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What is an empirical formula?

An empirical formula is the fully simplified version of an actual formula (ratio)


How do you simplify formulae into the empirical formula?

You divide by the highest common factor


What is the advantage of writing an empirical formula?

It is easier to understand
It is easier to write down
It gives you a ratio


What are the disadvantages of the empirical formula?

It isn’t as accurate


How do you work out the relative formula mass from an equation?

You do the equation again, except substituting the terms for their relative mass