Problem: The following diagram represents the collection of elements formed by a decomposition reaction. If the blue spheres represent N atoms and the red ones represent O atoms, what was the empirical formula of the original compound?Could you draw a diagram representing the molecules of the compound that had been decomposed? Why or why not?

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The products of the decomposition reactions are N2 and O2. This suggests that the original compound contained both of these elements.

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

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The following diagram represents the collection of elements formed by a decomposition reaction.

 6 O2 and 3 N2 molecules.

If the blue spheres represent N atoms and the red ones represent O atoms, what was the empirical formula of the original compound?
Could you draw a diagram representing the molecules of the compound that had been decomposed? Why or why not?

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