Determining the empirical formula of Magnesium Oxide

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I already did the experiment but I'm trying to answer a question which asks"

Suppose that you allowed some magnesium oxide smoke to escape during the experiment. How would the Mg:O ratio have been affected? Would the ratio have decreased, increased or stayed the same? Explaine using calculations.


Homework Equations


I already know the empirical formula is MgO

The Attempt at a Solution


I think it will stay the same because you can't really reduce the ratio any furthur but I don't know how to show it using calculations. please help and thanks.
 

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Homework Statement


I already did the experiment but I'm trying to answer a question which asks"

Suppose that you allowed some magnesium oxide smoke to escape during the experiment. How would the Mg:O ratio have been affected? Would the ratio have decreased, increased or stayed the same? Explaine using calculations.


Homework Equations


I already know the empirical formula is MgO

The Attempt at a Solution


I think it will stay the same because you can't really reduce the ratio any furthur but I don't know how to show it using calculations. please help and thanks.
You are probably right however keep in mind that I do not know the context of the experiment.
 

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