Problem: Determine the empirical and molecular formula for chrysotile asbestos. Chrysotile has the following percent composition: 28.03% Mg, 21.60% Si, 1.16% H, and 49.21% O. The molar mass for chrysotile is 520.8 g/mol.

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Given the mass percent of:

  • 28.03% Mg
  • 21.60% Si
  • 1.16% H
  • 49.21% O


Assuming we have 100 g of the compound:

  • 28.03 g Mg
  • 21.60 g Si
  • 1.16 g H
  • 49.21 g O


The atomic masses are 24.31 g/mol Mg, 28.09 g/mol Si, 1.01 g/mol H, 16.00 g/mol O


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Determine the empirical and molecular formula for chrysotile asbestos. Chrysotile has the following percent composition: 28.03% Mg, 21.60% Si, 1.16% H, and 49.21% O. The molar mass for chrysotile is 520.8 g/mol.

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