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At intermediate concentrations of H2S04 in the temperature range 140-170 degrees C, ethanol may be dehydrated by two different independent reactions (see attachment). Suppose that 30% of the ethanol reacts via reaction (1) and 70% via reaction (2). How many moles of water are produced per mole of original ethanol?

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Solution is found by determining the ratio of water produced to ethanol consumed.

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First reaction => the ratio of ethanol:water is 1:1... this means 1 mole of ethanol reacts and one mole of water is produced.

Second reaction => the ratio of ethanol:water is 2:1... this means 2 mole of ethanol reacts and 1 ...

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