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Subject: Do all elements on the periodic table have isotopes

Date: Fri Feb 10 02:18:00 2012
Posted by Yogi
Grade level: 10-12 School: Somerville House
City: Brisbane State/Province: Queensland Country: Australia
Area of science: Chemistry
ID: 1328865480.Ch

Most people say all elements have isotopes because atomic masses are decimal
numbers, but protons don't have a mass of exactly 1 amu, and one book mentioned
that when protons and neutrons combine in a nucleus, some mass is lost as
binding energy according to E=mc^2.  My favourite chem book by Zumdahl only
mentions a few elements with isotopes.  I'm trying to teach isotopes to my Y10
class, and would like to know if there is a definitive answer with proper reasons.

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