What is the name of the compound with 77.3% silver, 7.4% phosphorous and 15.3% oxygen?
As with all of these problems, we assume there are
For each element we have divided by the atomic mass of the given element to give a molar quantity of that element.
We now divide thru by the SMALLEST molar quantity, that of phosphorus:
And thus the empirical formula, the simplest whole number ratio representing equivalent quantities in a species is: