An element containing only 2 isotopes , 50P and 53P (50 and 53 are the nucleon numbers) have been analysed in a mass spectrometer . If the relative atomic mass of P is 51.9 , what is the relative abundance of 50P ?
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If an element X has isotopes of and relative abundance respectively (note that the sum of relative abundances is always 1) then the relative atomic mass ( ) is given by:
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As a rough check you can check the location of 50, 51.9 and 53 on a number line from 50 to 53. Note that 51.9 lies about 2/3 of the way along it thus it would follow that it will be roughly 1/3 of 50 and 2/3 of 53.
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