Question #12732

The taste of sour milk is lactic acid. What is the molecular formula for lactic acid if the percent composition is 40.00% C, 6.71% H, 53.29% O, and the approximate molar mass is 90 g/mol?

Expert's answer

90g/mol is 100%

for C --40% is 90*40/100=36 (36/12 is 3 C3)

for H = 6

(6/1=6 H6)

for O =48 (48/16= 3 O3)

formula is C3H6O3

for C --40% is 90*40/100=36 (36/12 is 3 C3)

for H = 6

(6/1=6 H6)

for O =48 (48/16= 3 O3)

formula is C3H6O3

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