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8: Stoichiometry and the Mole

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  • We have already established that quantities are important in science, especially in chemistry. It is important to make accurate measurements of a variety of quantities when performing experiments. However, it is also important to be able to relate one measured quantity to another, unmeasured quantity. In this chapter, we will consider how we manipulate quantities to relate them to each other.

    • 8.1: Stoichiometry
      Quantities of substances can be related to each other using balanced chemical equations.
    • 8.2: The Mole
      The mole is a key unit in chemistry. The molar mass of a substance, in grams, is numerically equal to one atom’s or molecule’s mass in atomic mass units.
    • 8.3: Percent Composition, Empirical and Molecular Formulas
      The chemical identity of a substance is defined by the types and relative numbers of atoms composing its fundamental entities (molecules in the case of covalent compounds, ions in the case of ionic compounds). A compound’s percent composition provides the mass percentage of each element in the compound, and it is often experimentally determined and used to derive the compound’s empirical formula.
    • 8.4: Empirical Formulas
    • 8.5: Molecular Formulas