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Part B. The water found on Earth is almost entirely made up of the 1H and 16O isotopes for a formula of H2O and a molecular mass of 18.0 amu. What is the largest mass that a water molecule could have using other isotopes?
Express the mass numerically in atomic mass units.
There are three naturally occurring isotopes of hydrogen:
protium (ordinary hydrogen): 1H, deuterium (heavy hydrogen): 21H or D, and tritium: 31H or T.
There are three naturally occurring isotopes of oxygen:
oxygen-17: 17O, and 178O
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