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How do you work out moles for each reactant from the equation, I have only been given...

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Posted April 8, 2013 at 2:22 PM via web

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How do you work out moles for each reactant from the equation, I have only been given the equation: H2SO4(aq) + Ba(s) --> BaSO4(?) + H2(g)

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ncchemist | eNotes Employee

Posted April 9, 2013 at 1:10 AM (Answer #1)

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I think you are asking about balancing the chemical equation.  The equation you have given is written below:

H2SO4 + Ba --> BaSO4 + H2

This reaction is already fully balanced.  We can tell this by the number of each different type of atom on each side of the equation.  There are two hydrogens on either side, one barium, one sulfur, and four oxygens on either side.  This means that the equation is balanced as is.  So you only need one mole of each reactant to fully react with each other.

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