## Limiting Reagent

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Rebecca Altshuler 1D
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### Limiting Reagent

If you were given a limiting reagent question with three reagents, how would you solve it? Would you see which one was limiting between two of the reagents, and then check if the third reagent was more limiting than the first limiting reagent?

Kevin ODonnell 2B
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### Re: Limiting Reagent

Example #6 on this website does a great job of explaining it with a practice problem:
https://www.chemteam.info/Stoichiometry ... agent.html

Marwan Masri 3B
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### Re: Limiting Reagent

Alternatively, you can calculate how much of the product would each reactant produce; the reactant that produces the least moles of product would be the limiting reactant.

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### Re: Limiting Reagent

After calculating the moles of each reactant, use the lowest number of moles to help find the limiting reagent. Alternatively, use a molar ratio from the balanced chemical equation to determine how much of each product is needed to use up the others, the reactant without enough moles to use up the others is the limiting reactant.

Xingzheng Sun 2K
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### Re: Limiting Reagent

I would say you do the three reagents together. Find the moles of each one first and figure out which one is the smallest. That is the limiting reagent.

sarahartzell1k
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### Re: Limiting Reagent

personally, I would use the amount of each reagant to calculate the amount of moles you have then use the molar ratio to determine how many moles of each substance you need to find the limiting reactant that way.

Kyither Min 2K
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### Re: Limiting Reagent

I think the best way to figure out limiting reagent for any amount of reagents is figuring out the amount of moles of each reagent. Then, using the coefficients of the balanced equation, figure out how many moles of the product each reagent will get you if the rest of the reagents were in excess. Finally, the reagent that will produce the least amount of product is the limiting reagent.

jane_ni_2d
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### Re: Limiting Reagent

There is no difference between there being two limiting reagants and just one. You still find the mole ratio and the reagant with the smallest mole ratio is the limiting reagant.

Isabelle_Maletz_3E
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### Re: Limiting Reagent

You would have to still get the moles of each reactant then calculate the mole ratios. Then you would compare that mole ratio to the one in the balanced chemical equation and find the limiting reactant from there.

Tyler Vu 4I
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### Re: Limiting Reagent

You can still calculate the amount of product that each reagent produces and then the lowest one or ones would be the limiting reagent.

daniela3D
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### Re: Limiting Reagent

I don't think that's how it works. You need to find the weight of each reactant separately and compare which one weighs less. The one that weighs less is your limiting reactant.

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