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Enzymes in yeast convert sugar (C6H12O6) to alcohol (C2H5OH) according to the following equation:

C6H12O6 2 C2H5OH + 2 CO2

If you start with 270 grams of sugar, how many grams of alcohol will be produced?

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The solution calculates the mass in grams of alcohol produced.

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If we have 270 grams of sugar (C6H12O6), the first thing we need to find is the molecular weight and the number of moles of sugar.

Molecular Weight, MW = 6 (MW Carbon) + 12 (MW Hydrogen) + 6 (MW Oxygen)
= 6 (12.01 g/mol) + 12 (1.01 g/mol) + 6 (16.00 g/mol)
= 180.18 ...

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