What is the empirical formula of melamine?

Jul 29, 2014

The empirical formula of melamine is CH₂N₂.

Melamine has the structural formula

The molecular formula is C₃H₆N₆.

The empirical formula tells us the simplest whole-number ratio of the different types of atoms in a compound.

To get the empirical formula, we divide the subscripts in the molecular formula by their highest common factor (3).

This gives you the empirical formula CH₂N₂.