# What is the formula weight of methane?

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Though we call this relative formula MASS not weight

First we need to know Methanes molecular formula.

This means one molecule of methane contains one carbon atom and four hydrogen atoms.

If we look at the periodic table of elements, we can see that the relative atomic mass of carbon is 12 and hydrogen 1.

The formula mass of a molecule is the total of all relative atomic masses for each atom added together.

So in this case;

(12 + 4)

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The formula weight of methane (CH4) is calculated by adding the atomic weights of its constituent atoms. The atomic weight of carbon (C) is approximately 12.01 grams per mole, and the atomic weight of hydrogen (H) is approximately 1.01 grams per mole. Therefore, the formula weight of methane is: 12.01 (atomic weight of carbon) + (1.01 x 4) (atomic weight of hydrogen) = 16.05 grams per mole.

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