Problem: When carbon and oxygen react, two different compounds can form depending on the conditions.Compound A contains 1.836 g of oxygen per gram of carbon, whereas compound B contains 3.672 g of oxygen per gram of carbon. What chemical law do these data illustrate?(a) law of constant composition (b) law of conservation of mass (c) law of multiple proportions

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mass ratio A=1.836 g O1 g C=1.836mass ratio B=3.672 g 1 g=3.672


mass ratio Bmass ratio A=3.6721.836= 2 → whole number ratio

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When carbon and oxygen react, two different compounds can form depending on the conditions.

Compound A contains 1.836 g of oxygen per gram of carbon, whereas compound B contains 3.672 g of oxygen per gram of carbon. What chemical law do these data illustrate?


(a) law of constant composition 

(b) law of conservation of mass 

(c) law of multiple proportions

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