If you have a pure liquid or a solid, you use its density to calculate its mass and then divide the mass by the molar mass.
If you have a solution, you multiply the molarity by the volume in litres.
1) MOLES FROM VOLUME OF PURE LIQUID OR SOLID
There are two steps:
Multiply the volume by the density to get the mass.
Divide the mass by the molar mass to get the number of moles.
How many moles are in 10.00 mL of acetic anhydride? The molar mass of acetic anhydride is 102.1 g/mol and its density is 1.080 g/mL?
The formula for density is:
where ρ is the density, m is the mass and V is the volume of the sample.
We can rearrange the formula to get,
2) MOLES FROM VOLUME OF SOLUTION
Molarity is the number of moles of a substance in one litre of solution
where n is the number of moles and Vis the volume in litres.
We can rearrange this equation to get the number of moles:
How many moles of NaCl are contained in 0.300L of 0.400 mol/L NaCl Solution?
1 L soln
0.400 mol NaCl
=0.120 mol NaCl