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Naturally occurring cobalt consists of only one isotope Co59 whose relative atomic mass is 58.9332. A synthetic radioactive isotope of cobalt Co60, relative atomic mass 59.9338, is used in radiation therapy for cancer. A 1.8516 sample of cobalt has an apparent "atomic mass" of 58.9901.Find the mass Co60 of in this sample

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    58.9332*(1-X)+59.9338*x=58.9901

    solve for x, which is the decimal fraction of Co60, then multipy it by 1.8516 to get the mass of Co60

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    Let x = fraction of Co60; then
    1-x = fraction of Co59.
    mass Co59(1-x) + mass Co60(x) = 58.9901
    Solve for x (and multiply by 100 if you want percent, then
    fraction x 1.8516g = mass Co 60 in the 1.8616g sample.

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    When I worked it out I got .105 g, is that correct?

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    I have to get this question right, in order to make a B on my assignment

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    Yes.

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