Problem: A chemist decomposes samples of several compounds; the masses of their constituent elements are listed. Calculate the empirical formula for each compound.1.651 g Ag, 0.1224 g O

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We’re being asked to determine the empirical formula of a compound composed of N and O, given the mass of Ag and O.


Recall that the empirical formula is the simplest whole-number ratio formula of a compound


For this problem, we need to do the following steps:

Step 1Calculate the moles of Ag and O in the compound.

Step 2: Determine the lowest whole number ratio of Ag and O to get the empirical formula.


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A chemist decomposes samples of several compounds; the masses of their constituent elements are listed. Calculate the empirical formula for each compound.

1.651 g Ag, 0.1224 g O

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