Finding empirical and molecular formulas

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(a) The characteristic odor of pineapple is due to ethyl butyrate, a compound containing carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. Combustion of 1.95 mg of ethyl butyrate produces4.42 mg of CO2 and 1.81 mg of H2O. What is the empirical formula of the compound?

(b) Nicotine, a component of tobacco, is composed of C, H, and N. A 7.875-mg sample of nicotine was combusted, producing 21.363 mg of CO2 and 6.125 mg of H2O. What is the empirical formula for nicotine?

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