Given the equation: CuCl2 + 2 NaNO3--> 2 Cu(NO3)2 + 2 NaCl, what is the limiting reagent if 15g of CuCl2 react with 20g of NaNO3?
If this is a double replacement reaction or salt metathesis, then I have taken the liberty of including the symbol representing an aqueous solution,
In order for a double replacement reaction to occur, one of the products must be a solid precipitate (a salt), an insoluble gas, or water. Since all species are in aqueous solution, none of these products occur, which means there is no reaction. The result is an aqueous solution containing
The equation should be written as
If you just want practice on finding the limiting reagent, I'll leave out the aqueous symbols.
In order to determine limiting reagent, you must include one of the products. I'm going to choose
First determine the molar masses of both reagents and sodium chloride.
For each reagent, divide the given mass by its molar mass. Then multiply times the mol ratio between NaCl and the reagent from the balanced equation. Then multiply times the molar mass of NaCl. The reagent that produces the least NaCl is the limiting reagent.
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