Why the actual yield of a product is less than the maximum yield

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  • Why actual yield is always less than the maximum yield
    • Product may be lost in transfer
      • e.g. when filtering products and transferring solutions from one beaker to another.
    • The reaction could be incomplete
    • For crystallisation reactions not all of the solution would have crystallised.
    • For some of the reactions they are equilibrium reactions so the products and the reactants are constantly swapping.
  • Product may be lost in transfer
    • e.g. when filtering products and transferring solutions from one beaker to another.

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