Hydrates: Determining the Chemical Formula From Empirical Data


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What is the difference between a hydrate and an anhydrate?

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1. In the formula MgSO4 nH2 O, what does the n before the H2 O stand for?

2. If there are three moles of H2 O for every one mole of LiClO4, then what is the hydrate formula?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Hydrates are important chemical compounds, and you can test your ability to determine their formulas using this printable worksheet and quiz. Practice questions will ask you about hydrates vs. anyhdrates, how to solve for hydrate formulas, and the meaning of n in a hydrate formula.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this quiz, questions will inquire regarding:

  • The meaning of n in MgSO4 nH2O
  • Differences between hydrates and anhydrates
  • Steps in determining formulas of hydrates
  • Hydrate formulas given the ratio of moles of a compound

Skills Practiced

You will have an opportunity to exercise your skill in:

  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as anhydrate and hydrate
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on determining the chemical formulas of hydrates
  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to determine chemical formulas in practice problems given relevant empirical data

Additional Learning

Keep learning about this chemistry subject by taking a look at the associated lesson entitled Hydrates: Determining the Chemical Formula From Empirical Data. Objectives of this lesson will include:

  • Define key vocabulary, such as anhydrate and hydrate
  • Understand how to read a chemical formula and know what n represents
  • Explain the steps used to determine the chemical formula of a hydrate
  • Solve practice problems by determining chemical formula using data given in the lesson