What mass of aspirin will be produced if 11.2 g of salicylic acid are mixed with 18.2 g of acetic anhydride? Assume that the same reaction takes place to produce aspirin that was described in the previous problem
From the problem I can tell that you already have a chemical equation. The formula for a synthesis reaction of salicylic acid and acetic anhydrid is C7H6O2 + C4H6O3 --> C9H8O4 + C2H4O2.
First you have to change salicylic acid and acetic anhydride from g to mol so that you can figure out the limiting reactant. So find out how many g / mol in each of these reactants by adding up all of the atomic masses.
So know we know the limiting reactant is is the salicylic acid. Now find how many mol of aspirin could be made from .0818 mol C7H6O3. We know from the equation the 1 mol aspirin is equal to 1 mol salicylic acid in this problem.