Problem: Could the empirical formula determined from chemical analysis be used to tell the difference between acetylene, C2H2, and benzene, C6H6?

FREE Expert Solution

We’re being asked to determine if the empirical formula from chemical analysis can be used to tell the difference between acetylene, C2H2, and benzene, C6H6


Recall that empirical measurements are based on a measurable quantity like mass. Knowing the mass of each element in a compound we can determine it's formula. There are two types of formulas, empirical and molecular.

  • Empirical Formula: Lowest whole number ratio of the elements in a compound
  • Molecular Formula: Actual whole number ratio of the elements in a compound.


To solve this problem, we will get the empirical formula of acetylene and benzene then compare if there are any differences.

View Complete Written Solution
Problem Details

Could the empirical formula determined from chemical analysis be used to tell the difference between acetylene, C2H2, and benzene, C6H6?