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Combustion analysis of an unknown compound containing only carbon and hydrogen
produced 2.277 g of CO2 and 1.161 g of H2O. What is the empirical formula of the compound?

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    Convert g CO2 to percent C.
    Convert g H2O to percent H.

    Now take a 100 g sample and you have the percents converted to grams.
    Calculate moles C
    Calculate moles H.
    Find the ratio of the smallest to the largest in small whole numbers.

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