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When do you know to double moles or multiply an answer to get the next whole number. In the lecture we had to multiply 1.33 by 3 but if a number is like 1.1 or 1.9 do we still have to or can we round it? Are there any general rules?
I think in one of the lectures he said that if the number is less than 0.05 from the closest whole number, then its close enough to round it. If not then you probably just have to keep multiplying until you get close enough to the next whole number
When trying to balance equations, you might run into numbers that are decimals. To turn these into whole numbers, you will want to multiply something that will result in all the coefficients becoming whole. As an example in class when left with a coefficient like 1.33, multiplying by 3 will land you with 3.99 or approximately 4. Another example would be 2.5 which you could multiply 2 to get rid of the decimal or 1.1 in another case could simply be multiplied by 9 which would take it to 9.9 or just close enough to ten for you to proceed with the problem.
You would like to get within .1 (or closer) to a whole number before you round so that the empirical formula is all integers. Many times we get answers such as 1.33 so it's easier for us to find the empirical formula (multiplying by 3).
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