# A blue solid is 36.84% nitrogen and the rest is oxygen. What is the empirical formula of the solid?

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Oct 4, 2016

#### Answer:

Divide the percentages by the RAM and then divide by the smallest value, this will give a ratio of the elements in the compound.

#### Explanation:

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