Chemical Formulas

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Sophia Dinh 1D
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Chemical Formulas

Postby Sophia Dinh 1D » Fri Oct 04, 2019 6:43 pm

When writing the empirical or molecular formula, does it matter which order the elements are in?

Amina Durrani 3G
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Re: Chemical Formulas

Postby Amina Durrani 3G » Fri Oct 04, 2019 7:20 pm

I remember learning in HS that Carbon goes first, then Hydrogen, and then all other elements but in alphabetical order. Hope this helps (:

Chanel D_4E
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Re: Chemical Formulas

Postby Chanel D_4E » Fri Oct 04, 2019 7:24 pm

I believe so. You would write H20 not OH2 because the element with the positive oxidation number comes first or before the element with the negative oxidation number.

Hailey Kim 4G
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Re: Chemical Formulas

Postby Hailey Kim 4G » Fri Oct 04, 2019 7:45 pm

There is a certain order the elements should be in. One of the first things my HS chemistry teacher taught us was the "Hill System," which states that carbon atoms should go first, followed by hydrogen atoms, and then all other atoms would be in alphabetical order.

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