Balancing chemical equations: TNT

Chemistry Level 3



Trinitrotoluene (TNT) is a common material used in explosives. Upon detonation, the decomposition of TNT can proceed in the following 2 reactions:

  1. 1 mole (mol.) of TNT producing nitrogen, water, carbon monoxide and carbon.

  2. 1 mol. of TNT producing nitrogen, hydrogen, carbon monoxide and carbon.

Given complete reaction and that all products are returned to room temperature and pressure (25 deg C at 1 atm), How many more cubic decimetres (\(\text{dm}^3\)) of gaseous products are produced per mole of TNT in reaction (2) compared to per mole of TNT in reaction (1)?

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