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    Empirical Formula of a Compound and Conversion

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    The characteristic odor of pineapple is due to ethyl butyrate, a compound containing carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. Combustion of 2.78 mg of ethyl butyrate produces 6.32 mg of CO2, and 2.58 mg of H2O. What is the empirical formula of the compound?

    Please convert from mg to g.

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    1 mg = 0.001g

    6.32 mg = 0.00632 g, 2.58 mg = 0.00258 g

    0.00632 g CO2 x (12 g C / 44 g CO2) = 0.00172 g C

    0.00172 g C x (1 ...

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