Chemistry: The Central Science (13th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0321910419
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Chapter 3 - Chemical Reactions and Reaction Stoichiometry - Exercises: 3.45c

Answer

CH2O

Work Step by Step

Since we have values in percents, we can assume a 100g basis. Then we have 40g C, 6.7g of H and 53.3 g of O. Then we convert these to moles; C is 12g/mol so 40g is 3.33 mole H is 1g/mol so 6.7g is 6.7 mole O is 16g/mol so 53.3g is 3.33 mole Then we divide by the smallest number, which is 3.33 3.33/3.33 = 1 6.7/3.33 = 2 3.33/3.33 =1 The ratio is 1:2:1 so we have CH2O
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