. Determine the formula of the organic compound if its molecule contains 12 atoms of carbon


Determine the formula of the organic compound if its molecule contains 12 atoms of carbon. The percentage compositions of hydrogen and oxygen are 6.48 and 51.42 respectively.

 

Best Answer

Element % At. mass Atomic ratio Simple ratio

C 42.1 12 3.5 1

H 6.48 1 6.48 2

O 51.42 16 3.2 1

The empirical formula is CH2O

Since the compound has 12 atoms of carbon, so the formula is

C12 H24 O12.

 

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