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Mass Percentage Question

Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 9:51 pm
by derinceltik1K
What is the mass percent of the elements in Sr(NO2)2 ?

how would you start to solve this question?

Re: Mass Percentage Question

Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:16 pm
by Deepika Reddy 1A
You would use the molar mass. So find the molar mass of the entire compound, and then the molar mass of all the atoms of each element in the compound. Then divide the molar masses of all the atoms of each element by the total molar mass to get each element's mass percentage composition.

Re: Mass Percentage Question

Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:21 pm
by Eugene Chung 3F
add the molar masses (the mass shown in the periodic table) for each element in the compound. than, divide each element by the total molar mass of the compound.

Re: Mass Percentage Question

Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:36 pm
by Nicholas_Gladkov_2J
derinceltik1K wrote:What is the mass percent of the elements in Sr(NO2)2 ?

how would you start to solve this question?


Percent composition by mass is basically asking what is the percentage of the various elements in a molecule. For your provided example, you would:
1) Find the molar mass of the molecule
2) Find the weight of each element in the compound (atomic mass of each element multiplied by the amount/coefficient/subscript of each element: 1 Sn, 2 N, 4 O)
3) Put each weight of each element over the molar mass, and multiply by 100%

Re: Mass Percentage Question

Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:16 pm
by Ayushi2011
I'd start by first finding the how many elements are there in the compound, and then find the molecular mass of the compound. Since we know the number of elements, we divide the molecular mass of each element by the total mass of the compound we just found, to get mass percentage.

Re: Mass Percentage Question

Posted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 12:40 am
by salvadorramos3k
To find the percent compositions of each element, you would first need to find the molar mass of Sr(NO2)2. Then, you would find the molar masses of each individual element and divide those molar masses by the molar mass of the compound. Then you multiple the decimal by 100%.

Re: Mass Percentage Question

Posted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 11:32 am
by AveryAgosto
To determine mass percentage composition you find the molar mass of the compound then find the molar mass of each element in the compound and divide each elements mass by the total mass and multiply by 100 to find the percentage.

Re: Mass Percentage Question

Posted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 12:22 pm
by KMenjivar_3A
To determine the mass percentage, find the total molar mass of the compound. Then, divide it by the molar mass of each element. Lastly, you will need to multiply it by 100, which will give you the mass percentage.

Re: Mass Percentage Question

Posted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 12:29 pm
by Julianna Laurentano 4G
Begin by finding the total molar mass of Sr(NO2)2. Then, find the mass of each element and divide that by the total molar mass of Sr(NO2)2 to obtain each percentage. Make sure that your calculations include 1 Sr atom, 2 N atoms, and 4 O atoms.

Re: Mass Percentage Question

Posted: Sat Oct 12, 2019 5:10 pm
by Catherine Daye 1L
First, write down the molar masses of each element in the compound. Then find the molar mass of the compound by adding the atomic masses of the elements (making sure to account for the additional atoms ex. O2 is 32 g/mol). Finally, find the mass percent for each element using the equation [(molar mass)/(mass of compound)]*100.