Problem: A compound composed of only carbon and chlorine is 85.5% chlorine by mass and its molar mass is 165.82 g/mol. Propose a Lewis structure for the compound.

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In problem, we are asked to propose the Lewis structure of the compound.


To solve this problem:

Step 1. Calculate the mass and moles of C and Cl in the compound.

Step 2. Determine the lowest whole number ratio of C and Cl to get the empirical formula.

Step 3. Get the ratio of the molar mass and empirical mass to determine the molecular formula.

Step 4. Determine the Lewis structure of the compound.


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A compound composed of only carbon and chlorine is 85.5% chlorine by mass and its molar mass is 165.82 g/mol. Propose a Lewis structure for the compound.

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