What is Mass number?

asked Dec 7, 2013 in Periodic Table by Murthy (3 points)

1 Answer

answered Dec 7, 2013 by Vishnu Vardhan Reddy (9 points)

The total number of particles present in the nucleus of an atom is known as Mass number

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The total number of protons and neutrons present in nucleus of an atom is known as Mass number.

·         Mass number is designated by symbol ‘A’.

·         Mass number is nearly equal to atomic weight.

Mass number  = Number of protons(atomic number) + Number of neutrons

                         A=Z +n

Eg:  Sodium contains 11 protons and 12 neutrons.

So, the mass number of Sodium is 11+12=23

Atomic weight of sodium is 22.989769.

Here, the mass number is nearly equal to atomic weight of the sodium.

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