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10th Edition
Steven S. Zumdahl + 2 others
ISBN: 9781305957404

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10th Edition
Steven S. Zumdahl + 2 others
ISBN: 9781305957404
Textbook Problem

Phosphorus occurs naturally in the form of fluorapatite, CaF2 · 3Ca3(PO4)2. The dot indicates 1 part CaF2 to 3 parts Ca3(PO4)2. This mineral is reacted with an aqueous solution of H2SO4 in the preparation of a fertilizer. The products are phosphoric acid, hydrogen fluoride, and gypsum, CaSO4 · 2H2O. Write the balanced equation describing this process.

Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation:

The balanced equation for the reaction of Fluorapatite with aqueous solution of sulfuric acid should be written.

Concept introduction:

Balanced equation:

  • The balanced equation is nothing but the all ionic compounds are represented as neutral compounds using the molecular formula.
  • In the balanced equation, the number of atoms for each element and total charge are equal in the reaction for in both reactants and the products sides.
Explanation

To write the balanced equation for the reaction of Fluorapatite with aqueous solution of sulfuric acid

Molecular formula of Fluorapatite is CaF2Ca3(PO4)2

Molecular formula of sulfuric acid is H2SO4

Molecular formula of phosphoric acid is H3PO4

Molecular formula of gypsum is CaSO42H2O

In one mole of CaF2Ca3(PO4)

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