Problem: Carborundum is silicon carbide, SiC, a very hard material used as an abrasive on sandpaper and in other applications. It is prepared by the reaction of pure sand, SiO2, with carbon at high temperature. Carbon monoxide, CO, is the other product of this reaction. Write the balanced equation for the reaction, and calculate how much SiO2 is required to produce 3.00 kg of SiC.

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We are asked to write the balanced equation for the reaction, and calculate how much SiOis required to produce 3.00 kg of SiC.


 SiO+ C → SiC + CO

Balance O: 

 SiO+ C → SiC + 2 CO

Balance C: 

 SiO+ 3 C → SiC + 2 CO

The balanced reaction is: SiO+ 3 C → SiC + 2 CO


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Carborundum is silicon carbide, SiC, a very hard material used as an abrasive on sandpaper and in other applications. It is prepared by the reaction of pure sand, SiO2, with carbon at high temperature. Carbon monoxide, CO, is the other product of this reaction. Write the balanced equation for the reaction, and calculate how much SiOis required to produce 3.00 kg of SiC.

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