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Problem: There are two isotopes of Y, 50Y (mass 49.972 amu, abundance 24.93%), 52Y (mass 51.966 amu). The atomic mass of Y in amu is what?

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Use the formula of atomic mass to determine the atomic mass of Y:


Atomic Mass=[mass×f.a.]isotope 1+[mass×f.a.]isotope 2


where:

atomic mass = average atomic mass of the element 

f.a. = fractional abundance of the isotope

To get f.a., simply need to divide the given percent abundance by 100.


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There are two isotopes of Y, 50Y (mass 49.972 amu, abundance 24.93%), 52Y (mass 51.966 amu). The atomic mass of Y in amu is what?

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