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# What is the empirical formula and empirical formula mass for the following compound: C3H6O3?

The empirical formula is "CH"_2"O". The empirical formula mass is "30.026.

An empirical formula represents the simplest whole number ratio of in a compound.

The given formula, "C"_3"H"_6"O"_3", is not an empirical formula because the subscripts can be divided by the whole number 3 to simplify the formula to "CH"_2"O", which is the empirical formula.

Determine the empirical formula mass by multiplying each element's subscript by its atomic weight on and adding them together.

"Empirical formula mass"=(1xx12.0107)+(2xx1.00794)+(1xx15.999)=30.026