Problem: Two substances have the same molecular and empirical formulas.Does this mean that they must be the same compound?

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Molecular formula is a chemical formula that gives the total number of atoms of the elements in a compound.


Empirical formula is a chemical formula that gives the smallest whole number ratios of elements in a compound but not the actual number of atoms of elements in a compound.


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Two substances have the same molecular and empirical formulas.

Does this mean that they must be the same compound?

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