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anonymous on 9. Nov, 2018 — Lang: English

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    When calculating percent composition mass there are few steps to follow in order to come up with a correct answer.

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    What are the steps?

    Step 1: Determine the correct forumla of the compound you are given.
    Step 2:Determine the molar mass of the compound(find the molar mass of each element and multipy it by the suscript number then add them).
    Step 3: Take the molar mass of the individual element and divide it by the combined molar mass of all the elements in the compound.
    Step 4: Multiply the quotients by 100 to get your percentage, to check it your percents should equal around 100 when added together.

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    Heres an example:
    Step 1:
    Magnesium Chloride
    Step 2:
    Mg: 1 x 24.3 g/mol= 24.3 g/mol
    Cl: 2 x 35.5 g/mol=71.0 g/mol
    Together MgCl2: 95.3
    Step 3+4:
    Mg:(24.3/95.3) x 100= 25.5%
    Cl:(71.0/95.3) x 100= 74.5%

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    Thanks! I understand now.

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