Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsMathematics · 9 years ago

Hard Chemistry Question 10 points best answer?

Heres the question from my General Chemistry Class.

10. One atom of an unknown element (monatomic) is found to have a mass of 1.79 * 10^-23 grams, what is the molar mass (specify units) and identify the element.

I checked my lecture but I can't find any formuals to solve molar mass based off the mass alone without the element's atomic mass. Am I missing something in the question or is it impossible. Please solve if it's possible. Thanks.

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  • 9 years ago
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    first we must find the number of moles so to do that we use the equation: n (moles) = N (number of entities of that element = 1)/Na (avogadro's number = 6.022*10^23)

    so n=1/6.022*10^23


    now that we know the number of moles and the mass, we can use the equation n(moles=1.66*10^-24) = m (mass in grams = 1.79*10^-23)/Mr (molar mass)


    Mr=10.8 g/mol

    now by simply looking at a periodic table, we can see that this is approximately the same as boron's atomic mass (different because of rounding) so we have our mystery element: Boron (B) and its atomic weight or molar mass of 10.8 g/mol

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  • There are 6.02 * 10^23 atoms in one mole of a substance

    1 atom has a mass of 1.79 * 10^(-23) grams

    1 mole of the atoms has a mass of:

    1.79 * 10^(-23) * 6.02 * 10^23 =

    1.79 * 6.02 =


    Looking at the Periodic Table of Elements, we find that Boron has an AMU (the mass of 1 mole of an element) 10.8

    We have found Boron

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    This answer has been brought to you by...MOLTEN BORON!!


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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    We're given the mass for 1 atom. 1 mole is 6.02 * 10^23 atoms (Avogadro's number). Use dimensional analysis to solve for the molar mass.

    [(1.79 * 10^-23 grams) / 1 atom] * [(6.02 * 10^23 atoms) / 1 mole)] =

    10.78 grams/mole

    Upon looking at the periodic table you should realize that this mass is closest to Boron's mass of 10.81 grams/mole.

    Element: Boron (B)

    Source(s): A+ in AP Chemistry 800 on the Chemistry SAT II
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  • 9 years ago

    You can solve for the atomic mass thus...

    a mole of atoms = 6.02 x 10^23 atoms/mole, x 1.79 x 10^-23 g/atom, = 10.775 grams/mole = molar mass

    Closest I can find on the Periodic table is Boron at 10.811 grams/mole

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  • 9 years ago

    It has a molar mass of 10.779 grams. The element is Boron from my calculations.

    Should be right I followed my notes.

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  • 9 years ago

    mass of atom X avogadro constant = relative atomic mass

    so...(1.79 x10^-23) x (6.022x10^23)

    1.79 x 6.022 = 10.78

    Boron (10.81) comes the closest

    units would be g/mol

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  • 9 years ago

    there is no known formula. it is like a black hole, where supposedly nothing can escape. if you believe the black hole THEORY, then what is a QUASAR?

    Source(s): reader's digest=== lol
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