Problem: One of the best-selling light, or low-calorie, beers is 4.4 % alcohol by volume and a 12-oz serving contains 110 Calories; remember: 1 Calorie = 1000 cal = 1 kcal. To estimate the percentage of Calories that comes from the alcohol, consider the following questions.    If 4.4 % of the total volume is ethanol and the density of ethanol is 0.789 g/mL, what mass of ethanol does a 12-oz serving of light beer contain?

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We’re being asked to calculate the mass of ethanol in a 12-oz serving of light beer which contains 4.4 % ethanol by volume given its density.


Recall that we can solve for the volume percent using the equation:


volume percent=volume componenttotal volume×100


This means, that the % by volume ethanol in light beer (solution) is given by the equation: 


% volume=volume ethanolvolume solution×100


We can determine the mass of ethanol by using its density after finding its volume in light beer. 


volume ethanol (density) → mass ethanol


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One of the best-selling light, or low-calorie, beers is 4.4 % alcohol by volume and a 12-oz serving contains 110 Calories; remember: 1 Calorie = 1000 cal = 1 kcal. To estimate the percentage of Calories that comes from the alcohol, consider the following questions.    

If 4.4 % of the total volume is ethanol and the density of ethanol is 0.789 g/mL, what mass of ethanol does a 12-oz serving of light beer contain?

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