# Chemical Forums

## Chemistry Forums for Students => Undergraduate General Chemistry Forum => Topic started by: johnnyjohn993 on October 06, 2014, 10:41:29 AM

Title: stoichiometry help
Post by: johnnyjohn993 on October 06, 2014, 10:41:29 AM
Bornite ( 2Cu3FeS3 )

2Cu3FeS3 + 7O2  :rarrow: 6Cu +2FeO + 6SO2

If 2.50 metric tons of bornite is reacted with excess O2 and the process has an 86.3% yield of copper , what mass of copper is produced?

MY SOLUTION:

I got 0.871 tons of O2 using the stoichiometric relation of bornite and Oxygen.
Then I used the amount of Oxygen (i.e 0.817 tons O2) to evaluate the the mass of Cu... (by means of stoichiometric relation again) and I got 1.39 tons of Cu.

Question : HOw do I use the 86.3 % yield of copper in getting the right answer.
Title: Re: stoichiometry help
Post by: Borek on October 06, 2014, 11:03:24 AM
If there is an excess of oxygen it means all bornite reacted - and you don't have to calculate amount of oxygen. Also, you can calculate theoretical yield of copper directly from the given amount of bornite, not through the oxygen - while the final results are equivalent and shoudl be identical, you just did two times more work than necessary.

1.39 tons is a theoretical yield. Real yield is 86.3% of that. Just multiply.
Title: Re: stoichiometry help
Post by: Dan on October 06, 2014, 11:07:30 AM