# 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?

###### FREE Expert Solution

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.

###### Problem Details

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?