Problem: Citric acid, C6H8O7, a component of jams, jellies, and fruity soft drinks, is prepared industrially via fermentation of sucrose by the mold Aspergillus niger. The equation representing this reaction is C12H22O11 + H2O + 3O2 ⟶ 2C6H8O7 + 4H2OWhat mass of citric acid is produced from exactly 1 metric ton (1.000 × 10 3 kg) of sucrose if the yield is 92.30%?

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We’re given the following balanced reaction:

C12H22O11 + H2O + 3 O2 ⟶ 2 C6H8O7 + 4H2O


From the balanced equation, 1 mole of sucrose (C12H22O11) forms 2 moles of citric acid (C6H8O7).

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Citric acid, C6H8O7, a component of jams, jellies, and fruity soft drinks, is prepared industrially via fermentation of sucrose by the mold Aspergillus niger. The equation representing this reaction is 

C12H22O11 + H2O + 3O2 ⟶ 2C6H8O7 + 4H2O

What mass of citric acid is produced from exactly 1 metric ton (1.000 × 10 3 kg) of sucrose if the yield is 92.30%?

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