Assume that algae need carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus in the atomic ratio 106:16:1. What is the limiting nutrient in the lake that contains the following concentrations: total carbon = 20 mg/L, total N = 0.80 mg/L and total P = 0.16 mg/L? If it is known that half the phosphorus in the lake originates from the use of phosphate detergents, will banning phosphate builders slow down eutrophication?© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com October 9, 2019, 7:01 pm ad1c9bdddf
Limiting reagent questions demand that you compare compounds or components on a mole to mole basis. In order to do that you need to take these masses and convert them into moles.
Take one liter of the water.
20 mg C
0.80 mg N
0.16 mg P
divide by their ...
Solution walks through the steps to finding out if banning phosphate builders can save a lake.