For this problem, we're asked to a) Balance the equation for the complete neutralization of Mg(OH)2 with H3PO4 and b) Calculate the mass in g of Mg3(PO4)2 formed in this reaction
We need to do the following steps:
Step 1: Write a balanced chemical equation for the reaction.
Step 2: Calculate the # of moles for Mg(OH)2 (mass to mole using molar mass) and # of moles for H3PO4 (using molarity and the given volume)
Step 3: Based on the balanced chemical equation, do a mole-to-mole comparison, to determine the limiting reactant
Recall that the limiting reactant or limiting reagent is the compound that determines the maximum amount of product obtained in a chemical reaction.
The limiting reactant is the one that shows a smaller product yield (or smaller # of moles), while the excess reactant is that one that shows a greater product yield.
Step 4: Calculate the mass in g (mole to mass using its molar mass) of Mg3(PO4)2 formed from the moles of the limiting reactant
Consider 5.83g of Mg(OH)2 (s) reacted with 500.ml of 0.100M H 3PO4 .
a) Balance the equation for complete neutralization.
b) Calculate how many grams of Mg 3(PO4)2 are formed in this reaction.
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