Empirical and Molecular Formula

Watch a short and informative video to learn how to distinguish between empirical and molecular formulas. The video also provides some examples of empirical and molecular formulas for hydrocarbons.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Use the video as an intervention tool with learners struggling to distinguish between empirical and molecular formulas
Classroom Considerations

  • Learners need to be familiar with how a mass spectrum gives ratios of elements in a molecule
  • Be sure to watch the associated videos on phosphorous dioxide

  • Phosphorous dioxide demo will surely amaze viewers

  • Video does not provide examples of how to work through an empirical and molecular formula problem