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Yes you can assume this only if you have solved for the amount after your conversions. Like after you convert from percent-->grams-->moles--> and then divide by the smallest mole. The lowest value at that point is safe to say is the limiting reactant, otherwise you can't assume (like if your just talking about the initial moles given in the problem or something). Hope this helps!
Another strategy that seems to work when comparing moles is figuring out the number of moles for each compound and dividing it by its stoichiometric coefficient. At this point, we could compare the 2 numbers. The smaller number is the limiting reactant.
Firstly I usually find the moles for each of the reactant and then through a ratio (moles of first reactant : x = stoichiometric number first reactant : stoichiometric number second reactant) I calculate the amount of moles of the second reactant I should need and then I compare the moles that I have with the ones I should.
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