Can the subscripts in a chemical formula be fractions? Explain.

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A chemical formula is an expression that lists the constituent parts of a compound together with their relative proportions. Hydrogen and oxygen make up water in a 2:1 ratio. So, water has the chemical formula \(H_{2}O\).

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