## Formula Units: Molecules or Atoms

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marisaimbroane1J
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### Formula Units: Molecules or Atoms

There are several homework problems that require using Avogadro's Number to convert moles to formula units. I know that whether you write the answer in terms of molecules or atoms it will be the same, but are there certain cases where your final answer should be in terms of one or the other?

timothy_ho_4B
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### Re: Formula Units: Molecules or Atoms

It mainly depends on whether the question specifically asks for molecules or atoms. Obviously, if the question refers to a single element, then it would be atoms. Otherwise, it mainly depends on what the question asks for.

marisaimbroane1J
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### Re: Formula Units: Molecules or Atoms

If the question does not specifically ask for either then you can just choose either one then? (Assuming it is not a single element)

Raymond Ko 1H
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### Re: Formula Units: Molecules or Atoms

Kind of like what Timothy said, you'd want to see what "things" the problem is dealing with. For example, if the question was asking for the number of H2O, you'd want the answer in molecules because it would be incorrect to say a certain number of H2O "atoms". If the question was asking for the number of C, the answer would be in atoms.

Avery Zuelch 1D
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### Re: Formula Units: Molecules or Atoms

In the converting process, when/where do you use Avogadro's Number? I know the general steps in this process, but get quite confused when it is time to divide/multiple by it.

Josephine Lu 4L
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### Re: Formula Units: Molecules or Atoms

I'm confused about what exactly are formula units too. On problem E9 part b, the answer is written in terms of atoms as formula units, but isn't MgSO4 * 7H2O a molecule?

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