# What is the formula mass for #Sr(NO_3)_2#?

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#### Explanation:

**atomic weight of element #xx#number of atoms given by subscript #=# formula mass**

First, you want to have a periodic table available so you can determine the atomic weight of Sr, N, and O:

- Sr has an atomic weight of 87.62 g/mol
- N has an atomic weight of 14.01 g/mol
- O has an atomic weight of 16.00 g/mol

From the chemical formula, we have 1 strontium atom, so the atomic weight of Sr is just 87.62 g/mol.

There are 2 nitrogen atoms, so the atomic mass has to be multiplied by 2, which gives you a value of 28.02 g/mol

Next, you have 6 oxygen atoms, so you would multiply the atomic mass of O by 6 to obtain an atomic weight of 96.00 g/mol

Now you want to add the mass of each atom together to obtain the formula mass of the entire compound: