Problem: A particular coal contains 2.55% sulfur by mass. When the coal is burned, it produces SO2 emissions which combine with rainwater to produce sulfuric acid.Use the formula of sulfuric acid to calculate the mass percent of S in sulfuric acid.

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We are asked to calculate for the percent by mass (mass %) of Sin sulfuric acid (H2SO4) and to do that we’re going to use the mass percent formulashown below:

mass percent=mass elementtotal mass of compound×100%


For the percent by mass S, we’re going to rewrite the equation as:

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A particular coal contains 2.55% sulfur by mass. When the coal is burned, it produces SO2 emissions which combine with rainwater to produce sulfuric acid.

Use the formula of sulfuric acid to calculate the mass percent of S in sulfuric acid.

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