Problem: Part A:A chemist attempted to synthesize a particular compound that showed promise as a new antibiotic. If she succeeded in making and purifying the compound, then it contains only carbon, hydrogen, bromine, and oxygen. She sent a sample off for analysis, and days later the following results arrived:carbon, 34.35%; hydrogen, 1.725%; bromine, 45.65%; oxygen, 18.27% Determine the empirical formula.  Part B:Because the scientist knows the compound she is trying to make, she can calculate the molar mass, assuming she synthesized the right compound. The expected molar mass is 699.9 g/mol. What is the molecular formula of the compound?

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Part A:

A chemist attempted to synthesize a particular compound that showed promise as a new antibiotic. If she succeeded in making and purifying the compound, then it contains only carbon, hydrogen, bromine, and oxygen. She sent a sample off for analysis, and days later the following results arrived:

carbon, 34.35%; hydrogen, 1.725%; bromine, 45.65%; oxygen, 18.27%

 

Determine the empirical formula.

 Part B:

Because the scientist knows the compound she is trying to make, she can calculate the molar mass, assuming she synthesized the right compound. The expected molar mass is 699.9 g/mol. 

What is the molecular formula of the compound?

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