# Help me with by basic chem homework thx

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# Help me with by basic chem homework thx

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1. ### DwightGawb. Gawb Bluth.

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Aug 14, 2008
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Ok, so I was absent a few days ago when we learned about mass, moles, molecules, and atoms, and I have no clue how the fuck to convert them to eachother, aside from atoms=mcls*2 which is pretty fucking basic. I also know that to get from moles to mcls you have to do something with 6.02*10^24 or something.
And we have a quiz tomorrow. And I had a tennis match during after school help.

So, if you could do a few problems for me, and explain how to do it step by step, I would be really happy.

1: Give 14.6 g of KMnO4, find:
a)moles
b)molecules
c)atoms

2: Given 0.00302 moles of fluorine, how many grams, molecules, and atoms are present.

THANKS GBATEMP

2. ### sfunkGBAtemp Regular

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My teacher taught me something called the mol hill for conversions in Chem 11. Makes it real easy.

...................mol
....................^
.............../ \
.........grams molecules

When going up the hill divide by the value on the side of the hill (AMU or Avogadro's number). When going down the hill multiply. Because going up a hill is harder work, when going up the mol hill you do the harder operation. Stupid logic? Yes, but it still helps when remembering.

1. A.M.U. of KMnO4
K - 39.10
Mn - 54.94
O - 16 * 4
Total = 158.04g/mol (Just add. Multiply O by 4 because there's 4 of them)

a)14.6g/158.04g/mol (divide because you're going up the hill, from grams -> mol) = 0.0923816755mol

b)0.0923816755mol * 6.0221415E23(mol^-1) (multiply because you're going down, from mol -> molecules, 1/mol units on Avogadro's number because the outcome (number of molecules) is unitless) = 5.56335522E22molecules

c) Number of atoms in each molecule of KMnO4 = 1 K, 1 Mn, 4 O = 5 atoms per molecule
5atoms/molecule * 5.56335522E22molecules = 2.78167761E23atoms

2. Repeat this on your own. It's pretty much the same as the first question. I think fluorine is only found as F2 naturally.

Edit: Mole hill fucked up. Trying to fix.

Edit2: Shitty paint image added. ASCII art failure left intact. Man I hate chemistry. Organic chemistry will be the death of me.

Edit3: Edited for clarity.

Edit4: This link does the same job I just did but with different numbers: http://dbhs.wvusd.k12.ca.us/webdocs/Mole/Grams-to-Moles.html Also, in my mol hill, the bottom right is supposed to read "molecules" not just mole. I reuploaded the image but maybe your cache caught the old image.

3. ### DwightGawb. Gawb Bluth.

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Ah... Thanks so much
That's just what I needed.

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Aug 5, 2007
wOW I dont even get a thing your saying?!?!?!?!?

5. ### DwightGawb. Gawb Bluth.

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Have a good time in Chemistry haha

6. ### tinymonkeytGBAtemp brat

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Feb 27, 2008
yeah basically what sfunk said
you might wanna take off some digits though
mind the sig figs yeah?

if you need any clarification:
(putting what sfunk said in simpler terms and how to do it)
a. since you have 14.6 g of KMnO4
you multiply by the molar mass of KMnO4 (add every element of KMnO4 together. 1 of K and Mn, and 4 of oxygen. you get the numbers from the periodic table). it would be like a fraction, with 1 mol of KMnO4 on top, and the molar mass on the bottom in grams.
b. once you found how many moles it has, just multiply by avagadros number: 6.022 x 10^23
once again, you can set it up in fraction form, with 1 mole of KMnO4 on the bottom, and 6.022x10^23 molecules of KMnO4 on the top (so the bottom units will cancel out and you end up w/ molecules)
c. well for atoms, i thought it was the same thing as molecules (just change the units) but i could be wrong. im taking AP chem though.

2. yeah. this time, multiply it by the molar mass, except with the 1 mol of F on the bottom and grams on top. the rest should be the same as ^

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Aug 6, 2008
I'm in Chem right now and we havent learned this stuff. Are you a high school junior?

8. ### sfunkGBAtemp Regular

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I'm crazy for my decimal places. I keep everything until asked for a final answer only after which point do I round. Calculators have store functions for a reason .

Edit: I just realized that I made a mistake. Avogadro's number has units of 1/mol. The outcome is unitless as it is just a counting number.

9. ### DwightGawb. Gawb Bluth.

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ugh my teacher is such an ass about those.

So I tried a problem myself, tell me how I did:
3.28 moles
Fine grams, molecules, and atoms.
3.28 mol * 6.02*10^23= 1.97*10^24 molecules
1.97*10^24 molecules * 2 atoms/molecule = 3.95*10^24 atoms
3.28 mole/107.87 atomic mass= 0.0304 grams

I think I messed up on finding the grams...

10. ### sfunkGBAtemp Regular

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Maybe I missed something but what compound are we dealing with...?

11. ### DwightGawb. Gawb Bluth.

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Oops, it's Ag.

12. ### tinymonkeytGBAtemp brat

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Feb 27, 2008
for grams
multiply by 107.87, instead of dividing
because since youre starting with moles
youre going to be multiplying by g/mol, to get rid of the mol unit
a good indication if you done it right or wrong
is to check if the mole value is more than the grams (it will always be)

and why are there 2 atoms per molecule?
not that its wrong
i just dont see why

13. ### sfunkGBAtemp Regular

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Well Ag2 isn't a compound to my knowledge, silver is only found as Ag. So number of molecules = number of atoms, unless of course you've got something else written on your sheet. Other than that the math looks right to me, I'm not calculating it out but it looks good so far as I can see. Moles to grams looks right. As does everything else (minus the molecules to atoms).

Edit:Whoops, not thinking today. tinymonkeyt is right, multiply don't divide.

14. ### DwightGawb. Gawb Bluth.

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Aug 14, 2008
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Ok, I get it now.
Thanks for the help guys.

15. ### jabjabGBAtemp Fan

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Apr 21, 2008
1c) 6 atoms/molecule

Give your answer in max of 3 sig figs as thats whats used for all data supplied - make sure to carry through all intermediates unrounded though or you will introduce rounding errors.