Hints for solving Stoichiometry Problems

This document was developed by S.E. Van Bramer for Chemistry 145 at Widener University.


First the hamburger analogy

My recipe for a bacon double cheeseburger is:

Based on this recipe:

  1. If I have five bacon double cheeseburgers:
    1. How many hamburger buns do I have?
    2. How many hamburger patties do I have?
    3. How many slices of cheese do I have?
    4. How many strips of bacon do I have?

  2. How many bacon double cheeseburgers can you make if you start with:
    1. 1 bun, 2 patties, 2 slices of cheese, 4 strips of bacon
    2. 2 bun, 4 patties, 4 slices of cheese, 8 strips of bacon
    3. 1 dozen bun, 2 dozen patties, 2 dozen slices of cheese, 4 dozen strips of bacon
    4. 1 mole bun, 2 mole patties, 2 mole slices of cheese, 4 mole strips of bacon
    5. 10 bun, 20 patties, 2 slices of cheese, 40 strips of bacon

  3. If you had fixings for 100 bacon double cheeseburgers, but when you were cooking you ruined 10 of them. What percentage of the bacon double cheeseburgers do you actually make?


Now, the chemistry problem.

NOTE: The math and the concepts are identical to the above example. The only difference is the recipe.

Here are two examples of chemical recipes:

Based on the recipes above:

  1. If I have 1 mole of NaCl
    1. How many moles of sodium do I have?
    2. How many moles of Chloride do I have?

  2. If I want to make 5 moles of Na2SO4:
    1. How many moles of H2SO4 do I need?
    2. How many moles of NaOH do I need?

  3. How much Na2SO4 can I make if I have:
    1. 1 mole of H2SO4 and 2 mole of NaOH
    2. 10 mole of H2SO4 and 20 mole of NaOH
    3. 0.1 mole of H2SO4 and 0.2 mole of NaOH
    4. 1 mole of H2SO4 and 20 mole of NaOH
    5. 0.42 mole of H2SO4 and 0.65 mole of NaOH
    6. 5 grams of H2SO4 and 5 grams of NaOH


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    Scott Van Bramer
    Department of Chemistry
    Widener University
    Chester, PA 19013

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