# What is the empirical formula of the compound C_6H_5(OH)_2?

Jan 8, 2016

#### Answer:

The empirical formula is $\text{C"_6"H"_5("OH")_2}$.

#### Explanation:

The empirical formula of a compound represents the lowest whole number ratio of elements in the compound. The subscript $5$ on $\text{H}$ cannot be divided by a whole number into a smaller whole number, therefore, $\text{C"_6"H"_5("OH")_2}$ is the empirical formula.