Problem: Aspirin (C9H8O4) is synthesized by reacting salicylic acid (C7H6O3) with acetic anhydride (C4H6O3). The balanced equation isC7H6O3 + C4H6O3 → C9H8O4 + HC2H3O2a. What mass of acetic anhydride is needed to completely consume 1.00 X 102 g salicylic acid?b. What is the maximum mass of aspirin (the theoretical yield) that could be produced in this reaction?

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1.00×102 g C7H6O3 ×1 mol C7H6O3138.118 g C7H6O3  = 0.724 mol C7H6O3


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Aspirin (C9H8O4) is synthesized by reacting salicylic acid (C7H6O3) with acetic anhydride (C4H6O3). The balanced equation is

C7H6O3 + C4H6O→ C9H8O4 + HC2H3O2

a. What mass of acetic anhydride is needed to completely consume 1.00 X 102 g salicylic acid?

b. What is the maximum mass of aspirin (the theoretical yield) that could be produced in this reaction?

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