# What is the lowest whole number ratio of the elements in a compound called?

May 21, 2018

Empirical Formula

#### Explanation:

The empirical formula is the simplified version of the molecular formula which take the lowest whole number ratio.

Example:

Hydrogen Peroxide
molecular formula: ${H}_{2} {O}_{2}$
empirical formula: $H O$

Water
molecular formula: ${H}_{2} O$
empirical formula: ${H}_{2} O$