# If 3.907 g carbon combines completely with 0.874 g of hydrogen to form a compound, what is the percent composition of this compound?

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#### Explanation:

And, of course for a binary compound,

The compound contains

#### Explanation:

We know

The mass of the compound must be the sum of the masses of

The formula for percent by mass is

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NOTE: You could have gotten the

That method is simpler, but I prefer using the first method.

If you make a mistake in calculating

The first method does not depend on the