Problem: Sodium hydroxide reacts with carbon dioxide to yield sodium carbonate and water. What is the limiting reagent when 2.15 mol of sodium hydroxide and 1.00 mol of carbon dioxide are allowed to react?(A) sodium hydroxide (B) carbon dioxide (C) the amounts are stoichiometric(D) cannot be determined (E) none of the above

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Write the balanced equation of the reaction and determine which is the limiting reagent between sodium hydroxide and carbon dioxide

Remember that limiting reagent will produce the least but correct amount of products

Reactants:

Sodium hydroxide

 Sodium  Group 1A  +1 charge Na+

 Hydroxide  polyatomic ion OH- -1 charge

 Balance the charges of Na+ and OH-  exchange (criss-cross) the numbers of the charges

            sodium hydroxide: NaOH

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Sodium hydroxide reacts with carbon dioxide to yield sodium carbonate and water. What is the limiting reagent when 2.15 mol of sodium hydroxide and 1.00 mol of carbon dioxide are allowed to react?

(A) sodium hydroxide 

(B) carbon dioxide 

(C) the amounts are stoichiometric

(D) cannot be determined 

(E) none of the above

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