Problem: Bromine has two naturally occurring isotopes (Br-79 and Br-81) and has an atomic mass of 79.904 amu. The mass of Br-81 is 80.9163 amu, and its natural abundance is 49.31%. Calculate the mass of Br-79ext{Br-79}.

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We’re being asked to to determine the mass of  Br-79. We can use the following equation:


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


where atomic mass = average atomic mass of the element and f.a. = fractional abundance of the isotope. To get f.a., we simply need to divide the given percent abundance by 100.



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Bromine has two naturally occurring isotopes (Br-79 and Br-81) and has an atomic mass of 79.904 amu. The mass of Br-81 is 80.9163 amu, and its natural abundance is 49.31%. Calculate the mass of Br-79.

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