Molecular formula

From The School of Biomedical Sciences Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search

The molecular formula of a molecule is the actual number and type of atoms in a particular molecule of any substance [1]. This is not to be confused with Empirical formula which is the simplest whole number ratio of atoms in a molecule. For example in Methane (CH4) the molecular formula is CH4 as one carbon atom and four hydrogen atoms are present in one methane molecule.

References

  1. About.com Education-Chemistry. Molecular formula and Empirical formula. http://chemistry.about.com/od/molecularformulas/a/Molecular-Formula-And-Empirical-Formula.htm fckLRAccessed 18/11/12 Anne Marie Helmenstine,Ph.D.
Personal tools
Namespaces
Variants
Actions
Navigation
Toolbox