Chemistry and Chemical Reactivity (9th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 1133949649
ISBN 13: 978-1-13394-964-0

Chapter 2 Atoms, Molecules, and Ions - 2-4 Atomic Weights - Review & Check for Section 2-4 - Page 52: 3



Work Step by Step

The atomic weight is the weighted average of the isotope's weights, weighted by their abundances. So for the unknown atom X: The sum of their abundances must be normalized: $14\%+24.1\%+22.1\%+52.4\%=112.6\%$ $w=(203.94\times0.14+205.97\times0.241+206.98\times0.221+207.98\times0.524)\times\frac1{1.126}$ $w=206.84u$ Which is closer to Pb (207.2u).
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