# Problem: Determine the empirical and molecular formulas of each of the following substances.Monosodium glutamate (MSG), a flavor enhancer in certain foods, contains 35.51% C, 4.77% H, 37.85% O, 8.29% N, and 13.60% Na, and has a molar mass of 169 g/mol.

###### FREE Expert Solution

We’re being asked to determine the molecular formula of monosodium glutamate (MSG), a compound composed of C, H, O, N and Na given their mass percent

This means we need to do the following steps:

Step 1: Calculate the mass and moles of C, H, O, N and Na in the compound.

Step 2: Determine the lowest whole number ratio of C, H, O, N and Na to get the empirical formula.

Step 3: Get the ratio of the given molar mass and empirical mass to determine the molecular formula. ###### Problem Details

Determine the empirical and molecular formulas of each of the following substances.

Monosodium glutamate (MSG), a flavor enhancer in certain foods, contains 35.51% C, 4.77% H, 37.85% O, 8.29% N, and 13.60% Na, and has a molar mass of 169 g/mol.