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Problem 91P

The rotten smell of a decaying animal carcass is partially due to a nitrogen-containing compound called putrescine. Elemental analysis of putrescine indicates that it consists of 54.50% C, 13.73% H, and 31.77% N. Calculate the empirical formula of putrescine.

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Solution 91P

Here, we have to calculate the empirical formula of  putrescine.

Step 1: Assume 100 g of the compound is present.

C= 54.50 g

H = 13.73 g

N = 31.77 g

Step 2:

Conversion of the masses to moles by using the molar mass for each element as a

conversion factor.

54.50 g of C x = 4.537 mol C

13.73 g of  H  x = 13.621 mol H

31.77 g of  N  x = 2.269 mol N

Step 3: The pseudo empirical formula of the compound is

C4.537  H13.621 N2.269

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