Subject: Why is the relative atomic mass of an element never a whole number
Date: Wed Oct 25 10:17:45 2006
Posted by Kenneth
Grade level: 10-12
School: Nairn Academy
City: Nairn State/Province: Scotland
Area of science: Chemistry
I am getting confused with info to answer this question - I think that it is
because an element contains different isotopes and they have all got rounded
masses on the periodic table, so when these are added together and then divided
to give an average for the relative atomic mass it can not be a whole number.
But I am not confident that thi is right.
Re: Why is the relative atomic mass of an element never a whole number
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