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Homework Help: honors chemistry- isotopes...

Posted by guitarking4000 on Tuesday, October 31, 2006 at 5:13pm.

can scientists actually measure the mass and relative abundance of isotopes of an element by counting each particle and measuring their masses? [ i think no because it would be too small ]

if not, how could a scientist measure the mass and relative abundance of isotopes of an element? [ please help me! ]

thanks for helping me
have a happy halloween! :D

One can gassify the element, ionize it, then accelerate it in an accelerator, differing masses will move differently.

Or

one can vibrate the atoms in a changing (oscillating ) electric field, and find resonance. Different masses resonate at different frequencies.

or other methods.

what is honors chemistry? sounds hard


Honors Chemistry is another name for advanced placement (AP) chemistry.

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