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Most recent answer: 10/22/2007
Q:
What chemical elements are found in vinegar, oil (vegetable), water, and baking soda?
- Will
B.E.W Elementary, AC,AS.U.S.A
A:
Scientists call what elements a chemical has its chemical composition

Water has the chemical formula H20, so it has Hydrogen (H) and Oxygen (O)

Household Vinegar is about 3% acetic acid and 97% water (with a mixture of a small amount of few other chemicals). Acetic acid has the formula C2H4O2. So acetic acid has the elements Carbon (C), Hydrogen (H), and Oxygen (0)

Baking Soda is called Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate or Sodium BiCarbonate. The formula is NaHCO3 giving it sodium (Na, latin for Natrium), Hydrogen (H), Carbon (C), and Oxygen (O)

Vegetable Oil is a mixture of chemicals called hydrocarbons that you study in organic chemistry. Hydrocarbons mainly have carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. I found the following document online that might give you a hint as to what Vegetable Oil Contains:



Jason

(published on 10/22/2007)

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