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Determining the average relative mass of an element from the percentage of isotopes

Suppose we have an element $\ce{A}$. Its relative mass is $16$ and it has three isotopes: $\ce{^16A}$ ,$\ce{^17A}$ and $\ce{^18A}$. The available percentage of $\ce{^17A}$ is $0.037\,\%$. What is the ...
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Is there oxygen isotope exchange between dissolved CO2 and H2O?

If you had a sample containing an elevated concentration of $\ce{H2^{18}O}$, and bubbled $\ce{C^{16}O2}$ through it, would some of the oxygen-18 isotope be transferred from water to carbon dioxide? I ...
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Mapping of half-life decay for all elements/isotopes

Is there an open resource that helps illustrate all paths of decay for all isotopes (e.g. $\ce{^{99}Mo}$ decaying to $\ce{^\mathrm{99m}Tc})?$ I know the result state/transition map would be massive, ...
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Bond frequency vs Bond Strength in Kinetic Isotope Effect

I am confused by the following: in Ansyln's Modern Physical Organic Chemistry, a higher vibrational frequency defines a stronger bond due to the deeper/sharper potential well (page 76). However, the ...
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Why is Gallium-69 stable, Gallium-70 unstable and Gallium-71 stable again?

Why is gallium 70 suddenly unstable, whereas it becomes stable again when you add another neutron? Shouldn't isotopes become unstable when there are either too few or too many neutrons? Why is gallium ...
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Are double spike isotopic standards suitable for quantification by isotope dilution mass spectrometry?

I would like to apply isotope dilution mass spectrometry (IDMS)* to quantify lead at trace levels. A good spike solution for the process would be the NIST SRM 991 which is an enriched material of ...
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Mass spec mass calculation difference

This is not a homework question, but for research. I am performing mass spec on serum metabolites using Thermo Q Exactive PLUS with a HESI source which was set to a spray voltage of -2.7kV under ...
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Neutron–proton ratio and isotope stability

I have studied that most of the isotopes (not all of them!) with a neutron–proton ratio of $\ge 1.5$ are unstable; but it is obvious that this is not true in some cases like carbon-14 or technetium-99....
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How is this Clemmensen Reduction taking place? [closed]

How did that isotopically labelled Carbon migrate? I know that an carbanion is formed, but I am not able to conclude the final product. Please Help
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g-tensor and hyperfine tensor for nitroxide spin label with 15N

Does anyone know where I can find numerical data for the $g$ tensor and hyperfine tensor for a nitroxide spin label where the nitrogen-14 atom has been replaced by a nitrogen-15 atom? I'm really ...
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Does the Atomic Mass listed for each element on the periodic table reflect the relative abundances of their isotopes on Earth? Or in the Universe? [duplicate]

Somehow, I cannot find a site or book or paper explaining exactly how the average atomic masses for the elements on the periodic table are weighted.... I posted a question either here or on Physics S....
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Where do the electrons for which RTG's use for the Seeback effect come from?

I know that RTG's use Radioactive Isotope that emit Alpha particles generally (ie. NASA uses Pu 238), I also know that these Alpha particles are consiting of 2 Protons and 2 Neutrons, since the RTG ...
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If all molecules have basically the same KE at a given temperature, why do lighter isotopes evaporate more readily?

One of the proxies used for paleoclimate is the ratio of oxygen-18 to oxygen-16 in ice cores and in sedimentary rocks. The idea is that water molecules with oxygen-18 generally evaporate less readily ...
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How would one separate a mixture of isotopes (different nuclear spins) at temperatures near 0 Kelvin?

Suppose we have two isotopes of the same element. For example, isotope A could have a nuclear spin I = 0, isotope B could have nuclear spin I = 3/2. Let us say we have a compound where this element is ...
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Can the enrichment of Uranium be done via manipulating the boiling/melting point difference between differing isotopes of the same element?

I have a Physics question for which I could not find the answer on the Internet, so I would like to see if y'all know the answer to it. I have found that heavy water will have a different boiling ...
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Long-lived, non-lethal radioisotope for fiction [closed]

I'm writing something where the characters are looking for someone among a large set of people. They don't know who this person is and they don't know what they're looking for, so their best bet is to ...
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What is the heaviest possible water using oxygen and hydrogen isotopes, and what might it's physical properties be? [closed]

After a cursory internet search, it appears to me that Hydrogen-3 (a part of Tritiated Water) is the heaviest stable* hydrogen isotope. Oxygen-21 is the heaviest isotope of Oxygen with a half-life of ...
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Biological activity of the isotopes of the same element

I have a question regarding biological activity of different isotopes of the same elements, notably $\ce{^206Pb}$ and $\ce{^208Pb}$. Lead is known to be toxic, such that it can replace calcium from ...
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What does radioactive decay look like?

Some element isotopes have half-lives that are as short as a couple minutes to an hour. Does that mean you can watch it (or catch it on video) turn into 2 different elements? What would something like ...
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Normalising Kinetic Isotope Effect Per Deuterium Atom

I've synthesised a protic and deuterated version of a specific molecule where there are two deuterium atoms in the latter. I then go about and measure the kinetic isotope effect (KIE) for a reaction ...
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How do we know the natural abundance of isotopes on Earth?

Without knowing the Average Atomic Mass or the percent abundance, how do we know that Protium is the most prevalent hydrogen isotope? What methods did scientists use to come to this conclusion? How ...
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isotopic composition database for carbon isotopes

I am seeking an isotopic composition database for carbon isotopes, since I would like to make a figure showing the different isotopic compositions of different materials. The best woudl be if the ...
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Probability of forming dihydrogen with molecular weight 3 [closed]

During a lecture, my professor told us that the probability $P$ to form a hydrogen molecule $\ce{H2}$ with mass number 3 could be calculated out of the abundances, $\gamma$, of the isotopes of this ...
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Who figured out that different isotopes have different numbers of neutrons?

I reasearched about the history of the discovery of neutrons and couldn't find who found out that isotopes are a change in the number of neutrons. Can you please tell me who it was that made this ...
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Why burn methane to CO2 for isotopic analyis?

I am wondering why mathane is burned to CO$_2$ for isotopic analysis, e.g with a mass spec? I have looked into several text books, they all describe how to do it but not why. Is it because of a ...
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The unit of relative atomic mass [closed]

The mass of Carbon-12 atom is 12.0000000 a.m.u. For relative isotopic mass, e.g. Mg-24 atom is 24 compare with the c-12 as standard. However, why is it unitless? Shouldn't it be 24 a.m.u.?
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How much D2O is in Vienna Standard Mean Ocean Water?

I'm curious how much $\ce{D2O}$ (heavy water) is in Vienna Standard Mean Ocean Water. I am interested in $\ce{D2O}$ molecules and not $\ce{HDO}$/$\ce{D+}$/ $\ce{DH2O+}$/$\ce{D2HO+}$/$\ce{D3O+}$ or any ...
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Behavior of Natural Abundance and Mass Spec Ratios

The presence of sulfur in a mass spec is 96% and 4%. I believe this to be because the natural occurrence of sulfur isotopes are within these proportions. However, chlorine behaves in a 66%/33% ratio ...
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An expression for equilibrium constant of isotope reaction

Consider the isotope exchange reaction: $$\ce{C ^{16}O + 1/2 ^{18}O {}^{18}O <=> C^{18}O + 1/2 ^{16}O^{16}O}$$ The equilibrium constant for the reaction is: $$K=\frac{\prod (a_i)^{n_i}_{products}...
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Why isn't carbon-14 included in CIAAW list of isotopic abundances? [closed]

According to Wikipedia, standard atomic weight is based on the published isotopic abundances of CIAAW: The standard atomic weight $(A_\mathrm{r},$ standard) of a chemical element is the weighted ...
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Do isotopes have the same ionization energy? [duplicate]

When learning about isotopes and IE in High School this question have come to my mind recently. I have asked the teacher, she told me that she read articles about it however could not come to a ...
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Stronger ESI signal for deuterated substances

I observe a constant phenomenon in my ESI measurements, which indicates that deuterated substances give a stronger signal than the same substance in non-deuterated form. Unfortunately I can't make any ...
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Why do isotopes have different chemical reaction rates? [duplicate]

Isotopes of a given element differ in the rates at which they undergo chemical reaction. Why is this so? The only explanation I could think of is that the gravitational force on the electrons ...
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Is enthalpy affected by isotopes?

Enthalpy is a sum of $U$ and $PV$, and I thought that for different isotopes, internal energy values may differ. Is it true? There are three stable isotopes of $\textrm{Mg}$, mass number 24, 25, and ...
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Type of structural isomerism

What is the type of structural isomerism in which isotopes move around? Examples $\ce{CH2D-NH2}$ and $\ce{CH3-NHD}$ $\ce{CH2D-NH-CH3}$ and $\ce{CH3-ND-CH3}$ $\ce{CH2D-NH-CH2CH3}$ and $\ce{CH3-NH-CHD-...
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What is the relationship between entropy and heat capacity?

The molar heat capacity of hydrogen gas and deuterium gas are nearly the same, $\pu{28.8 J K-1 mol-1}$ and $\pu{29.2 J K-1 mol-1}$, respectively, but the absolute entropy of deuterium ($\pu{145.0 J K-...
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Do radioisotopes emitted particles influence their chemistry? [duplicate]

Supposedly, a isotopes have the same chemistry, i.e. how they bond to other atoms. Is this true for radioisotopes? I can imagine a nucleus emitting particles that interact with existing bonds in its ...
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If every radioisotope atom in your body decayed at once, would you explode? What are the odds of it happening spontaneously? [closed]

The title pretty much sums it all.
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Ionization and bond energy of isotope [closed]

Is there a database with the direct values, or the ingredients to calculate them, for ionization and bond energies of isotopes (i.e. $^{17}O_2$). If I understand it right, ionization energy can be ...
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Effect of pH on sulphur isotope variation on a landscape

I recently ran a forest regression model, this model showed me that increasing soil pH increases sulphur isotope variation across the landscape. I am not how this is possible and if it makes sense
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Finding Symmetry number of a molecule [closed]

An isotopic variant of the molecule SF$_6$ is S$^{19}$F$_4^{18}$F$_2$, with the two $^{18}$F nuclei oriented axially, so that the $^{18}$F-S-$^{18}$F angle is 180°and the four $^{19}$F nuclei form a ...
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Do isotopic groups cause optical activity?

I understood the simplified reason for optical activity of a compound based on the difference in the angular velocities of counter-rotating circularly polarized light. The difference is due to the ...
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Kinetics of converting a water + heavy water mixture to HDO

Imagine an initial 50%-50% mixture of normal ($\rm H_2 \rm O$) and heavy water ($\rm D_2 \rm O$). I think, simply mixing them, the result will exponentially converge to an equilibric state, where ...
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Characteristics of Isotopes [closed]

I'm currently applying information theory to physics, and have begun considering the nature of isotopes, and in particular, how much information is contributed to the properties of an element by its ...
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Classic/killer/easy application for the deuterium kinetic isotope effect?

I'm a physicist. While visiting someone's o-chem class I learned about the existence of the deuterium kinetic isotope effect. This seems like an extremely sweet example of zero-point energy, and I ...
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Does the distillation of alcohol cause the fractioning of isotopes and carbon-12 enrichment?

In water, distillation causes fractioning of the $\ce{^{18}O}/\ce{^{16}O}$ oxygen isotopes (Wikipedia). Does something similar happen to the $\ce{^{13}C}/\ce{^{12}C}$ and possibly $\ce{^{14}C}$ ...
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What is mass-independent isotope separation/fractionation?

How can any separation/fractionation of isotopes be mass-independent, if the only difference between two isotopes is mass? The only clue(s) on Wikipedia mention molecular symmetry, 'forbidden' spin-...
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Why do foraminifera use less magnesium in their shells when the water is cold?

When scientists study ancient seabed cores, they say they can judge the temperature of the water in the past by analyzing the magnesium to calcium ratio in foraminifera shells (both in the form of ...
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Why are isotopes an issue in reading mass spectra?

It is my understanding that the isotope distribution for carbon and hydrogen, for example, are skewed heavily toward one species, i.e., one isotope accounts for ~99% of the abundance of the element in ...
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Strontium-89 vs strontium-90

Why is radioactive strontium-89 is considered medically useful for bones (along with other benefits) whereas strontium-90 (also being radioactive) is harmful for human body? How does the addition of ...
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