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"Molecular formulas show the total number of each atom in the molecule. Empirical formulas only show the ratio of the elements in the molecule.

For example - acetate Molecular Formula Empirical Formula

C6H12O6 CH2O "

I just wanted to note that although this is correct the chemical formula in the example "C6H12O6" is not acetate. It is glucose. Acetate is a derivative of acetic acid.

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