# What is the empirical formula for C3H6O3?

Jun 30, 2018

#### Answer:

$C {H}_{2} O$

#### Explanation:

Empirical formula consist of the simplest or most reduced ratio of elements in a compound while molecular formula contains the actual number of atoms for each element in the compound.

Starting from the given molecular formula of ${C}_{3} {H}_{6} {O}_{3}$, the values 3 and 6 can be simplified to 1 and 2, respectively. That means, the empirical formula is $C {H}_{2} O$.