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Solution: A 0.755-g sample of hydrated copper(II) sulfate CuSO4 • xH2O...

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A 0.755-g sample of hydrated copper(II) sulfate CuSO4 • xH2O was heated carefully until it had changed completely to anhydrous copper(II) sulfate (CuSO4) with a mass of 0.483 g. Determine the value of x. [This number is called the number of waters of hydration of copper(II) sulfate. It specifies the number of water molecules per formula unit of CuSO4 in the hydrated crystal.]