How should you solve a limiting reactant chemical problem?

Sep 17, 2017

Well, the minimum requirement is a stoichiometrically balanced equation......

Explanation:

For example......the combustion of hydrocarbons.....say methane...

$C {H}_{4} \left(g\right) + 2 {O}_{2} \left(g\right) \rightarrow C {O}_{2} \left(g\right) + 2 {H}_{2} O \left(l\right)$

A sample of methane was completely combusted to give $44.0 \cdot g$ of carbon dioxide.....

What mass of water resulted? What masses of methane and dioxygen gas were initially present? Can you solve this? And note that I am spoon-feeding you a bit here in that I provided an equation that was stoichiometrically balanced with respect to mass and charge.