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  1. #1 empirical formula 
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    hi i was wondering if any one could help me with empirical formula , i am currently teaching myself a level chemistry
    and was wondering if any one knows the correct answer to the empirical formula of EDTA = C10 H16 N2 O8

    I got C6 H9 N O5

    but this doesn't seem correct
    please help

    many thanks dean


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    It isn't correct. The empirical formula must contain the same ratios of elements as the molecular formula. Since there are 2 nitrogens and all the other elements are divisible by 2 you should get C5 H8 N O4.


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