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    Ammonia reacts with diatomic oxygen to form nitric oxide and water vapor:
    4NH3 + 5O2 > 4NO + 6H2O
    When 20.0 g NH3 and 50.0 g O2 are allowed to react, which is the limiting reagent?

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    A limiting reagent is one which is present in the minimum amount in the reaction and is consumed completely during the reaction.
    Now, moles of NH3 = 20.0 g/(17 g/mol)= 1.17moles
    Moles of O2 = 50.0 g/(32 g/mol) = 1.56 moles

    According to balanced equation,
    ratio of NH3 : O2
    4 : 5
    While the present mole ratio: 1.17 : 1.56
    or 3 4

    Which means that NH3 is present in lower amount than required and hence is limiting reagent

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