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Problem: Aspirin can be made in the laboratory by reacting acetic anhydride (C4H6O3) with salicylic acid (C7H6O3) to form aspirin (C9H8O4) and acetic acid (C2H4O2). The balanced equation isC4H6O3 + C7H6O3 → C9H8O4 + C2H4O2In a laboratory synthesis, a student begins with 3.00 mL of acetic anhydride (density = 1.08/ml) and 1.26 g of salicylic acid. Once the reaction is complete, the student collects 1.23 g of aspirin.Determine the limiting reactant for the reaction.

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C4H6O3 + C7H6O→ C9H8O4 + C2H4O2


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Aspirin can be made in the laboratory by reacting acetic anhydride (C4H6O3) with salicylic acid (C7H6O3) to form aspirin (C9H8O4) and acetic acid (C2H4O2). The balanced equation is
C4H6O3 + C7H6O→ C9H8O4 + C2H4O2
In a laboratory synthesis, a student begins with 3.00 mL of acetic anhydride (density = 1.08/ml) and 1.26 g of salicylic acid. Once the reaction is complete, the student collects 1.23 g of aspirin.

Determine the limiting reactant for the reaction.

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