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Mole concept

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Homework Statement


When a problem says 76 moles of P4O10 contains how many moles of P.
I can't seem to see why 76 moles of this molecule would contain more moles in it.

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I know the answer is 76 moles of P = 76 * 4
but how could a compound P4O10 that has 76 moles have 76 moles of P and 76 moles of O. in my head thats like saying 25 lb back of wine bottles is 25 lb of wine + 25 lb of bottles. Can anyone help me fix this brain dump?
 

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Bandersnatch
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Mole is a number, like say 10 or a dozen or 512. If you have a dozen molecules of P4O10, then there are four dozens of P and 10 dozens of O in it.
Same with moles.
 
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There's a difference between the number of ##P_4 O_{10}## molecules and the number of ##P## atoms.
 

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