Problem: Two compounds have the same empirical formula. One substance is a gas, the other is a viscous liquid.How is it possible for two substances with the same empirical formula to have markedly different properties?

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

On the other hand, the molecular formula is the unsimplified and actual formula of a compound.

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Two compounds have the same empirical formula. One substance is a gas, the other is a viscous liquid.

How is it possible for two substances with the same empirical formula to have markedly different properties?

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