What is a Chemical Formula? - Definition, Types & Examples


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Which type of formula gives us the simplest ratio of the atoms of elements present in a chemical compound?

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1. Which of the following structural formulas have the same molecular formula as C5 H12?

2. Which of the following formulas is already in its reduced form or simplest ratio?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Curious about the different types of chemical formulas? Use this interactive quiz and printable worksheet to check your knowledge of this topic and highlight some important vocabulary terms you will need to know to pass the quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this quiz, you will be tested on the following terms and topics:

  • Structural formulas
  • Empirical formulas
  • Condensed formulas
  • Molecular formulas
  • Reduced formulas and simplest ratios

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet combo allow students to practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension- ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on chemical formulas
  • Problem solving- use acquired knowledge to solve formula practice problems
  • Defining key concepts- ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as true formula and molecular formula
  • Distinguishing differences- compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as structural formulas and empirical formulas

Additional Learning

If you'd like to learn more about chemical formulas, check out the accompanying lesson, 'What is a Chemical Formula? - Definition, Types & Examples.' This lesson will cover the following objectives:

  • Understand what a compound is
  • Learn the different types of chemical formulas
  • Understand examples of chemical formulas