Stoichiometry deals with the calculation of the quantities of various reactants and products involved in a chemical reaction. The numerals used to balance a chemical equation are known as stoichiometric coefficients. These numerals are essential for solving problems based on chemical equation, hence called stoichiometric calculation.
In stoichiometric calculations, the mole relationship between different reactants and products are required as from them the mass-mass, mass-volume and volume-volume relationship between different reactants and products can be obtained.
Stoichiometric calculations can be carried out by two methods; Gravimetric Analysis and Volumetric Analysis. In the first method the amount of chemical species is determined by measurement of mass, whereas, in second method it is determined by measurement of volume. Stoichiometric calculation can be carried in terms of two important concept: (i) Mole Concept; (ii) Equivalent concept.
A mole (symbol mol) is defined as the amount of substance that contains as many atoms, molecules, ions electrons or any other elementary entities as there are carbon atoms in exactly 12 gm of 12C.
The number of atoms in 12 gm of 12C is called Avogadro’s number (N0)
N0 = 6.023 x 1023
One atomic mass unit (amu) = 1/N0 = 1.66 x 10–24 gm = 1.66 x 10–27 kg
The number of moles of a substance can be calculated by various means depending on data available, as follows.
(Standard molar volume at STP = 22.4 lit)
(e) Number of moles of solute = molarity x volume of solution in litres
(f) for a compound AxBy , y moles of A = x moles of B
(g) Mole fraction = fraction of the substance in the mixture expressed in terms of mol is called its mol fraction (X)
E.g. for a mixture of substance A & B
XA + XB = 1 & XA= (1 − XB)
Principle of Atom Conservation (POAC)
In chemical reaction atoms are conserved, so moles of atoms shall also be conserved. This is known as principle of atomic conservation.
This principle is helpful in solving problems of nearly all stoichiometric calculations e.g.
KClO3(s) → KCl(s) + O2(g)
Applying POAC for K atoms
Moles of K atoms in KClO3 = Moles of K atoms in KCl
Since one mole of KClO3 contains 1 mol of K atom. Similarly 1 mol of KCl contains one mole of K atoms.
Applying POAC for ‘ O ‘ atoms
Moles of O atom in KClO3 = Moles of O atom in O2
3 x nKClO3 = 2 x nO2
(Mass volume relationship of reactant and product)
In this way applying POAC we can break the chemical equation into a number arithmetic equations without balancing the chemical equation.
Moreover number of reactions and their sequence from reactants to products are not required. It is important to note that POAC can be applied for the atoms which remain conserved in chemical reaction.