# What is the empirical formula for the compound C_6H_12O_6?

May 19, 2017

$C {H}_{2} O$

#### Explanation:

The empirical formula is a chemical formula written in the simplest form by reducing the subscripts to the smallest possible whole integer. In essence, we just have to find a the smallest common term of each subscript and simplify:

If we look at ${C}_{6} {H}_{12} {O}_{6}$ we can see that all subscripts are divisible by $6$ so we divide each subscript by $6$. The end result is the empirical formula:

$C {H}_{2} O$ - Empirical formula

${C}_{6} {H}_{12} {O}_{6}$ - Molecular formula