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|Three balloons are attached to three bottles as shown in the picture. |
The samples are then dropped into their bottles.
Although the same amount of metal was used in each trial, the three balloons contain different volumes of H2 gas. In fact, there is an approximate 1:2:3 ratio with respect to the resulting sizes of the balloons.
2 Na (s) + 2 H2O (l) ---> 1 H2 (g) + 2 NaOH
2 Mg (s) + 4 HCl (l) ----> 2 H2 (g) + 2 MgCl2
2 Al (s) + 6 HCl (l) ----> 3 H2 (g) + 2 AlCl3
The balanced chemical equations show that the stoichiometry of the three reactions is different. The molar ratios of metal to hydrogen gas indicate that the aluminum metal will produce the most gas, then magnesium, and finally sodium.