What is the empirical formula?

It is simply the simplest formula of a compound with all of the coefficients reduced

Summary-how to determine the empirical formula

step1 Obtain the mass of each element in the compound, in grams

step2 Determine the moles of each element

step3 Divide the # of moles in each element by the smallest # of mole to convert the smallest # to . The integers obtained are the subscripts in the emperical formula.

step4 If you did not obtain whole integers, multiply by the smallest # to get a whole #. you must multiply everything by that # to get the subscripts for the emperical formula.

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