what is Simple formula and Molecular formula?
A "simple" formula, more commonly known as the empirical formula, and a molecular formula are both ways of expressing the components of a compound using the accepted abbreviations. In the empirical formula, the number of atoms is unaccounted for as only the elemental components are shown and one empirical formula may represent multiple compounds. In the molecular formula, all atoms are accounted for and it is specific to that compound. For example, hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) has 4 atoms. In the empirical formula, these 4 atoms would not be accounted for and it would simply be written as HO, because there is a 2:2 ratio, which is the same as a 1:1 ratio. In the molecular formula, all atoms would be accounted for and it would be written H2O2. An example where the empirical formula is the same would be glucose (C6H12O6), ribose (C5H10O5), and formaldehyde (CH2O). The molecular formula for each of these is unique, as you can see in the parentheses. However, the empirical formula for all of these is CHO.
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