Problem: Automobile batteries contain sulfuric acid, which is commonly referred to as "battery acid".Calculate the number of grams of sulfuric acid in 1 gallon of battery acid if the solution has a density of 1.31 g/mL and is 38.2 % sulfuric acid by mass.

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We’re being asked to determine the mass of sulfuric acid in a 1 gallon of battery acid if the solution has a density of 1.31 g/mL and 38.2% sulfuric acid by mass.


Recall that density is given by:

density (d) = massvolume 


We will do the following steps to solve the problem:

Step 1: Convert the volume of the solution from gallon to mL

Step 2: Calculate the mass of the solution using density

Step 3: Calculate the mass of sulfuric acid in the battery acid solution

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Automobile batteries contain sulfuric acid, which is commonly referred to as "battery acid".

Calculate the number of grams of sulfuric acid in 1 gallon of battery acid if the solution has a density of 1.31 g/mL and is 38.2 % sulfuric acid by mass.

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