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Formula unit

Posted: Sat Sep 29, 2018 7:38 pm
by Lorena Zhang 4E
There are several practice problems that ask for the formula unit of a molecule or ion. I am not sure what that means.

Re: Formula unit

Posted: Sat Sep 29, 2018 7:47 pm
by rosemarywang4i
I'm pretty sure that 'formula unit' is another term for the empirical formula. But perhaps if you link some of the practice problems we can get a better idea of what you're confused about.

Re: Formula unit

Posted: Sat Sep 29, 2018 8:12 pm
by Lorena Zhang 4E
For example, E 25 asks for the number of KNO3 formula units in 0.750 mol KNO3.

Re: Formula unit

Posted: Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:13 pm
by Sam Kelly 1K
Yeah as Rosemary said, formula unit refers to the empirical formula of a compound, or the lowest ratio of ions in an ionic compound. For example, NaCl is the formula unit of table salt/sodium chloride. Other compounds like NH4NO2 are a little more complicated, since one might think it could just be simplified down to NH2O. Since we need to show the different ions, however, the notation must remain as is.