A formula that shows the arrangement of atoms in the molecule of a compound. Compare with empirical formula, molecular formula.
- Like the molecular formula, the structural formula of a substance gives the exact number of atoms of each element per molecule.
- At its most basic the structural formula is the chemical formula showing the bonds that are present.
- Butene and ethene have the same empirical formula CH 2 but different molecular and structural formulas.
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