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Why is it important to be able to calculate an empirical formula from experimental data?

Introductory Chemistry | 5th Edition | ISBN: 9780321910295 | Authors: Nivaldo J Tro ISBN: 9780321910295 34

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Problem 14Q

Problem 14Q

Why is it important to be able to calculate an empirical formula from experimental data?

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This allows one to determine the amounts (relative masses or moles) of the element in an unknown compound.

It is important to calculate an empirical formula from experimental data because the first thing it will help to know about an unknown compound and its chemical formula. The composition of a compound is revealed from its formula.

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Textbook: Introductory Chemistry
Edition: 5
Author: Nivaldo J Tro
ISBN: 9780321910295

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