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Mass of atoms.

 
 
Reply Sat 9 Oct, 2010 10:03 pm
When determining the mass of an individual atom, the mass of a group of atoms were divided by the total number. Why is this more precise than taking the mass of one atom individually?

If anyone has a clue please help me. Thanks.
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Reply Sat 9 Oct, 2010 10:13 pm
@cookies12,
What is the margin of error on your scale? I suspect it is greater than the weight of a single atom.
roger
 
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Reply Sun 10 Oct, 2010 01:28 pm
@DrewDad,
You are probably right.

I do wonder about taking the mass and dividing by the total number of atoms. I mean, who counted them and how long did it take?
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papatrott
 
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Reply Wed 31 Aug, 2011 07:23 pm
@cookies12,
the reason it is more accurate is because of quantum mechanics... the uncertainty of the subatomic world makes it very hard to be accurate, when it is multiple atoms it is a higher probability that the essential particles are there in there proper position
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