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# Mass-Mole Stoichiometry

## Calculations involving conversions of mass to moles and moles to mass

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Mass-Mole and Mole-Mass Stoichiometry

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While the mole ratio is ever-present in all stoichiometry calculations, amounts of substances in the laboratory are most often measured by mass. Therefore, we need to use mole-mass calculations in combination with mole ratios to solve several different types of mass-based stoichiometry problems.

### Mass to Moles Problems

In this type of problem, the mass of one substance is given, usually in grams. From this, you are to determine the amount in moles of another substance that will either react with or be produced from the given substance.

$\text{mass of} \ given \rightarrow \text{moles of} \ given \rightarrow \text{moles of} \ unknown$

The mass of the given substance is converted into moles by use of the molar mass of that substance from the periodic table. Then, the moles of the given substance are converted into moles of the unknown by using the mole ratio from the balanced chemical equation.

#### Sample Problem: Mass-Mole Stoichiometry

Tin metal reacts with hydrogen fluoride to produce tin(II) fluoride and hydrogen gas according to the following balanced equation.

$\text{Sn}(s)+2\text{HF}(g) \rightarrow \text{SnF}_2(s)+\text{H}_2 (g)$

How many moles of hydrogen fluoride are required to react completely with 75.0 g of tin?

Step 1: List the known quantities and plan the problem.

Known

• given: 75.0 g Sn
• molar mass of Sn = 118.69 g/mol
• 1 mol Sn = 2 mol HF (mole ratio)

Unknown

• mol HF

Use the molar mass of Sn to convert the grams of Sn to moles. Then use the mole ratio to convert from mol Sn to mol HF. This will be done in a single two-step calculation.

g Sn → mol Sn → mol HF

Step 2: Solve.

$75.0 \text{ g Sn} \times \frac{1 \text{ mol Sn}}{118.69 \text{ g Sn}} \times \frac{2 \text{ mol HF}}{1 \text{ mol Sn}}=1.26 \text{ mol HF}$

The mass of tin is less than one mole, but the 1:2 ratio means that more than one mole of HF is required for the reaction. The answer has three significant figures because the given mass has three significant figures.

### Moles to Mass Problems

In this type of problem, the amount of one substance is given in moles. From this, you are to determine the mass of another substance that will either react with or be produced from the given substance.

$\text{moles of} \ given \rightarrow \text{moles of} \ unknown \rightarrow \text{mass of} \ unknown$

The moles of the given substance are first converted into moles of the unknown by using the mole ratio from the balanced chemical equation. Then, the moles of the unknown are converted into mass in grams by use of the molar mass of that substance from the periodic table.

#### Sample Problem: Mole-Mass Stoichiometry

Hydrogen sulfide gas burns in oxygen to produce sulfur dioxide and water vapor.

$2\text{H}_2 \text{S}(g) + 3\text{O}_2(g) \rightarrow 2\text{SO}_2(g)+2\text{H}_2\text{O}(g)$

What mass of oxygen gas is consumed in a reaction that produces 4.60 mol SO 2 ?

Step 1: List the known quantities and plan the problem.

Known

• given: 4.60 mol SO 2
• 2 mol SO 2 = 3 mol O 2 (mole ratio)
• molar mass of O 2 = 32.00 g/mol

Unknown

• mass O 2 = ? g

Use the mole ratio to convert from mol SO 2 to mol O 2 . Then convert mol O 2 to grams. This will be done in a single two-step calculation.

mol SO 2 → mol O 2 → g O 2

Step 2: Solve.

$4.60 \text{ mol SO}_2 \times \frac{3 \text{ mol O}_2}{2 \text{ mol SO}_2} \times \frac{32.00 \text{ g O}_2}{1 \text{ mol O}_2}=221 \text{ g O}_2$

According to the mole ratio, 6.90 mol O 2 is produced with a mass of 221 g. The answer has three significant figures because the given number of moles has three significant figures.

#### Summary

• Calculations involving conversions of mass to moles and moles to mass are described.

#### Practice

Work problems 11-20 at the link below:

#### Review

1. In the first problem, what would happen if you multiply grams Sn by 118.69 grams/mole Sn?
2. Why is a balanced equation needed?
3. Does the physical form of the material matter for these calculations?