Problem: A compound of copper and sulfur contains 88.39 g of metal and 44.61 g of nonmetal. How many grams of copper are in 5264 kg of compound? How many grams of sulfur?

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We’re being asked to calculate the mass of copper and sulfur in the 5264 kg of the compound given that a known compound contains 88.39 g of metal and 44.61 g of nonmetal.

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known sample → 88.39 g of Cu: 44.61 g of S


According to the Law of Definite Proportions, all samples of a compound, no matter their origin or preparation has the same ratio in terms of their elements.

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A compound of copper and sulfur contains 88.39 g of metal and 44.61 g of nonmetal. How many grams of copper are in 5264 kg of compound? How many grams of sulfur?

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