Mass & Conversions

Under mass conversions, connections between grams, moles and molecules are established. 

The Mole 

The mole is the chemical unit for the amount of a substance and serves as the bridge that connects grams to molecules, atoms, formula units and ions. 

Mass Conversions

Concept: Avogadro’s Number, Moles, Molecules & Atoms 

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Before we begin, we should realize that mass conversions are going to play a very important and essential role in almost all the calculations we're going to do this semester.
We're going to start off by saying that the mole is the chemical unit for the amount of a substance. What exactly does this mean? Instead of a chemist ordering a hundred pounds of a particular element, a scientist could easily say 'I need 10.12 moles of carbon' or '100 moles of nitrogen'. It's basically a certain way that chemist communicate with each other to designate the amount, the weight they need of a particular element or compound.
We're going to say that one mole which you can write as this way, one mole contains 6.022x1023 entities. We're going to say that this special number has a name to it. This special number is known as Avogadro's number. When we say the word 'entities', entities means different things. When we say entities, entities can mean atoms, molecules or particles.
We're going to say we use atoms when we're dealing with a single or individual element. If I want 1,000 atoms of oxygen, I'm only talking about single oxygen. Remember oxygen can exists as a diatomic molecule, but here we're not talking about the molecule, we're talking about just the atom.
We're going to say we use molecules or particles when dealing with more than one element together or a compound, so just remember the difference. Atoms go with a single elements, molecules or particles goes with more than one element together or a compound. Compounds remember are just different elements combined together.

The words atoms and ions are used when talking about a single element and the words molecules and formula units are used when talking about more than one element together. 

Concept: Atoms to Moles to Grams 

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How does this relate to our calculations we're going to do this semester?
Here we have two good examples of when do we use atoms versus when do we use molecules or particles. If we take a look, we say we have 6.022x1023 atoms of iron. Iron is there by itself, so that's why we're using the term atoms. Remember that's Avogadro's number. That number is always equal to one mole of whatever we're talking about. Since we have this many atoms of iron, that means we have one mole of iron.
We're going to say also that one mole of something is related to its weight. It's atomic mass which you'll find on your periodic table. If you look at your periodic table right now, look for iron, it's a transition metal. One mole of iron is equal to its atomic mass that you see on your periodic table. If you take a look, you'll see 55.85. That's representative of its atomic mass unit or we can say 55.85 grams per mole.
What we need to realize here, that there's a connection. We can go from atoms to moles to grams. I show you double arrows meaning we can go either way. So we can go from atoms to moles or moles to atoms. We can go from moles to gram or grams to moles. The arrows go both ways.
What we should realize here is that moles play the connection that's between atoms and grams. Remember you can’t go straight from atoms to grams without having first go through moles.

Example: Determine the mass (in grams) found in 7.28 x 1028 nitrogen atoms.  

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Concept: Molecules to Moles to Grams

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We've seen how atoms work. Now let's see how molecules work. We're going to start out again with Avogadro's number, but this time in terms of molecules of water. Remember that Avogadro's number is equal to one mole of whatever we're talking about, whether it be an atom, whether it be a molecule, whether it be particles, so that's equal to one mole of water.
One mole of any substance, whether it be an individual element or a compound, one mole of anything is equal to that objects molecular weight, its atomic mass. Here we have a mixture of different elements together, we have two hydrogens, we have one oxygen and water. To find out its total mass, we're going to add up each individual part.
We have two hydrogens, right? Because this little two here with the H, if you look on your periodic table, look for the atomic mass of hydrogen. When you look at it, you'll see that on your periodic table, its 1.008 grams and there are two hydrogens, so multiply that number times two. So that's 2.016 grams per mole.
Also, we have one oxygen which weighs 16 grams according to our periodic table, so that's 16 grams per mole. When you add those two numbers up together, that gives you the 18.016 grams per mole or 18.016 atomic mass units. That's where that number came from. We looked up each of the atomic masses of each individual element and then added them up together to get our answer.
Remember, Avogadro's number is always equal to one mole of whatever we're talking about. One mole of anything is just equal to the total mass of that object. If we take a look at this example, we're going to say it says, 'Determine how many molecules of carbon dioxide are found in 75 grams of carbon dioxide?'
Now, you should notice that this chart is similar to the one we just saw, except now instead of seeing atoms, we see molecules. You could also put particles in there too. Remember, there's a connection between molecules at moles, you can go from molecules to moles or moles to molecules and again there's a connection between moles and grams. 

Example: Determine the how many molecules of carbon dioxide, CO2, are found in 75.0 g CO2.

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Mass Conversion Calculations

Problem: If the density of water is 1.00 g/mL at 25oC calculate the number of water molecules found in 1.50 x 10^3 µL of water.

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Problem: Calculate the number of oxygen atoms found in 783.9 g in copper (II) sulfate pentahydrate, CuSO4 x 5 H2O.

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Problem: The density of the sun is 1.41 g/cm3 and its volume is 1.41 x 10^27 m3. How many hydrogen molecules are in the sun if we assume all the mass is hydrogen gas?

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Problem: A cylindrical copper wire is used for the fences around a house. The copper wire has a diameter of 0.0750 in. How many copper atoms are found in 5.160 cm piece? The density of copper is 8.96 g/cm3. ( V = pi x r^2 x h )

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Mass & Conversions Additional Practice Problems

How many xenon atoms are contained in 2.36 moles of xenon?

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On the planet Tatooine, the unit of length is the zither which is defined by the relationship 7.50 cm = 1 zither. A distance of 100 meters would be _________ zithers.

a. 133

b. 266

c. 750

d. 1.33 X 103

e. 7.5 X 104

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What is the average mass in grams of one atom of iron?

a. 55.85 g

b. 6.02 x 10-23 g

c. 9.28 x 10-23 g

d. 1.66 x 10-24 g

e. 55.85 x 10-25 g

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Which of the following samples contains the largest number of atoms?

a. 1 g Li

b. 1 g F2

c. 1 g C

d. 1 g P4

e. 1 g N2

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How many atoms of carbon are there in 0.80 moles of C 6H4Cl2?

a. 3.9 x 1024

b. 3.6 x 1024

c. 2.9 x 1024

d. 6.0 x 1023

e. 4.8 x 1023

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How many sodium atoms are in 6.0 g of Na 3N?

a. 1.3 x 1023 atoms

b. 3.6 x 1024 atoms

c. 1.217 atoms

d. 4.6 x 1022 atoms

e. 0.072 atoms

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How many sulfur atoms are present in 256 mg of Al 2(S2O3)3?

a. 3.95 x 1022

b. 6

c. 7.90 x 1022

d. 0.393

e. 2.37 x 1021

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What is the molecular weight of glucose, C6H12O6

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Suppose we have 100 g of each of the following substances. Which sample contains the largest number of moles?

1. MgCO3, formula weight 84.3

2. AgCl, formula weight 143.3

3. Impossible to tell, unless we know what reaction will take place with the substance.

4. HCl, formula weight 36.5

5. HO, formula weight 18.0

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Stearic acid (C18H36O2) is a fatty acid found in beef and butter. 

a) What is the molecular mass of stearic acid? Give your answer in units of g/mol. 

 

 

 

 

b) How many oxygen atoms are present in 1.000 g of stearic acid? 

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What is the identity of substance X if 0.380 mol of X weighs 17.5 g?

A) NO2

B) N2O

C) N2O4

D) NO3

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What is the molar mass of calcium permanganate?

A) 199 g/mol

B) 278 g/mol

C) 216 g/mol

D) 159 g/mol

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How many moles of C3H8 contain 4.95 × 10 24 hydrogen atoms?

A) 3.09 moles C3H8

B) 6.58 moles C3H8

C) 1.03 moles C3H8

D) 9.73 moles C3H8

E) 8.22 moles C3H8

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How many moles of N2O3 contain 2.55 × 1024 oxygen atoms?

A) 7.87 moles N2O3 

B) 1.41 moles N2O3 

C) 4.23 moles N2O3 

D) 12.7 moles N2O3 

E) 2.82 moles N2O3 

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What is the mass of 9.44 × 10 24 molecules of NO2? The molar mass of NO2 is 46.01 g/mol.

A) 294 g

B) 341 g

C) 205 g

D) 685 g

E) 721 g

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What is the mass (in kg) of 6.89 × 10 25 molecules of CO2? The molar mass of CO2 is 44.01 g/mol.

A) 5.04 kg

B) 3.85 kg

C) 3.03 kg

D) 2.60 kg

E) 6.39 kg

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How many  C2H molecules are contained in 45.8 mg of  C 2H? The molar mass of  C2H is 28.05 g/mol.

A) 2.71× 10 20 C2H4 molecules

B) 9.83 × 10 20  C2H molecules

C) 7.74 × 10 26  C2H molecules

D) 4.69 × 10 23  C2Hmolecules

E) 3.69 × 10 23  C2H molecules

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How many N2O4 molecules are contained in 76.3 g N 2O4? The molar mass of N2O4 is 92.02 g/mol.

A) 4.59 × 10 25 N2O4 molecules

B) 5.54 × 10 25 N2O4 molecules

C) 7.26 × 10 23 N2O4 molecules

D) 1.38 × 10 24 N2O4 molecules

E) 4.99 × 10 23 N2O4 molecules

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Calculate the molar mass for Mg(ClO4)2.

A) 247.52 g/mol

B) 119.52 g/mol

C) 123.76 g/mol

D) 223.21 g/mol

E) 75.76 g/mol

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Calculate the mass (in kg) of 4.87 x 10 25 atoms of Zn.

A) 1.09 kg        

B) 1.89 kg            

C) 5.29 kg          

D) 1.24 kg              

E) 8.09 kg

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How many iron atoms are contained in 354 g of iron?

A) 9.50 × 10 22 Fe atoms

B) 3.82 × 10 24 Fe atoms

C) 2.13 × 10 26 Fe atoms

D) 4.69 × 10 24 Fe atoms

E) 2.62 × 1025 Fe atoms

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If 4.05 x 1023 molecules of a substance have a mass of 86.2 g, what is the molar mass of the substance?

A)  128 g/mol

B)  3.49 x 1025 g/mol                                   

C)  2.13 x 1022 g/mol

D)  4.70 x 1021 g/mol          

E)  58.0 g/mol

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How many formula units are in 0.25 mole of Na 2O?

A)  4.5 x 1023   

B)  0.75                 

C)  1.5 x 1023   

D)  4.2 x 10–25   

E)  0.25

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How many moles of PBr3 are contained in 3.68 × 1025 bromine atoms?

A) 61.1 moles PBr3
B) 20.4 moles PBr3
C) 16.4 moles PBr3
D) 183 moles PBr3
E) 49.1 moles PBr3

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What is the mass (in kg) of 6.89 × 10 25 molecules of CO2? The molar mass of CO2 is 44.01 g/mol.

A) 3.85 kg 
B) 5.04 kg
C) 2.60 kg
D) 3.03 kg
E) 6.39 kg

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A 20.0 g sample of an element contains 4.95 x 1023 atoms. Identify the element.

A) Cr

B) O

C) Mg

D) Fe

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What is the molar mass of aspartic acid, C 4O4H7N? 

A) 43.03 g/mol

B) 70.02 g/mol

C) 86.91 g/mol

D) 133.11 g/mol     

E) 197.98 g/mol

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The ebola virus is structured like a long filament that ranges from 974 to 1086 nm in length. If length of a virus filament is found to be 1046 nm, what would the the length be in cm?

a. 1.046 x 1010 cm

b. 1.046 x 10 -4 cm

c. 1.046 x 1014 cm

d. 1.046 x 10 -8 cm

e. 1.046 x 10-3 cm

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Amavadin is a vanadium-containing compound found in three species of toxic mushrooms. The chemical formula for amavadin is VC12H16N2O10 and has molar mass 398.94 g•mol-1. If a mushroom contains 2.00 mg of amavadin, how many molecules are present?

a. 1.20 x 1023

b. 4.80 x 1023

c. 3.02 x 1021

d. 3.02 x 1018

 

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What mass (in kg) does 0.0822 moles of lead (Pb) have?

a. 0.397 kg

b. 17.0 kg

c. 2.52 kg

d. 0.0170 kg

e. 0.632 kg

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In the chemical reaction N2 + 3 Mg → Mg 3N2 if you begin with 1.35 moles of Mg, how many moles of N2 are required to react all of the Mg?

A. 0.45              

B. 1.01          

C. 1.35            

D. 1.80            

E. 4.05

 

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If 2.50 grams of an unknown compound contains 6.25 x 10 19 molecules, what is its molecular mass?   

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Which of the following amounts have the  most molecules? 

a) 15.0 g N2

b) 15.0 g Br2

c) 15.0 g O2

d) 15.0 g l2

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Which of the following amounts would contain the  least atoms? 

a) 10.0 g Sr

b) 10.0 g Br

c) 10.0 g Mg

d) 10.0 g Li

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How many atoms of oxygen are there in 53.2 g Al 2(SO4)3?      

a. 9.36 x 1022

b. 3.75 x 1023

c. 1.12 x 1024

d. 2.81 x 1023

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How many moles of sodium ions (Na +) are in 56.0 g of sodium phosphate (Na 3PO4)?

A. 0.342 mol Na+

B. 1.03 mol Na+

C. 0.114 mol Na+

D. 3.06 x 103 mol Na+

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A 2.000 g sample of an unknown metal, M, was completely burned in excess O 2 to yield 0.02224 mol of the metal oxide, M2O3. What is the metal?

A. Y

B. Ca

C. Al

D. Sc

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The number of atoms in 9.0 g of aluminum is the same as the number of atoms in _____.

A. 8.1 g of magnesium

B. 9.0 g of magnesium

C. 12.1 g of magnesium

D. 18.0 g of magnesium

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What mass of the compound CrO3 (M = 100.0) contains 4.5 x 10 23 oxygen atoms?

a) 2.25 g

b) 12.0 g

c) 25.0 g

d) 75.0 g

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If the mass of 2.51 x 10 -3 moles of compound A is 0.452 g, then what is the molar mass?

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How many sodium ions are contained in 99.6 mg of Na  2SO3 ?

a) 1.05 X 1021

b) 1.52 X 1027

c) 2.10 X 1021

d) 9.52 X 1020

 

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How many iron atoms are contained in 354 g of iron?

A) 2.62 × 1025 Fe atoms

B) 2.13 × 1026 Fe atoms

C) 4.69 × 1024 Fe atoms

D) 3.82 × 1024 Fe atoms

E) 9.50 × 1022 Fe atoms

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How many Li atoms are contained in 97.9 g of Li?

A) 5.90 × 1025 Li atoms

B) 7.09 × 1021 Li atoms

C) 8.49 × 1024 Li atoms

D) 4.27 × 1022 Li atoms

E) 4.18 × 1024 Li atoms

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How many argon atoms are contained in 7.66 x 10 5 mol of argon?

A) 4.61 × 1029 Ar atoms

B) 1.84 × 1028 Ar atoms

C) 1.15 × 1028 Ar atoms

D) 7.86 × 1020 Ar atoms

E) 3.24 × 1026 Ar atoms

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How many cm3 are contained in 3.77 × 104 mm3?

A) 3.77 × 104 cm3

B) 3.77 × 101 cm3

C) 3.77 × 10-10 cm3

D) 3.77 × 1020 cm3

E) 3.77 × 106 cm3

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A 0.370 mol sample of a metal oxide (M 2O3) weighs 55.4 g. How many grams of M are in the sample, and what element is represented by the symbol M?

a) 75.28 g/mol; Arsenic

b) 101.7 g; Ruthenium

c) 37.6 g; Vanadium

d) 17.8 g; Metalium

e) 41.3 g; Iron

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What mass of carbon is present in 0.500 mol of sucrose (C12H22O11)?

Molar mass: C12H22O11 = 342 g/mol

A. 60.0 g

B. 72.0 g

C. 90.0 g

D. 120 g

 

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A 1.000-g sample of a metal chloride, MCl 2, is dissolved in water and treated with excess aqueous silver nitrate.  After drying, the silver chloride that formed weighed 1.286 g. Calculate the mass of M. 

a) 222.8 g     b) 76.00g      c) 152.0 g      d) 304.0 g      e) none of these

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What is the atomic weight of an element, X, if 1.00g of X combines with 0.66 g of oxygen to form a compound XO3?

A. 24

B. 67

C. 73

D. 100

E. 146

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What is A, if 64.0 g of A combines exactly with 142 g of Cl to give the compound ACl 2?

A. Br

B. Mg

C. Ca

D. S

E. Ba

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What is the mass of one molecule of C8H18 (octane) in grams?

A. 114

B. 1.9 x 10-22

C. 26

D. 6.9 x 10-21

E. 3.8 x 10-22

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A compound has a formula of Y2O5. If 2.8 g of Y combines with 8.0 g of oxygen, what is the atomic weight of Y?

A. 10

B. 12

C. 14

D. 16

E. 18

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Which of the following contains most hydrogen atoms in one gram of sample?

A. HClO4

B. HClO3

C. HClO2

D. HClO

E. HCl

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Which contains the largest number of carbon atoms?

A. 0.10 mol of carbon atoms

B. 1.2 g carbon

C. 0.10 mol of CH4

D. 1.6 g of CH4

E. All are the same

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How many moles are in 25 mg of O 2? (Atomic mass of O = 16.00 g/mol)

A) 7.8 ×10−4

B) 1.6 ×10−3

C) 0.40

D) 0.80

E) 800

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For a 90.0 g sample of glucose (C6H12O6) and a 171.1 g sample of sucrose (C12H22O11), which statement is true?

a. The sample of glucose has more moles than the sample of sucrose.

b. The sample of sucrose has more moles than the sample of glucose.

c. The samples have the same number of moles.

d. 1 mol of glucose has greater molecular mass than 1 mol of sucrose.

e. 1 mol of glucose has more C atoms in comparison to 1 mol of sucrose.

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We have a 1.3 x 1022 lead atoms and the same number of gold atoms. Which statement is true regarding the mass of these samples?

a. The mass of both of the samples is the same

b. The mass of the lead sample is greater than the mass of the gold sample.

c. The mass of the gold sample is greater than the mass of the lead sample.

d. The mass of the gold sample is 4.5 g.

e. The mass of the lead sample is 4.3 g.

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The definition of the mole gives the relationship between:

a. mass and the atomic number.

b. mass and number of atoms.

c. mass and weight.

d. the masses of the different isotopes of an atom.

e. the isotopes of an atom and the number of atoms.

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One molecule of a compound weighs 2.03 x 10 -22 grams. Calculate the molar mass of this molecule.

a. 3.37 x 10-46 g/mol

b. 3.36 x 10-23 g/mol

c. 1.23 x 10-21 g/mol

d. 1.22 x 10 2 g/mol

e. 1.21 x 1024 g/mol

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What is the molar mass of calcium phosphate, Ca 3(PO4)2?

a. 87.05 g/mol

b. 215.21 g/mol

c. 278.18 g/mol

d. 279.21 g/mol

e. 310.18 g/mol

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How many moles of methanol are present in a 150.0 gram sample of methanol, CH3OH?

a. 7.776 x 10 -24 moles

b. 4.681 moles

c. 5.172 moles

d. 4806 moles

e. 2.818 x 10 24 moles

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What mass (in kg) does 5.84 moles of Titanium (Ti) have?

a. 0.352 kg

b. 0.122 kg

c. 0.820 kg

d. 0.280 kg

e. 0.632 kg

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If 2.50 grams of an unknown compound contains 6.25 x 1019 molecules, what is its molecular mass? 

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Which of the following equals the number of hydrogen atoms in 40 grams of methane?

a. 1.5 x 10 24

b. 2.4 x 10 24

c. 6.0 x 10 24

d. 6.022 x 10 23

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A single atom of a certain element has a mass of 3.352 x 10 -23 g. The element is

a. Ne

b. Co

c. Al

d. Br

e. Ti

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What is the mass of 1.3 x 10 13 moles of N2  in pg?

a. 3.64 x 1014

b. 1.82 x 1014

c. 1.82 x 1026

d. 3.64 x 1026

e. none of the given answers is even close to being correct

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What is the weight of O in 742.0 g of citronella oil that has the chemical formula C10H18O?

a. 19.31

b. 18.52

c. 77.10

d. 115.5

e. 231.3

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How many oxygen atoms are in a 125 mg sample of aspirin? The molar mass of aspirin is 180.15 g/mol and its molecular formula is C9H8O4.

 

a) 4.18 × 1023

b) 4.18 × 1020

c) 1.67 × 1021

d) 1.36 × 1025

e) 8.68 × 1023

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A piece of metal was placed in a beaker, heated, and reacted with oxygen, thereby becoming a metal oxide. During this process, depending on reaction conditions, the metal’s oxidation state could become either M2+ or M3+. Consider the mass of the metal oxide.

 

a) The mass of the metal oxide is the same as the mass of the initial metal

b) The mass of the metal oxide is greatest if the metal becomes M 3+

c) The mass of the metal oxide is greatest if the metal becomes M 2+

d) The mass of the metal oxide is greatest if O 2(g) is the limiting reactant. 

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How many Cl ions are there in 15.6 g of MgCl 2?

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How many Cl atoms are there in 27.3 grams of magnesium chloride?

 

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Identify the correct statement regarding the mole.

a) A mole of oxygen gas contains 6.02 x 10 23 atoms.

b) A mole of chlorine gas contains 2 x 6.02 x 10 23 molecules.

c) A mole of carbon dioxide contains two moles of oxygen atoms.

d) A mole of ammonia gas (NH 3) has a mass of 34.0 g.

e) A mole consists of the number of particles in exactly 12 g of naturally occurring carbon. 

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A 1.000-g sample of a metal chloride, MCl 2, is dissolved in water and treated with excess aqueous silver nitrate. After drying, the silver chloride that formed weighed 1.286 g. Calculate the atomic mass of M.

 

a) 222.8 g

b) 76.00 g

c) 152.0 g

d) 304.0 g

e) none of these 

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How many Cl atoms are there in 27.3 grams of magnesium chloride?

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