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Calculate the empirical formula of a compound made up of 50.1% sulfur and 49.9% oxygen.

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Determination of Empirical Formulas: Determine the empirical formula of a compound when given its percent composition.

Question:

Calculate the empirical formula of a compound made up of 50.1% sulfur and 49.9% oxygen.

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Solution:

Step 1

Determine the number of moles of sulfur in a given amount of the compound. To make the calculation easier, let us choose 100g.

First, we need to find out how many grams of sulfur in 100 ...

Solution Summary

This solution provides a step-by-step detailed explanation of the steps necessary to determine the empirical formula of a compound when given percent composition.

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