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You are given 1.448 g of brass and are told to assume that the brass is 100% Copper. Could you show how to calculate the mL of nitric acid needed to completely react with the brass? Thank you!

First order of business is to balance the chemical equation

Cu (s) + HNO3 (aq) --> Cu(NO3)2 (aq) + NO2 (g) + H20 (l)

Once balanced, calculate the number of moles of Cu you have using

mass Cu / atomic weight of Cu = moles of Cu

Once you know the number of moles of Cu, use your balanced equation to figure out how many moles of HNO3 you need to react all of it

moles of Cu * (n number of moles of HNO3/ m number of moles of Cu) = moles of HNO3 needed
where n is the molar coefficient for HNO3 and m is the molar coefficient for Cu in the balanced equation

Since you are asked for mL of nitric acid, you need to know the concentration... which you have not provided. Find that. Then find out how much you need.

moles of HNO3 needed / molar concentration of your HNO3 solution = volume of HNO3 solution needed.

Note that if you are assuming a concentrated solution of HNO3, that is a value you can just look up online (like in this table

I hope this helps!

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Dr. Jeffery Raymond


Materials chemistry. Materials science. Spectroscopy. Polymer science. Physical Chemistry. General Physics. Technical writing. General Applied Mathematics. Nanomaterials. Optoelectronic Behavior. Science Policy.


Teaching: General Inorganic Chemistry I & II, Organic Chemistry I & II, Physical Chemistry I, Polymeric Materials, General Physics I, Calculus I & II
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