Asked Oct 11, 2019

Combustion of an unknown compound containing only carbon and hydrogen produces 54.9 g of CO₂ and 45.1 g of H₂O. What is the empirical formula of the compound?


Expert Answer

Step 1

The empirical formula is the chemical formula of any compound that represents the proportions of each elements that is present in the given compound. It does not show the actual number of element as well as cannot give any information about arrangement of atoms in the formula of compound.

Step 2

Mass of CO2 = 54.9 g

Mass of H2O = 45.1 g

Determine the grams of C and H and convert grams of C and H to their respective amount of moles.

Molar mass of C = 12.01 g/mol

Molar mass of H  =1.0079 g/mol


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12.011 g C Mass of C 14.98 g 54.9 g x- 44.0098 g CO2 2.0158 g H Mass of H 45.1 g x. 5.046 g 18.0152 g H2O 14.98 g Moles of C 1.247 moles 12.011 g/mol 5.046 g Moles of H 5.006 moles 1.0079 g/mol

Step 3

Divide by least number of moles to get the whol...


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1.247 1 1.247 Moles of C 5.006 = 4 1.247 Moles of H


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