What is the molecular formula of a compound?

1 Answer
Jul 1, 2017

Answer:

The #"molecular formula"# is what the name says on the tin.....

Explanation:

It expresses the proportions and identities of atoms in a discrete molecule, i.e. #"butane"#, #C_4H_10#, #"ethylene"#, #C_2H_4#, and this formula is used to determine the molecular mass (this is the distinction between #"molecular formula"# and #"empirical formula"#, where the latter is the simplest whole number ratio defining constituent atoms in a species, and the former is a whole number multiple of the #"empirical formula"# (and of course the multiple might be one).

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