Problem: A chemist decomposes samples of several compounds; the masses of their constituent elements are listed. Calculate the empirical formula for each compound.1.443 g Se, 5.841 g Br

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We’re being asked to determine the empirical formula of a compound composed of Se and Br given the mass of Se and Br.


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 1: Calculate the percent mass of Se and Br

Step 2: Calculate the mass and moles of Se and Br in the compound.

Step 3: Determine the lowest whole number ratio of Se and Br 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.

1.443 g Se, 5.841 g Br

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