Problem: Aqueous hydrobromic acid will react with solid sodium hydroxide to produce aqueous sodium bromide and liquid water.HBr + NaOH → NaBr + H2OSuppose 15.0 g of hydrobromic acid is mixed with 11.4 g of sodium hydroxide. Calculate the maximum mass of sodium bromide that could be produced by the chemical reaction.

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We’re being asked to calculate the maximum mass of sodium bromide (NaBr) that could be produced by the chemical reaction.


We're given the balanced reaction:  HBr + NaOH → NaBr + H2O


Notice that we are given the mass of both reactants: this means we need to determine the limiting reactant, which is the reactant that forms the less amount of product


This is because once the limiting reactant is all used up, the reaction can no longer proceed and make more products.

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Aqueous hydrobromic acid will react with solid sodium hydroxide to produce aqueous sodium bromide and liquid water.

HBr + NaOH → NaBr + H2O

Suppose 15.0 g of hydrobromic acid is mixed with 11.4 g of sodium hydroxide. Calculate the maximum mass of sodium bromide that could be produced by the chemical reaction.

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