Problem: The fat stored in the hump of a camel is a source of both energy and water.Calculate the mass of H2O produced by metabolism of 2.2 kg of fat, assuming the fat consists entirely of tristearin (C57H110O6), a typical animal fat, and assuming that during metabolism, tristearin reacts with O2 to form only CO2 and H2O.

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We’re being asked to calculate the mass of water (H2O) produced by the metabolism of 2.2 kg C57H110O6


For this problem, we need to do the following steps:

Step 1: Write and balance a chemical equation for the given reaction.

Step 2: Calculate the mass of H2O produced.



Step 1: From the problem, the given reaction is:

C57H110O6 + O2 → CO2 + H2O


This equation is not yet balanced. To balance it, we have to make sure that the number of elements on both sides is equal.


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The fat stored in the hump of a camel is a source of both energy and water.

Calculate the mass of H2O produced by metabolism of 2.2 kg of fat, assuming the fat consists entirely of tristearin (C57H110O6), a typical animal fat, and assuming that during metabolism, tristearin reacts with O2 to form only CO2 and H2O.

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