## Calculating reactant moles [ENDORSED]

CaminaB_1D
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### Calculating reactant moles

Can someone explain the step of calculating reactant moles when solving a stoichiometry problem. In other words, I do not understand the "why" behind the calculations of this step.

Jasmin Argueta 1K
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### Re: Calculating reactant moles

Do you have a problem you would like help with? Maybe running through the steps with numbers will help when explaining.

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### Re: Calculating reactant moles

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### Re: Calculating reactant moles  [ENDORSED]

You are calculating the reactant moles in order to compare the amount of reactants available to the ratios in the balanced equation to determine which reactant is limiting. You cannot compare the quantities in grams since your balanced equation gives you molar ratios.

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### Re: Calculating reactant moles

Let's say you have 2kg of hamburger patties and 1kg of hamburger buns. How many hamburgers can you make? As you can see, we would need to know the amount of hamburger patties and buns you have in order to make this calculation. This is why we convert from grams into moles, so that we know the amount of reactants in a reaction.