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Problem: Androstenedione, which contains only carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen, is a steroid hormone produced in the adrenal glands and the gonads. Combustion analysis of a 1.893-g sample of androstenedione produced 5.527 g of CO2 and 1.548 g H2O. The molar mass of androstenedione is 286.4 g/mol.Find the molecular formula for androstenedione.

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We’re being asked to determine the molecular formula for androstenedione..


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

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

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

Step 3: Get the ratio of the molar mass and empirical mass to determine the molecular formula.


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Androstenedione, which contains only carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen, is a steroid hormone produced in the adrenal glands and the gonads. Combustion analysis of a 1.893-g sample of androstenedione produced 5.527 g of CO2 and 1.548 g H2O. The molar mass of androstenedione is 286.4 g/mol.

Find the molecular formula for androstenedione.

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