Problem: A mass spectrum of phosphorus (P) atoms shows only a single peak at a mass of 31. What can you conclude from this observation?

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Mass Spectrometry allows you to determine the molecular weight of an unknown compound through its vaporization and ionization. 

Mass spectrometer is used to determine the mass to charge ratio of an unknown compound. 


m = 30           highest abundance → highest peak

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A mass spectrum of phosphorus (P) atoms shows only a single peak at a mass of 31. What can you conclude from this observation?

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