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Problem: An estrogen compound with the empirical formula C12H17O2 has a molecular mass of 386.6 g/mol. What is the value of n necessary to find the molecular formula?

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We’re being asked to determine the value of n necessary to find the molecular formula of an estrogen compound with a molar mass of 386.6 g/mol and empirical formula of C12H17O2.


To determine the value of empirical unit (n), we need to divide the molar mass by the empirical mass. 


The empirical mass is:

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An estrogen compound with the empirical formula C12H17O2 has a molecular mass of 386.6 g/mol. What is the value of n necessary to find the molecular formula?

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