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Problem: Samples of several compounds are decomposed and the masses of their constituent elements are shown below. Calculate the empirical formula for each compound.0.475 g H, 7.557 g S, 15.107 g OExpress your answer as a chemical formula.

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We’re being asked to determine the empirical formula of a compound given 0.475 g H, 7.557 g S and 15.107 g 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 H, S, and O in the compound.

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


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Samples of several compounds are decomposed and the masses of their constituent elements are shown below. Calculate the empirical formula for each compound.

0.475 g H, 7.557 g S, 15.107 g O

Express your answer as a chemical formula.

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