What is the Law of Definite Proportions?

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Mar 13, 2017

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Explanation:

The #"law of definite proportions"# or the #"law of constant composition"# holds that a chemical compound always contains its component elements in a fixed ratio, regardless of the source of the compound. Joseph Proust proposed a similar #"law of constant composition."#

An example of this law is that water ALWAYS has a composition by mass of #1/8# hydrogen, and #7/8# oxygen. This law allows us to propose empirical formulae, and by extension molecular formulae, if the molecular mass is known.