Chemistry: The Central Science (13th Edition)

Published by Prentice Hall
ISBN 10: 0321910419
ISBN 13: 978-0-32191-041-7

Chapter 2 - Atoms, Molecules, and Ions - Exercises: 2.28c

Answer

Protons: 27 Neutrons: 33

Work Step by Step

The atomic number, as shown by the periodic table, of Cobalt is 27, meaning that there are 27 protons (the atomic number is the number of protons). Because it is Cobalt-60, the atomic mass number of this isotope is 60 amu. Because both protons and neutrons weigh one amu while electrons are essentially weightless, this means that there must be 33 neutrons (27 protons+33 neutrons= 60 amu).
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