Problem: Carbon-12 contains 6 protons and 6 neutrons. The radius of the nucleus is approximately 2.7 fm (femtometers) and the radius of the atom is approximately 70 pm (picometers).Calculate the volume of the nucleus and the volume of the atom. (Assume two significant figures.)

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The volume of a sphere is given by:


V=43πr3


Volume of nucleus:  


V=43π(2.7 fm×10-15m1 fm×1 cm10-2m)3


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Carbon-12 contains 6 protons and 6 neutrons. The radius of the nucleus is approximately 2.7 fm (femtometers) and the radius of the atom is approximately 70 pm (picometers).

Calculate the volume of the nucleus and the volume of the atom. (Assume two significant figures.)

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