrogen peroxide (H O ) decomposes to produce water and oxygen. c. Pieces of zinc react with a phosphoric acid solution to produce solid zinc phosphate and hydrogen gas. 8. Formulating Models Use the balanced chemical equation to determine the mole ratios for the reaction of hydrogen and oxygen, H (g) O (g) 0 H O. Make a drawing showing six molecules of hydrogen reacting with the correct number of oxygen molecules. Show the number of molecules of water produced. 1.1 What is stoichiometry? 357

7 Section 1. Stoichiometric Calculations Objectives Explain the sequence of steps used in solving stoichiometric problems. Use the steps to solve stoichiometric problems. Suppose a chemist needs to obtain a certain amount of product from a reaction. How much reactant must be used? Or, suppose the chemist wants to know how much product will form if a certain amount of reactant is used. Chemists use stoichiometric calculations to answer these questions. Using Stoichiometry Recall that stoichiometry is the study of quantitative relationships between the amounts of reactants used and the amounts of products formed by a chemical reaction. What are the tools needed for stoichiometric calculations? All stoichiometric calculations begin with a balanced chemical equation, which indicates relative amounts of the substances that react and the products that form. Mole ratios based on the balanced chemical equation are also needed. You learned to write mole ratios in Section 1.1. Finally, mass-to-mole conversions similar to those you learned about in Chapter 11 are required. Stoichiometric mole-to-mole conversion The vigorous reaction between potassium and water is shown in Figure 1-3. How can you determine the number of moles of hydrogen produced when mole of potassium is used? Start by writing the balanced chemical equation. K(s) H O(l) 0 KOH(aq) H (g) Then, identify the substance that you know and the substance that you need to determine. The given substance is mole of potassium. The unknown is the number of moles of hydrogen. Because the quantity of the given substance is in moles and the unknown substance is to be determined in moles, this problem is a mole-to-mole conversion. To solve the problem, you need to know how the unknown moles of hydrogen are related to the known moles of potassium. In Section 1.1 you learned to use the balanced chemical equation to write mole ratios that describe mole relationships. Mole ratios are used as conversion factors to convert a known number of moles of one substance to moles of another substance in the same chemical reaction. What mole ratio could be used to convert moles of potassium to moles of hydrogen? In the correct mole ratio, the moles of unknown (H ) should be the numerator and the moles of known (K) should be the denominator. The correct mole ratio is H mol K This mole ratio can be used to convert the known number of moles of potassium to a number of moles of hydrogen. Remember that when you use a conversion factor, the units must cancel. Figure 1 3 Potassium metal reacts vigorously with water, releasing so much heat that the hydrogen gas formed in the reaction catches fire. moles of known m oles of unknown moles of unknown moles of known mol K H mol H mol K If you put mol K into water, mol H will be produced. The How It Works feature at the end of this chapter shows the importance of mole ratios. 358 Chapter 1 Stoichiometry

8 EXAMPLE PROBLEM 1- Stoichiometric Mole-to-Mole Conversion One disadvantage of burning propane (C 3 H 8 ) is that carbon dioxide (CO ) is one of the products. The released carbon dioxide increases the growing concentration of CO in the atmosphere. How many moles of carbon dioxide are produced when 10.0 moles of propane are burned in excess oxygen in a gas grill? 1. Analyze the Problem You are given moles of the reactant propane, and moles of the product carbon dioxide must be found. The balanced chemical equation must be written. Conversion from moles of C 3 H 8 to moles of CO is required. The correct mole ratio has moles of unknown substance in the numerator and moles of known substance in the denominator. Known Math Handbook Review dimensional analysis in the Math Handbook on page 900 of this text. moles of propane 10.0 mol C 3 H 8 Unknown moles of carbon dioxide? mol CO. Solve for the Unknown Write the balanced chemical equation. Label the known substance and the unknown substance mol? mol C 3 H 8 (g) 5O (g) 0 3CO (g) 4H O(g) Determine the mole ratio that relates mol CO to mol C 3 H 8. 3 mol CO C H 3 8 Multiply the known number of moles of C 3 H 8 by the mole ratio. 3 mol CO 10.0 mol C 3 H mol CO C H Burning 10.0 mol C 3 H 8 produces 30.0 mol CO. 3. Evaluate the Answer 3 8 The given number of moles has three significant figures. Therefore, the answer must have three digits. The balanced chemical equation indicates that C 3 H 8 produces 3 mol CO. Thus, 10.0 mol C 3 H 8 would produce three times as many moles of CO, or 30.0 mol. PRACTICE PROBLEMS 9. Sulfuric acid is formed when sulfur dioxide reacts with oxygen and water. Write the balanced chemical equation for the reaction. If 1.5 mol SO reacts, how many mol H SO 4 can be produced? How many mol O is needed? 10. A reaction between methane and sulfur produces carbon disulfide (CS ), a liquid often used in the production of cellophane. CH 4 (g) S 8 (s) 0 CS (l) H S(g) a. Balance the equation. b. Calculate the mol CS produced when 1.50 mol S 8 is used. c. How many mol H S is produced? Practice! For more practice converting from moles of one substance to moles of another substance in a chemical equation, go to Supplemental Practice Problems in Appendix A. 1. Stoichiometric Calculations 359

9 Stoichiometric mole-to-mass conversion Now, suppose you know the number of moles of a reactant or product in a reaction and you want to calculate the mass of another product or reactant. This situation is an example of a mole-to-mass conversion. EXAMPLE PROBLEM 1-3 Stoichiometric Mole-to-Mass Conversion Determine the mass of sodium chloride or table salt (NaCl) produced when 1.5 moles of chlorine gas reacts vigorously with sodium. 1. Analyze the Problem You are given the moles of the reactant Cl and must determine the mass of the product NaCl. You must convert from moles of Cl to moles of NaCl using the mole ratio from the equation. Then, you need to convert moles of NaCl to grams of NaCl using the molar mass as the conversion factor. Known moles of chlorine 1.5 mol Cl Unknown mass of sodium chloride? g NaCl The reaction of sodium and chlorine to form sodium chloride releases a large amount of energy in the form of light and heat. It should not surprise you, then, that a large amount of energy is required to decompose sodium chloride.. Solve for the Unknown Write the balanced chemical equation and identify the known and unknown substances. 1.5 mol? g Na(s) Cl (g) 0 NaCl(s) Write the mole ratio that relates mol NaCl to mol Cl. mol NaCl Cl Multiply the number of moles of Cl by the mole ratio. 1.5 mol Cl mol NaCl.50 mol NaCl Cl Multiply mol NaCl by the molar mass of NaCl..50 mol NaCl g NaCl 146 g NaCl NaCl 3. Evaluate the Answer The given number of moles has three significant figures, so the mass of NaCl is correctly stated with three digits. The computations are correct and the unit is as expected. Practice! For more practice converting from moles of one substance to mass of another substance in a chemical equation, go to Supplemental Practice Problems in Appendix A. PRACTICE PROBLEMS 11. Titanium is a transition metal used in many alloys because it is extremely strong and lightweight. Titanium tetrachloride (TiCl 4 ) is extracted from titanium oxide using chlorine and coke (carbon). TiO (s) C(s) Cl (g) 0 TiCl 4 (s) CO (g) If you begin with 1.5 mol TiO, what mass of Cl gas is needed? 1. Sodium chloride is decomposed into the elements sodium and chlorine by means of electrical energy. How many grams of chlorine gas can be obtained from.50 mol NaCl? 360 Chapter 1 Stoichiometry

10 Stoichiometric mass-to-mass conversion If you were preparing to carry out a chemical reaction in the laboratory, you would need to know how much of each reactant to use in order to produce the mass of product you required. Example Problem 1-4 will demonstrate how you can use a measured mass of the known substance, the balanced chemical equation, and mole ratios from the equation to find the mass of the unknown substance. The CHEMLAB at the end of this chapter will provide you with laboratory experience determining a mole ratio. EXAMPLE PROBLEM 1-4 Stoichiometric Mass-to-Mass Conversion Ammonium nitrate (NH 4 NO 3 ), an important fertilizer, produces N O gas and H O when it decomposes. Determine the mass of water produced from the decomposition of 5.0 g of solid ammonium nitrate. 1. Analyze the Problem You are given the mass of the reactant and will need to write the balanced chemical equation. You then must convert from the mass of the reactant to moles of the reactant. You will next use a mole ratio to relate moles of the reactant to moles of the product. Finally, you will use the molar mass to convert from moles of the product to the mass of the product. Known mass of ammonium nitrate 5.0 g NH 4 NO 3 Unknown mass of water? g H O. Solve for the Unknown Write the balanced chemical equation for the reaction and identify the known and unknown substances. 5.0 g?g NH 4 NO 3 (s) 0 N O(g) H O(g) Convert grams of NH 4 NO 3 to moles of NH 4 NO 3 using the inverse of molar mass as the conversion factor. NH4 5.0 g NH 4 NO 3 N O g NH4 N 0.3 NH O 4 NO 3 Determine from the equation the mole ratio of mol H O to mol NH 4 NO 3. The unknown quantity is the numerator. mol HO 1m ol NH N 4 O 3 3 Multiply mol NH 4 NO 3 by the mole ratio. mol HO 0.3 NH 4 NO mol H 1m ol NH4NO O 3 Calculate the mass of H O using molar mass as the conversion factor mol H O g HO H O 11. g H O The vigorous decomposition of ammonium nitrate attests to its use in explosives. However, ammonium nitrate is also widely used as a fertilizer because it is 100 percent available for plant use. 3. Evaluate the Answer The number of significant figures in the answer, three, is determined by the given moles of ammonium nitrate. The calculations are correct and the unit is appropriate. 1. Stoichiometric Calculations 361

12 Step 1 Start with a balanced equation Mass of given substance no direct conversion Mass of unknown substance Step Convert from grams to moles 1mol number of grams number of grams 1mol Step 4 Convert from moles to grams moles of unknown moles of given Mole of given substance Step 3 Convert from moles of given to moles of unknown Moles of unknown substance Steps in Stoichiometric Calculations 1. Write a balanced chemical equation. Interpret the equation in terms of moles.. Determine the moles of the given substance using a mass-to-mole conversion. Use the inverse of the molar mass as the conversion factor. 3. Determine the moles of the unknown substance from the moles of the given substance. Use the appropriate mole ratio from the balanced chemical equation as the conversion factor. 4. From the moles of the unknown substance, determine the mass of the unknown substance using a mole-to-mass conversion. Use the molar mass as the conversion factor. Figure 1-4 Follow the steps from the balanced equation to the mass of the unknown. Note that there is no shortcut from the mass of the given substance to the mass of the unknown substance. The route goes through the mole. However, you can follow the arrow from step 1 to step 3 if the amount of the given substance is in moles. Section 1. Assessment 15. Why is a balanced chemical equation needed in solving stoichiometric calculations? 16. When solving stoichiometric problems, how is the correct mole ratio expressed? 17. List the four steps used in solving stoichiometric problems. 18. Thinking Critically In a certain industrial process, magnesium reacts with liquid bromine. How would a chemical engineer determine the mass of bromine needed to react completely with a given mass of magnesium? 19. Concept Mapping Many cities use calcium chloride to prevent ice from forming on roadways. To produce calcium chloride, calcium carbonate (limestone) is reacted with hydrochloric acid according to this equation. CaCO 3 (s) HCl(aq) 0 CaCl (aq) H O(l) CO (g) Create a concept map that describes how you can determine the mass of calcium chloride produced if the mass of hydrochloric acid is given. 1. Stoichiometric Calculations 363

13 Section 1.3 Limiting Reactants Objectives Identify the limiting reactant in a chemical equation. Identify the excess reactant and calculate the amount remaining after the reaction is complete. Calculate the mass of a product when the amounts of more than one reactant are given. Vocabulary limiting reactant excess reactant Figure 1-5 Each tool set must have one hammer so only four sets can be assembled. Which tool is limiting? Which tools are in excess? At a school dance, the music begins and boys and girls pair up to dance. If there are more boys than girls, some boys will be left without partners. The same is true of reactants in a chemical reaction. Rarely in nature are reactants in a chemical reaction present in the exact ratios specified by the balanced equation. Generally, one or more reactants are in excess and the reaction proceeds until all of one reactant is used up. Why do reactions stop? When a chemical reaction is carried out in the laboratory, the same principle applies. Usually, one or more reactants are in excess, while one is limited. The amount of product depends upon the reactant that is limited. Remember the reaction between potassium permanganate and sodium hydrogen sulfite in the DISCOVERY LAB. As you added colorless sodium hydrogen sulfite to purple potassium permanganate, the color faded as a reaction took place. Finally, the solution was colorless. You could have continued adding sodium hydrogen sulfite, but would any further reaction have taken place? You are correct if you said that no further reaction could take place because no potassium permanganate was available to react. Potassium permanganate was a limiting reactant. As the name implies, the limiting reactant limits the extent of the reaction and, thereby, determines the amount of product. A portion of all of the other reactants remains after the reaction stops. These left-over reactants are called excess reactants. What was the excess reactant in the reaction of potassium permanganate and sodium hydrogen sulfite? To help you understand limiting reactants, consider the analogy in Figure 1-5. How many tool sets can be assembled from the items shown if each complete tool set consists of one pair of pliers, one hammer, and two screwdrivers? You can see that four complete tool sets can be assembled. The number of tool sets is limited by the number of available hammers. Pliers and screwdrivers remain in excess. Chemical reactions work in a similar way. Tools available Sets of tools Set 1 Set Set 3 Set 4 Extra tools 364 Chapter 1 Stoichiometry

14 Before reaction After reaction 3 Nitrogen molecules (6 Nitrogen atoms) 3 Hydrogen molecules (6 Hydrogen atoms) Ammonia molecules Nitrogen molecules (4 Nitrogen atoms) The calculations you did in Section 1. were based on having the reactants present in the ratio described by the balanced chemical equation. How can you calculate the amount of product formed when one reactant limits the amount of product and the other is in excess? The first thing you must do is determine which reactant is the limiting reactant. Consider the reaction shown in Figure 1-6 in which three molecules of nitrogen (N ) and three molecules of hydrogen (H ) react to form ammonia (NH 3 ). You can visualize that in the first step of the reaction, all the nitrogen molecules and hydrogen molecules are separated into individual atoms. These are the atoms available for reassembling into ammonia molecules just like the tools in Figure 1-5 before they were assembled into tool kits. How many molecules of ammonia will be produced from the available atoms? Four tool kits could be assembled from the tools because only four hammers were available. Two ammonia molecules can be assembled from the hydrogen and nitrogen atoms because only six hydrogen atoms are available, three for each ammonia molecule. When the hydrogen is gone, two molecules of nitrogen remain unreacted. Thus, hydrogen is the limiting reactant and nitrogen is the excess reactant. It s important to know which reactant is the limiting reactant because, as you have just learned, the amount of product formed depends upon this reactant. Figure 1-6 Refer to Table C-1 in Appendix C for a key to atom color conventions. Check to see whether all the atoms present before the reaction are present after the reaction. Some nitrogen molecules were unchanged in the reaction. Which reactant is in excess? Calculating the Product When a Reactant Is Limited How can you determine which reactant is limited? As an example, consider the formation of disulfur dichloride (S Cl ). Disulfur dichloride is used to vulcanize rubber, a process that makes rubber harder, stronger, and less likely to become soft when hot or brittle when cold. In the production of disulfur dichloride, molten sulfur reacts with chlorine gas according to this equation. S 8 (l) 4Cl (g) 0 4S Cl (l) If 00.0 g of sulfur reacts with g of chlorine, what mass of disulfur dichloride is produced? Masses of both reactants are given. You must first determine which one is the limiting reactant because the reaction will stop producing product when the limiting reactant is used up. Identifying the limiting reactant involves finding the number of moles of each reactant. This is done by converting the masses of chlorine and sulfur to moles. Multiply each mass by the conversion factor that relates moles and mass, the inverse of the molar mass g Cl Cl g Cl mol Cl S g S mol S 56.5 g S Limiting Reactants 365

15 Biology CONNECTION Vitamins and minerals are needed in small amounts in your daily diet. These substances are essential to the reactions in normal metabolism, growth and development, and regulation of the functioning of your body's cells. Vitamin B-1 is necessary for red blood cells to mature properly in the bone marrow. People with pernicious anemia lose their ability to make intrinsic factor, a substance secreted by the stomach's membrane lining that enables vitamin B-1 to be absorbed from the intestine. Without an adequate amount of vitamin B-1, the body is unable to synthesize DNA properly, which affects red blood cell production. The next step involves determining whether the two reactants are in the correct mole ratio as given in the balanced chemical equation. The coefficients in the balanced chemical equation indicate that four moles of chlorine are needed to react with one mole of sulfur. This 4:1 ratio from the equation must be compared with the actual ratio of the moles of available reactants just calculated above. To determine the actual ratio of moles, divide the available moles of chlorine by the available moles of sulfur mol Cl available mol S 8 available mol Cl available S 8 available Only mol of chlorine is actually available for every of sulfur instead of the 4 mol of chlorine required by the balanced chemical equation. Therefore, chlorine is the limiting reactant. After the limiting reactant has been determined, the amount of product in moles can be calculated by multiplying the given number of moles of the limiting reactant (1.410 mol Cl ) by the mole ratio that relates disulfur dichloride and chlorine mol Cl 4 mol S C l mol S 4 mol Cl Cl Then, moles of S Cl is converted to grams of S Cl by multiplying by the conversion factor that relates mass and moles, molar mass mol S Cl g SCl g S S Cl Cl These two calculations can be combined into one like this mol Cl 4 mol 4 mo S C l l Cl g SCl g S mol S Cl Cl Now you know that g S Cl is produced when mol Cl reacts with an excess of S 8. What about the reactant sulfur, which you know is in excess? How much of it actually reacted? You can calculate the mass of sulfur needed to react completely with mol of chlorine using a mole-to-mass calculation. The first step is to multiply the moles of chlorine by the mole ratio of sulfur to chlorine to obtain the number of moles of sulfur. Remember, the unknown is the numerator and the known is the denominator. S mol Cl mol S 4 mol Cl 8 Now, to obtain the mass of sulfur needed, mol S 8 is multiplied by the conversion factor that relates mass and moles, molar mass mol S g S g S S 8 needed Knowing that 90.4 g S 8 is needed, you can calculate the amount of sulfur left unreacted when the reaction ends. Because 00.0 g of sulfur is available and only 90.4 g is needed, the mass in excess is 00.0 g S 8 available 90.4 g S 8 needed g S 8 in excess Chapter 1 Stoichiometry

16 EXAMPLE PROBLEM 1-5 Determining the Limiting Reactant The reaction between solid white phosphorus and oxygen produces solid tetraphosphorus decoxide (P 4 O 10 ). This compound is often called diphosphorus pentoxide because its empirical formula is P O 5. a. Determine the mass of tetraphosphorus decoxide formed if 5.0 g of phosphorus (P 4 ) and 50.0 g of oxygen are combined. b. How much of the excess reactant remains after the reaction stops? 1. Analyze the Problem You are given the masses of both reactants so the limiting reactant must be identified and used for finding the mass of product. From moles of limiting reactant, the moles of the excess reactant used in the reaction can be determined. The number of moles of excess reactant that actually reacted can be converted to mass and subtracted from the given mass to find the amount in excess. Known mass of phosphorus 5.0 g P 4 mass of oxygen 50.0 g O Unknown mass of tetraphosphorus decoxide? g P 4 O 10 mass of excess reactant? g excess reactant. Solve for the Unknown a. Write the balanced chemical equation and identify the knowns and the unknown. 5.0 g 50.0 g 0? g P 4 (s) 5O (g) 0 P 4 O 10 (s) Determine the number of moles of the reactants by multiplying each mass by the conversion factor that relates moles and mass, the inverse of molar mass. P4 5.0 g P mol P g P 4 O 50.0 g O 1.56 mol O 3.00 g O 4 Calculate the actual ratio of available moles of O and available moles of P mol O 7. 7 mol O 0. 0 mol P P 4 4 Determine the mole ratio of the two reactants from the balanced chemical equation. 5 mol 1 mo O l P 4 Tiny pieces of white phosphorus deposited on filter paper burst into flame on contact with air. That s why white phosphorus is never found free in nature. Phosphorus is an essential element in living systems; for example, phosphate groups occur regularly along strands of DNA. Because 7.7 mol O is available but only 5 mol is needed to react with P 4, O is in excess and P 4 is the limiting reactant. Use the moles of P 4 to determine the moles of P 4 O 10 that will be produced. Multiply the number of moles of P 4 by the mole ratio of P 4 O 10 (the unknown) to P 4 (the known). 0.0 mol P 4 P4O mol P P 4 O 10 4 Continued on next page 1.3 Limiting Reactants 367

17 To calculate the mass of P 4 O 10, multiply moles of P 4 O 10 by the conversion factor that relates mass and moles, molar mass. 0.0 mol P 4 O g P4 O 10 P4 O 57.3 g P 4 O b. Because O is in excess, only part of the available O is consumed. Use the limiting reactant, P 4, to determine the moles and mass of O used. 0.0 mol P 4 5 mol 1 mo O l P 1.0 O (moles needed) 4 Multiply moles of O by the conversion factor that relates mass and moles, molar mass g O 1.0 O 3.3 g O (mass needed) O Subtract the mass of O needed from the mass available to calculate excess O g O available 3.3 g O needed 17.7 g O in excess 3. Evaluate the Answer All values have a minimum of three significant figures, so the mass of P 4 O 10 is correctly stated with three digits. The mass of excess O (17.7 g) is found by subtracting two numbers that are accurate to the first decimal place. Therefore, the mass of excess O correctly shows one decimal place. The sum of the oxygen that was consumed (3.3 g) and the given mass of phosphorus (5.0 g) is 57.3 g, the calculated mass of the product phosphorus decoxide. Practice! For more practice determining the limiting reactant in a chemical reaction, go to Supplemental Practice Problems in Appendix A. PRACTICE PROBLEMS 0. The reaction between solid sodium and iron(iii) oxide is one in a series of reactions that inflates an automobile airbag. 6Na(s) Fe O 3 (s) 0 3Na O(s) Fe(s) If g Na and g Fe O 3 are used in this reaction, determine a. the limiting reactant. b. the reactant in excess. c. the mass of solid iron produced. d. the mass of excess reactant that remains after the reaction is complete. 1. Photosynthesis reactions in green plants use carbon dioxide and water to produce glucose (C 6 H 1 O 6 ) and oxygen. Write the balanced chemical equation for the reaction. If a plant has 88.0 g carbon dioxide and 64.0 g water available for photosynthesis, determine a. the limiting reactant. b. the excess reactant and the mass in excess. c. the mass of glucose produced. Why use an excess of a reactant? Why are reactions usually not carried out using amounts of reactants in the exact mole ratios given in the balanced equation? Some reactions do not continue until all the reactants are used up. Instead, they appear to stop while portions of the reactants are still present in the reaction mixture. Because this is inefficient and wasteful, chemists have found that by using an excess of one reactant often the least expensive 368 Chapter 1 Stoichiometry

18 one reactions can be driven to continue until all of the limiting reactant is used up. Using an excess of one reactant can also speed up a reaction. In Figure 1-7, you can see an example of how controlling the amount of a reactant can increase efficiency. Your school laboratory may have the kind of Bunsen burner shown in the figure. If so, you probably know that this type of burner has a control that can vary the amount of air (oxygen) that mixes with the gas. How efficiently the burner operates depends upon the ratio of oxygen to methane gas in the fuel mixture. When the amount of air is limited, the resulting flame is yellow because of glowing bits of unburned fuel, which deposit on glassware as soot (carbon). Fuel is wasted because the amount of energy released is less than the amount that could have been produced if enough oxygen were available. When sufficient oxygen is present in the combustion mixture, the burner produces a hot, intense blue flame. No soot is deposited because the fuel is completely converted to carbon dioxide and water vapor. Figure 1-7 With insufficient oxygen, the burner on the left burns with a yellow, sooty flame. The burner on the right burns hot and clean because an excess of oxygen is available to react completely with the methane gas. Section 1.3 Assessment. What is meant by the limiting reactant? Why is it necessary to identify the limiting reactant when you want to know how much product will form in a chemical reaction? 3. Describe how the mass of the product can be calculated when one reactant is in excess. 4. Are limiting reactants present in all reactions? Explain. 5. Thinking Critically For the following reactions, identify the limiting reactant and the excess reactant. Give reasons for your choices. a. wood burning in a campfire b. sulfur in the air reacting with silver flatware to produce tarnish, or silver sulfide c. baking powder in cake batter decomposing to produce carbon dioxide, which makes the cake rise 6. Analyze and Conclude The equation representing the production of tetraphosphorus trisulfide (P 4 S 3 ), a substance used in some match heads, is 8P 4 3S 8 0 8P 4 S 3 Determine if each of the following statements is correct. If the statement is incorrect, rewrite it to make it correct. a. To produce 4 mol P 4 S 3, 4 mol P 4 must react with 1.5 mol S 8. b. When 4 mol P 4 reacts with 4 mol S 8, sulfur is the limiting reactant. c. When 6 mol P 4 and 6 mol S 8 react, 130 g P 4 S 3 is produced. 1.3 Limiting Reactants 369

20 EXAMPLE PROBLEM 1-6 Calculating Percent Yield When potassium chromate (K CrO 4 ) is added to a solution containing g silver nitrate (AgNO 3 ), solid silver chromate (Ag CrO 4 ) is formed. a. Determine the theoretical yield of the silver chromate precipitate. b. If g of silver chromate is obtained, calculate the percent yield. 1. Analyze the Problem You are given the mass of the reactant AgNO 3 and the actual yield of the product Ag CrO 4. You need to write the balanced chemical equation and calculate the theoretical yield by making these conversions: grams of silver nitrate to moles of silver nitrate, moles of silver nitrate to moles of silver chromate, moles of silver chromate to grams of silver chromate. The percent yield can be calculated from the actual yield of product and the calculated theoretical yield. Known mass of silver nitrate g AgNO 3 actual yield g Ag CrO 4 Unknown theoretical yield? g Ag CrO 4 percent yield? % Ag CrO 4. Solve for the Unknown Write the balanced chemical equation and indicate the known and unknown quantities g? g AgNO 3 (aq) K CrO 4 (aq) 0 Ag CrO 4 (s) KNO 3 (aq) Convert grams of AgNO 3 to moles of AgNO 3 using the inverse of molar mass. AgNO g AgNO g AgNO 3 mol AgNO 3 3 Use the appropriate mole ratio to convert mol AgNO 3 to mol Ag CrO mol AgNO 3 AgCrO mol AgNO 3 mol Ag CrO 4 Calculate the mass of Ag CrO 4 (the theoretical yield) by multiplying mol Ag CrO 4 by the molar mass mol Ag CrO g Ag C ro4 Ag C g Ag ro CrO 4 4 Divide the actual yield by the theoretical yield and multiply by g AgCrO % Ag g Ag CrO CrO Like silver chromate, all chromium compounds are colored. Although silver chromate is insoluble in water, potassium chromate (K CrO 4, yellow) and potassium dichromate (K Cr O 7, orange) are soluble. 3. Evaluate the Answer All quantities have three significant figures so the percent is correctly stated with three digits. The molar mass of Ag CrO 4 is about twice the molar mass of AgNO 3, and the ratio of mol AgNO 3 to mol Ag CrO 4 in the equation is :1. Therefore, g AgNO 3 should produce about the same mass of Ag CrO 4. The actual yield of Ag CrO 4 is close to g, so a percent yield of 93.% is reasonable. 1.4 Percent Yield 371

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