Problem: A 2.3-g sample of carbon dioxide (CO2) is fully decomposed into its elements, yielding 0.628 g of carbon and 1.67 g of oxygen.If a sample of a different compound decomposes into 0.429 g of carbon and 0.571 g of oxygen, what is its ratio of the mass of O to C?

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  • The ratio of the mass of O to C can be calculated by dividing the mass of oxygen by the mass of C

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A 2.3-g sample of carbon dioxide (CO2) is fully decomposed into its elements, yielding 0.628 g of carbon and 1.67 g of oxygen.

If a sample of a different compound decomposes into 0.429 g of carbon and 0.571 g of oxygen, what is its ratio of the mass of O to C?

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