Problem: Calculate the empirical formula of each compound from the percent composition.2.82 g of K, 0.870 g of C, and 2.31 g of O

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We’re being asked to determine the empirical formula of a compound given the mass of K, C, and O.


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 moles of K, C, and O in the compound.

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


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Calculate the empirical formula of each compound from the percent composition.

2.82 g of K, 0.870 g of C, and 2.31 g of O

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