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High School Science Learning Activity: Limiting Reactant

A limiting reactant is the chemical that is completely used up during a chemical reaction. It seems like a fairly complex name for a very simple concept. During a chemical reaction there is more of one chemical than another, at the end of the experiment the one that is completely gone is the Limiting Reactant.

To help visualize this concept use the interactive tool below. In the two experiments, which is the limiting reactant?

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This activity can be found in our High School Chemistry course.

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This course surveys all key areas of chemistry, including atomic structure, chemical bonding and reactions, solutions, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, organic chemistry, and nuclear chemistry. The course includes direct online instruction, virtual laboratories, and related assessments, used with a problem-solving book.

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