   Chapter 3, Problem 51E

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Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are a common prescribed antidepressant. SSRIs block die reabsorption of the neurotransmitter serotonin in die brain. Changing the balance of serotonin helps brain cells send and receive chemical messages, which in turn boosts mood. Two SSRI medications are Prozac (fluoxetine, C17 H18F3NO) and Zoloft (sertraline. C17H17Cl2N). Determine the molar masses of Prozac and Zoloft.

Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation:

The molar mass of Prozac and Zoloft should be calculated.

Concept introduction:

Molar mass of element:

The mass of the element is multiplied with molar mass constant to give a molar mass of element.

Mass constantMu =1 g/mol

Molar mass of compound:

The sum of atomic weights of total number atoms present in the compound gives the molar mass of compound.

Explanation

To calculate molar mass of Prozac

The molecular formula of Prozac is C17H18F3NO

Carbon=12×17=204Hydrogen=1.008×18=18.44Flurine=19×3=57Nitrogen=14×1=14Oxygen=16×1=16Total weight =309.32g/mol

The sum of atomic weights of total number atoms present in Prozac to give a molar mass of Prozac.

The molar mass of Prozac is 309

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