   Chapter 2, Problem 13PS

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Section
Textbook Problem

The mass of an 16 O atom is 15.995 u. What is its mass relative to the mass of an atom of 12C?

Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation:

The relative mass of 16O to the mass of 12C has to be determined, if the mass of 16O is 15.995u

Concept introduction:

• The mass of carbon is assigned or standardized as 12 .
• The mass of atoms are taken as relative to carbon atomic mass (12 u), thereby the mass of any atom other than carbon is called relative mass.
Explanation

The mass of 16O is given as 15.995u.

The mass of carbon is assigned or standardized as 12.

Therefore,

The relative mass of 16O

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