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    Calculating the number of moles

    Hi friends,
    tomorrow I have a very important chemistry exam that would literally determine my future...
    I am having some difficulties with some past papers, especially with moles....
    Take the attached question for example, firstly I managed to calculate the moles of carbon dioxide correctly (0.24/24=0.01), but then, they asked for both calcium carbonate and magnesium carbonate, I got 0.01+0.01=0.02, but it should be 0.01, why, shouldn't we add them?
    Also, and most inportantly, why is the answer for the number of moles of calcium carbonate 0.05!! we just calculated it and it is 0.01 moles right? this doesn't make any sense to me...

    part (ii) I understand, so no need to explain that.

    Thank you very very much, please reply ASAP as I have to much work and so little time :-)
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    i cannot see any attached file, can you attach them?
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    ohh, how can I forget that? stupid me!
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    no, CO_2 is produced by both MgCO_3 and CaCO_3 since the amount of MgCO_3 and CaCO_3 are same half of the CO_2 is produced by each of them. Since the ratio between CO_2 and CaCO_3 (and MgCO_3) is 1:1 , number of moles in CaCO_3 should be 0.005
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    thank you very much, I got it now...
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