Methylparaben is used in food and drugs and especially in beauty products although some studies have shown that it can disrupt endocrine production. A sample of methylparaben was decomposed to its elements – carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. The percentage of hydrogen was measured to be 5.26% and that a carbon was found to be 63.2%. An error was made in attempting to determine the percentage that was oxygen so this value was not reported. What is the empirical formula of methyparaben?
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