Problem: A 0.50g sample of a compound contains 0.40g of C and 0.10g of H. What is the empirical formula of this compound?a) C4H     b) CH4     c) CH2     d) C2H5     e)  CH3       

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We’re being asked to determine the empirical formula of a compound composed of C and H given the mass. 


Recall that the empirical formula is the simplest whole-number ratio formula of a compound


For this problem, we need to do the following steps:

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

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


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A 0.50g sample of a compound contains 0.40g of C and 0.10g of H. What is the empirical formula of this compound?

a) C4H     

b) CH    

c) CH2     

d) C2H5     

e)  CH3       

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