Problem: Aspirin has the following mass percent composition: C 60.00%, H 4.48%, and O 35.52%. Its empirical formula is:

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We’re being asked to determine the empirical formula of aspirin given the mass percent of C, H, 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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Aspirin has the following mass percent composition: C 60.00%, H 4.48%, and O 35.52%. Its empirical formula is:

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