# How do you determine the empirical and molecular formulas?

##### 1 Answer

Jul 15, 2017

Empirical formulas are ratios, molecular formulas are the actual formula for a given compound.

#### Explanation:

Empirical formulas are merely formulas which have the ratio of elements in a compound, whereas molecular formulas are the *actual* formulas for the compound.

For instance, consider glucose:

While its molecular formula is