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Plaster of Paris is the compound calcium sulfate hemihydrate, CaSO4*1/2H2O

What mass of water is liberated when a 2.763 gram sample is heated to constant mass?

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    Consider the reaction:
    CaSO4*(1/2H2O) -> CaSO4 + 1/2H2O

    1/2 mole of H2O will be released per mole of CaSO4*(1/2H2O)

    Start by calculating how many moles of CaSO4*(1/2H2O) you start with.

    The molar mass of CaSO4*(1/2H2O) is
    40 + 32 + 64 + 9 = 145 g/mol

    You start out with 0.01906 moles of the hemihydrate and end up with half as many moles of H2O.

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