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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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