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# Worksheet 4.

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Empirical and molecular formula calculations
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INTRODUCTION
The empirical formula of a compound is defined as the simplest whole-number ratio of atoms of
the elements in the compound.
The molecular formula of a compound is defined as the actual number of atoms of elements
covalently bonded in a molecule, and is a whole-number ratio of the empirical formula.
The percentage composition of a compound can be determined from its formula or from
experimental mass proportion data.
1 Titanium oxide, TiO
2
, is widely
used as a pigment in high-quality
artists paints due to its brilliant
white colour. etermine the
percentage composition of TiO
2
.
2 !alculate the percentage by mass
of each element present in the
following compounds.
a "e
2
O
#
b \$a
2
%
2
O
#
c &a'(%O
)
*
2
3 +n oxide of sulfur contains ,-.
oxygen. etermine the empirical
formula of the compound.
4 + group / metal chloride contains
)0.,. chlorine. 1hat is the
formula of this ionic compound2
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Worksheet 4.2
Empirical and molecular formula calculations
5 1rite empirical formulas for each
of the following.
a !(
)
b \$
2
(
)
c (
2
%O
)
d !
2
(
)
O
2
6 1rite the chemical formulas of
three molecules that have an
empirical formula of !(
2
.
7 + molecule has an empirical
formula !
2
(
)
O and a relative
molecular mass of 33. 1hat is its
molecular formula2
8 -.#-- mole of a sample of a
hydrocarbon is found to have a
mass of 2)., g. 4f the empirical
formula of the compound is !
#
(
5
,
determine its molecular formula.
9 + student is given a 2.)3, g
sample of a purple crystalline
solid. 6pon analysis it is found to
consist of potassium '-.,/) g*,
manganese '-.3,# g* and oxygen
'/.--, g*. etermine the empirical
formula of the compound.
10 + compound undergoes analysis
to establish the following
elemental composition7
!arbon7 )-.-.
(ydrogen7 ,.,0.
Oxygen7 5#.#.
4f the compound, 8nown as a
carbohydrate, has a molecular
mass of approximately ,-,
determine both its empirical and
molecular formulas.
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