## Mass Percent Composition

annikaying
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### Mass Percent Composition

Is it necessary to imagine that you have 100g of a molecule when trying to figure out the empirical and molecular formulas? You are trying to convert everything to moles, so if you are originally given grams of the different chemicals in the molecule, could you not skip the conversion to mass percent composition and just go straight to moles?

Jamie Lee 1F
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### Re: Mass Percent Composition

For the 100% aspect of your question, I'm not sure if we'd get problems where the percentages don't add up to a hundred. If they didn't, you would have to divide and find out the masses yourself.

If you were given a sample of x grams and the question told you that the sample was analyzed and had certain amounts of whatever substances, and you didn't use mass percent composition and immediately converted those grams of given substances to moles, I believe you would just have parts but no definite whole. Since empirical and molecular formulas are inherently part to whole ratios, you wouldn't end up with the accurate answer.

Ashley Kim 3F
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### Re: Mass Percent Composition

I think that imagining that you have 100g of a molecule when figuring out empirical and molecular formulas is just a useful tip for when the numbers are not particularly pretty or easy to work with, but not a necessary component. However, you can not go directly to moles from the given grams of different atoms in a molecule because you need to find the mass of the individual atoms to figure out how many moles of that particular atom are in the molecule.

Ashley Nguyen 2L
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### Re: Mass Percent Composition

I believe that it is not necessary to imagine you have 100g of a molecule if you are already given the specific grams. However, it makes it much easier to work with the numbers when you are using 100g of a sample and it's a basic step you can take at the beginning of any mass percent composition problem.

Norman Dis4C
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### Re: Mass Percent Composition

You only have to imagine there is 100 grams when %composistion is given but not the mass. (the number of grams you used is not fixed, you can use whatever you want as long as you keep the calculation simple and clear, but usually, 100 grams is the most straightforward and simple)

BeylemZ-1B
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### Re: Mass Percent Composition

Norman Dis4C wrote:You only have to imagine there is 100 grams when %composistion is given but not the mass. (the number of grams you used is not fixed, you can use whatever you want as long as you keep the calculation simple and clear, but usually, 100 grams is the most straightforward and simple)

I definitely agree! You definitely do not HAVE to use 100 grams, but it is the most straightforward and simple way to go about solving the problem.