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Number of moles of glucose molecules

How many moles of glucose molecules are present in 1.8 grams of a sample of glucose?


The molar mass, sometimes referred to as molecular weight, is the mass of one mole of a substance and is usually expressed in grams. 


In general,

Calculation of molar mass of glucose (C6H12O6

The molar mass of glucose can be calculated from the molar masses of individual atoms present in it. From the molecular formula, C6H12O6, one can find there are 6 carbon atoms, 12 hydrogen atoms and 6 oxygen atoms in one molecule of glucose. 

Molar mass of C = 12 g mol-1

Molar mass of H = 1 g mol-1 

Molar mass of O = 12 g mol-1 

There fore,

Molar mass of C6H12O6=(6x12) + (12x1) + (6x16) = 72 + 12 + 96 = 180 g mol-1


Now we can calculate the number of moles of glucose as follows: 

Calculation of number of molecules

It is also possible to get the number of molecules in the given sample by multiplying the number of moles with Avogadro number, NA 


the number of molecules = n.NA 

Where NA = 6.022 x 1023 

In above glucose sample, 

the no. of glucose molecules = 0.01 x 6.022 x 1023 = 6.022 x 1021 

Remember that one mole of any substance contains Avogadro number of particles (may be atoms or molecules or ions etc.). If the substance is molecular, the number molecules will be equal to 6.022 x 1023. If we take atomic substance, then the number of atoms in one mole is equal to Avogadro number.

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