Stoichiometry: Measuring Chemicals of Any Given Reaction

First used by Jeremias Richter in 1792, the term Stoichiometry literally translates from the Greek for ‘element’ and ‘measure’.

Founded on the law of conservation of mass and the law of definite proportions, Stoichiometry is used to calculate and give insight into the reactants or the total mass of a product given that certain quantities are already known. For example, if the quantity of the total mass and of one reactant is known, the amount of other reactants can be empirically determined, likewise if the reactants are known, the total mass can be calculated.

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