Problem: Nicotine is a poisonous, addictive compound found in tobacco. A sample of nicotine contains 6.16 mmol of C, 8.56 mmol of H, and 1.23 mmol of N [1 mmol (1 millimole) = 10−3 mol]. What is the empirical formula of nicotine?

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  • Using the mmols provided, we can determine the empirical formula by considering the lowest amount of mmol as divisor to all the mmol of the atoms.
  • Usually, empirical formula is solved using moles but mmol will also be correct as long as we use the same unit for each atom.
  • This will give us a rough estimate of the empirical formula
  • N appears to have the least amount of mmol, 1.23 mmol
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Nicotine is a poisonous, addictive compound found in tobacco. A sample of nicotine contains 6.16 mmol of C, 8.56 mmol of H, and 1.23 mmol of N [1 mmol (1 millimole) = 10−3 mol]. What is the empirical formula of nicotine?

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