posted by Marty on .
The isotopes of argon have the following relative abundances:
Estimate the average atomic mass of argon.
How would I go about doing this?
You need the mass of the 36, 38, and 40 isotopes to calculate the atomic mass but since the problem says to estimate, I assume you are to use the mass numbers. The estimated atomic mass calculated this way gives a value that is too high from the actual value.
(36*0.0034) + (38*0.0006) + (40*0.9966) = ??