Problem: The three most stable oxides of carbon are carbon monoxide (CO), carbon dioxide (CO2), and carbon suboxide (C3O2). The molecules can be represented asExplain how these molecules illustrate the law of multiple proportions.

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for CO

mass C = 12.01 g/mol x 1 mol = 12.01 g

mass O = 16.00 g/mol x 1 mol = 16.00 g


12.0 g C = 16.00 g O

1 g C = 1.33 g O


for CO2

mass C = 12.01 g/mol x 1 mol = 12.01 g

mass O = 16.00 g/mol x 2 mol = 32.00 g


12.0 g C = 32 g O

1 g C = 2.67 g O


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The three most stable oxides of carbon are carbon monoxide (CO), carbon dioxide (CO2), and carbon suboxide (C3O2). The molecules can be represented as

Explain how these molecules illustrate the law of multiple proportions.