Problem: Two samples of carbon tetrachloride were decomposed into their constituent elements. One sample produced 38.9 g of carbon and 451 g of chlorine, and the other sample produced 14.8 g of carbon and 141 g of chlorine.Are these results consistent with the law of definite proportions? Show why or why not.

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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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ratio of C:Cl in sample 1 = ratio of C:Cl in sample 2

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Two samples of carbon tetrachloride were decomposed into their constituent elements. One sample produced 38.9 g of carbon and 451 g of chlorine, and the other sample produced 14.8 g of carbon and 141 g of chlorine.

Are these results consistent with the law of definite proportions? Show why or why not.

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