Problem: Sort the following molecules by their molecular formula. Drag them into the appropriate binBin 1 is C3H8OBin 2 is C3H6O2Bin 3 is C3H6OSort the following:Ethyl methyl ether1-PropanolH2C=CHCH2OHCH3CH2COHCH3COCH3CH3COOCH3

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We are asked to sort the given molecules according to their molecular formula. 

Bin 1 is C3H8O

Bin 2 is C3H6O2

Bin 3 is C3H6O


The molecular formula simply gives us the number of atoms of each element per molecule. 


The molecules are given to use in 2 types. We'll deal with it in two different ways. 

  • Molecule name → we identify the bondline structure first then count each element.
  • Condensed structural formula → simply count the atoms per element. 


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Sort the following molecules by their molecular formula. Drag them into the appropriate bin

Bin 1 is C3H8O

Bin 2 is C3H6O2

Bin 3 is C3H6O

Sort the following:

Ethyl methyl ether

1-Propanol

H2C=CHCH2OH

CH3CH2COH

CH3COCH3

CH3COOCH3

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