The analysis of an organic compound produces the following elemental analysis: % C is 59.999% and % H is 4.476%. What are the empirical and molecular formulae for this compound? The estimate for the molecular weight of the compound is between 175 and 185 g/mol.© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com October 10, 2019, 5:27 am ad1c9bdddf
Assuming that the compound contains C, H and O.
If 100 g of compound is present, then
Mass of C = 59.999g. Hence mol of C = 59.999 / 12 = 4.999 mol
Mass of H = 4.476g. ...
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