What Is Empirical Formula?


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Lakshmipriya Nair Profile
Empirical formula refers to the chemical formulas of various elements and their relative proportions in a molecule than the actual number of atoms in the elements. It tells us about the relative ratios of different atoms in a compound. Isomerism, structure or absolute numbers of atoms find no mention in empirical formulas. It is the standard for ionic compounds and macromolecules.

Empirical here denotes a process of elemental analysis. Empirical formula is the reduced form of molecular formula and the simplest formula for a compound. It consists of elemental symbols in the elements that make the compound as well as the smallest whole number ratio. It is also a term used in physics to denote a mathematical equation that already has predicted results but its theoretical basis cannot be explained.
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Dave Cowles
Dave Cowles commented
More simply, it is just the basic whole number formula of a compound's atoms giving only information on their percentages. C2H6O is ethanol, CH4 is methane but two+ different compounds can have the same empirical formula so it is not too useful.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Such type of farmula which consist of simplest ratio of each any element

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