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2 3.6 Relating Mass to Number of Particles 101 We can measure the total mass of the nails in the bin and then use the conversion fact above to determine their number. F example, if the nails in the bin are found to weigh 218 pounds, the number of nails in the bin is:? nails = 218 lb nails g 1 lb 1 nail 3.78 g nails = nails There is some uncertainty in this result due to our reliance on measuring rather than counting, but this procedure is a lot faster than the alternative of counting over 26,000 nails. The key point to remember is that this procedure allows us to determine the number of objects in a sample of a large number of those objects without actually counting them. Our procedure allows us to count by weighing. It is often convenient to describe numbers of objects in terms of a collective unit such as a dozen (12) a gross (144). The number is large and inconvenient to use. We might therefe prefer to describe the number of nails in another way. F example, we could describe them in terms of dozens of nails, but 218 pounds of our nails is dozen nails, which is still an awkward number. We could use gross instead of dozen. A gross of objects is 144 objects. The following calculation shows how to create a conversion fact that converts between mass of nails and gross of nails:? g nails 1 gross nails 3.78 g nails 144 nails = = 1 nail 1 gross nails 544 g nails 1 gross nails We can use this conversion fact to determine the number of gross of nails in 218 pounds of nails g 1 gross nails? gross nails = 218 lb nails = 182 gross nails 1 lb 544 g nails Atomic Mass and Counting Atoms by Weighing Now let s take similar steps to count atoms of the element carbon. Because of the size and number of carbon atoms in any nmal sample of carbon, it is impossible to count the atoms directly. Therefe, we want to develop a way of converting from mass of carbon, which we can measure, to the number of carbon atoms. To do this, we will follow steps that are similar to those we followed to count nails by weighing. First, we need to know the masses of individual atoms of carbon. To describe the mass of something as small as an atom of carbon, we need a unit whose magnitude ( lack of it) is crespondingly small. The unit most often used to describe the mass of atoms is the unified atomic mass unit, whose symbol is u amu. A unified atomic mass unit is defined as exactly one twelfth the mass of an atom of carbon 12. Carbon 12 is the isotope of carbon that contains six protons, six neutrons, and six electrons. (You might want to review Section 3.5, which describes isotopes.) One unified atomic mass unit is equivalent to grams. 1 1 unified atomic mass unit (u) = mass of one carbon-12 atom 12 = g

3 102 Chapter 3 The Structure of Matter and the Chemical Elements Objective 28 To generate a relationship between mass of carbon and number of carbon atoms, we need to know the weighted average mass of the carbon atoms found in nature. Experiments show that 98.90% of the carbon atoms in natural carbon are carbon 12, and 1.10% are carbon 13, with six protons, seven neutrons, and six electrons. Related experiments show that each carbon 13 atom has a mass of u. The mass of an atom, usually expressed in unified atomic mass units, is called atomic mass. From the definition of unified atomic mass unit, we know that the mass of each carbon 12 atom is 12 u. The following setup shows how the weighted average mass of carbon atoms is calculated (12 u) ( u) = u This value is carbon s average atomic mass. In the strictest sense, the weighted average of the masses of the naturally occurring isotopes of the element is called average atomic mass, but this text will follow the common convention of calling this just atomic mass. (It is very common to call this property atomic weight, but because it describes the masses of the atoms, not their weights, this text will use the term atomic mass.) Scientists have calculated the (average) atomic masses of all elements that have stable isotopes, and they can be found on any standard periodic table, including the table in this book. The (average) atomic masses found on periodic tables are listed without units. Note that no carbon atom has a mass of u. This value is the weighted average mass of the carbon atoms found in nature. It leads to the following conversion fact f natural carbon u C 1 C atom Although we can use the conversion fact shown above to convert between mass of carbon in unified atomic mass units and number of carbon atoms, let s wait to do this type of calculation until we take the next step of describing the number of atoms with a convenient collective unit, analogous to a dozen a gross. Just one gram of carbon has over carbon atoms. A dozen and a gross are both too small to be useful f conveniently describing this number of atoms. Thus chemists have created a special collective unit, called the mole, which is similar to but much greater than a dozen a gross. A mole (which is abbreviated mol) is an amount of substance that contains the same number of particles as there are atoms in 12 g of carbon 12. To four significant figures, there are atoms in 12 g of carbon 12. Thus a mole of natural carbon is the amount of carbon that contains carbon atoms. The number is often called Avogadro s number. The mole is used in very much the same way as we use the collective units of trio and dozen. There are 3 items in 1 trio, as in 3 musicians in a jazz trio. 3 musicians 1 jazz trio 3 anything 1 trio of anything There are 12 items in 1 dozen, as in 12 eggs in a dozen eggs. 12 eggs 1 dozen eggs 12 anything 1 dozen anything

4 3.6 Relating Mass to Number of Particles 103 There are items in 1 mole, as in carbon-12 atoms in a mole of carbon C atoms 12 1 mol 6 C anything 1 mol anything Avogadro s number is unimaginably huge. F example, even though a carbon atom is extremely small, if you were to arrange the atoms contained in 12 grams (1 mole atoms) of carbon in a straight line, the string of atoms would stretch over 500 times the average distance from earth to the sun (Figure 3.19). Figure 3.19 Avogadro s Number If the extremely tiny atoms in just 12 grams of carbon are arranged in the line, the line would extend over 500 times the distance between earth and the sun. Accding to the definition of mole, one mole of carbon 12 has a mass of 12 g, so the following conversion fact could be used to convert between mass of carbon 12 and moles of carbon g C-12 1 mol C-12 Unftunately, natural carbon always contains carbon 13 atoms as well as carbon 12 atoms, so the conversion fact shown above is not very useful. We need a conversion fact that relates mass and moles of natural carbon instead. Because the average mass of the atoms in natural carbon ( u) is slightly greater than the mass of each carbon 12 atom (12 u), the mass of a mole of natural carbon atoms has a mass slightly greater than the mass of a mole of carbon 12 atoms ( g compared to 12 g). The following conversion fact can be used to convert between mass of natural carbon and number of moles of carbon atoms g C 1 mol C

5 104 Chapter 3 The Structure of Matter and the Chemical Elements Example Converting to Moles Objective 30 The masses of diamonds and other gemstones are measured in carats. There are exactly 5 carats per gram. How many moles of carbon atoms are in a 0.55 carat diamond? (Assume that the diamond is pure carbon.) Solution A 0.55 carat diamond contains over carbon atoms. 15 Mg g 1 mol C? mol C = 0.55 carat C = mol C 5 carat g C Note that, just as we counted the nails by weighing them, we have also developed a method of counting carbon atoms by weighing. F the nails, the technique was merely convenient. If we count one nail per second, it would take over seven hours to count 26,000 nails, but we could do it if we wanted to take the time. F the carbon atoms, we have accomplished what would otherwise have been an impossible task. Even if we had the manual dexterity to pick up one carbon atom at a time, it would take us about centuries to count the atoms in the diamond described in Example 3.2. Molar Mass The mass in grams of one mole of substance is called molar mass. Each element has its own unique molar mass. F example, carbon s molar mass is g/mol, and magnesium s molar mass is g/mol. To see why these elements have different molar masses, we need to remember that the atoms of different elements C contain different numbers of protons, neutrons, and electrons, so they have different masses. The atomic masses given in the periodic table represent the different weighted average masses of the naturally occurring atoms of each element. Different atomic masses lead to different molar masses. F example, the atomic mass of magnesium ( ) shows us that the average mass of magnesium atoms is about twice the average mass of carbon atoms (12.011), so the mass of magnesium atoms (the number of atoms in 1 mole of magnesium) is about twice the mass of carbon atoms (the number of atoms in 1 mole of carbon). Thus the molar mass of magnesium is g/mol, compared to carbon s molar mass of g/mol. The number of grams in the molar mass of an element is the same as the atomic mass. Translating atomic masses into molar masses, you can construct conversion facts that convert between the mass of an element and the number of moles of the element. Molar mass of an element = (atomic mass from periodic table) g element 1 mol element F example, the atomic mass of the element neon listed in the periodic table is , giving a molar mass of g/mol. This measurement provides the following conversion facts f converting between grams and moles of neon g Ne 1 mol Ne 1 mol Ne g Ne

6 3.6 Relating Mass to Number of Particles 105 Lithium s atomic mass is 6.941, so the conversion facts f converting between mass and moles of lithium are 3 Li Ne g Li 1 mol Li 1 mol Li g Li Example 3.3 shows how an atomic mass translates into a molar mass that allows us to convert between mass of an element and number of moles of that element. Example Atomic Mass Calculations The element bon is used as a neutron absber in nuclear reacts. It is also used to make semiconducts and rocket propellants. a. Write the molar mass of bon as a conversion fact that can be used to convert between grams of bon and moles of bon. b. Calculate the mass in kilograms of moles of bon. c. Calculate how many moles of bon are in lb B. Objective 30 Solution a. The molar mass of an element comes from its atomic mass. The atomic mass of bon can be found on the periodic table inside the front cover of this text. It is The atomic mass of any element tells you the number of grams of that element per mole g B 1 mol B g B 1 kg b.? kg B = mol B = kg B 1 mol B 10 3 g g 1 mol B c.? mol B = lb B = mol B 1 lb g B Exercise Atomic Mass Calculations Gold is often sold in units of troy ounces. There are grams per troy ounce. a. What is the atomic mass of gold? b. What is the mass in grams of gold atoms? c. Write the molar mass of gold as a conversion fact that can be used to convert between grams of gold and moles of gold. d. What is the mass in grams of moles of gold? e. What is the mass in milligrams of moles of gold? f. How many moles of gold are in 1.00 troy ounce of pure gold? Objective 30

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