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Average atomic mass worksheet

#1: Rubidium has two common isotopes,85Rb and87Rb.If the abundance of85Rb is 72.2% and the abundance of87Rb is 27.8%, what is the average atomic mass of rubidium?

PROCEDURE:1. Convert the 1stisotope’s percentage to a decimal (move decimal 2 places to the left)

72.2% → .722;

2. Multiply the decimal by the mass # for the isotope

.722x 85 =61.37

3. Write the product down; this is aSUB-TOTAL

4. Repeat steps 1-3 for each of the remaining isotopes listed, recording allSUB-TOTALS

27.8% → .278;

.278x 87 =24.186

5. Add your sub-totals together, and round to the lowest decimal place of the 2 subtotals -THIS IS THE ATOMIC MASS!

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85.56

Average atomic mass worksheet

#2: Uranium has three common isotopes. If the abundance of234U is 0.01%, the abundance of235U is 0.71% and the abundance of238U is 99.28%, what is the average atomic mass of Uranium?

1. Convert the 1stisotope’s percentage to a decimal (move decimal 2 places to the left)

0.01% → .0001;

2. Multiply the decimal by the mass # for the isotope

.0001x 234 =.0234

3. Write the product down; this is aSUB-TOTAL

4. Repeat steps 1-3 for each of the remaining isotopes listed, recording allSUB-TOTALS

.71% → .0071;

.0071x 235 =1.6685

5. Add your sub-totals together, and round to the lowest decimal place of the 2 subtotals -THIS IS THE ATOMIC MASS!

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=237.9783

99.28% → .9928;

.9928x 238 =236.2864

USE YOUR “READING THE PERIODIC TABLE: ….” NOTES – BOTTOM OF FRONT SIDE OF NOTEPAGE-IF YOU NEED GUIDANCE WITH THE MATH:

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