A blue solid is 36.84% nitrogen and the rest is oxygen. What is the empirical formula of the solid?
Divide the percentages by the RAM and then divide by the smallest value, this will give a ratio of the elements in the compound.
Divide the percentages by the relative atomic masses of their respective elements:
Divide both values by the lowest, and try to find whole-number ratios:
Since the ratio of oxygen to nitrogen is
The empirical formula would be