# Problem: Determine the empirical formula for a compound that contains C, H, and O. It contains 52.14% C and 34.73% O by mass.

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

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Determine the empirical formula for a compound that contains C, H, and O. It contains 52.14% C and 34.73% O by mass.

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