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Mass (or weight) percentage (% w/w) is one of the most often used ways of expressing concentrations. It is defined as
Mass of solution (in case of simple solution containing only one solvent and one solute) is
so we can formulate the definition in slightly different way:
Weight percentage is the only percentage concentration that is always unambiguous. Note that it is expressed in % units (as opposed to % w/v).
Unfortunately bottles labelled % often contain solution of unknown concentration. See what is wrong with percentages for detailed explanation.
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