A molecule of carbonic acid contains 3 atoms of oxygen for every 2 atoms of hydrogen. Could a compound containing 81 hydrogen atoms and 54 oxygen atoms be carbonic acid? Explain.

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Mar 7, 2018



This is almost a trick question. It would work if the compound contained 81 oxygen atoms, and 54 hydrogen atoms. But those two were switched, either for deception or by mistake, so the compound will not be carbonic acid.