Can empirical and molecular formulas be used to describe ionic concepts?

1 Answer
Feb 17, 2017

Why not..........mind you, you might have to clarify your question.


The empirical formula is the simplest whole number ratio that defines constituent atoms in a species. The molecular formula is ALWAYS a multiple of the empirical formula, and sometimes the multiple might be ONE.

Of course #"sodium peroxide"#, #Na_2O_2#, certainly an ionic species, has an empirical formula of #NaO#. Anyway, if I have not addressed your question I am happy to try again.