Step 1: We are given 59.0% C, 7.1% H, 26.2% O, and 7.7% N by mass.
Assuming we have 100 g of the compound, this means we have 59.0 g C, 7.1 g H, 26.2 g O, and 7.7 g N.
Determine the empirical and molecular formulas of each of the following substances. For example, butane has an empirical formula of C2H5 (lowest whole-number ratio) and a molecular formula of C4H10, where the molecular formula corresponds to the molar mass of 58.12 g/mol.
Epinephrine (adrenaline), a hormone secreted into the bloodstream in times of danger or stress, contains 59.0% C, 7.1% H, 26.2% O, and 7.7% N by mass; its molar mass is about 180 amu.
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