Step 1 Assuming 100 g, 58.80 g C, 9.87 g H, 31.33 g N
= 4.90 mol C
= 9.79 mol H
= 1.96 mol O
Step 2 Divide each mol by the least moles
= 2.5 C
= 5.00 H
= 1 O
Calculate the empirical formula for each of the following natural flavors based on their elemental mass percent composition.
Methyl butyrate (component of apple taste and smell): 58.80%C, 9.87%H, and 31.33%O.
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