Mass of atoms

Katie Nye 3I
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Mass of atoms

When it comes to certain questions, we need the mass of electrons or certain atoms in order to solve it. Does that always need to be in kilograms? And will we be given the value or do we need to memorize the basic ones?

Jay Solanki 3E
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Re: Mass of atoms

Hello!

Masses should always be in kilograms since we use them in the context of Joules (which is kg m^2/s^2). This way the units cancel. As for your second question, we do not need to memorize any masses as they are given to us on the equations and constants sheet. Hope this helps!

Catie Donohue 3I
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Re: Mass of atoms

Hi! Adding on to the previous response, I would say that it's a good idea to use your SI units when you're unsure or when there are no units specified in the question (kg, m, s). If they use specific units in the question itself, I would change your units back to the same type the question uses unless it explicitly asks you to change the unit in your answer.

Justin Lin 3B
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Re: Mass of atoms

You should always make sure that the mass is converted to kilograms because you'll be able to work with the SI units. Some of the conversions are on the constant sheet we were given, but there are other conversions not on the sheet that we should memorize.

Halle Villalobos 3C
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Re: Mass of atoms

Hi! We will be allowed a periodic table and formula sheet while taking the midterm. The formula sheet includes the mass of electrons, protons, and neutrons. As for masses of certain elements, remember that 1kg = 10^3 g as we should always convert to kg in our calculations. I hope this helps!

Keshav Patel 14A 3B
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Re: Mass of atoms

Mass of atoms should always be in Kilograms. When it comes to electrons, neutrons and protons all are on the formula sheet, so you will know the masses of all the following. So undoubtedly you will not get the mass of any of these particles in anything but kilograms.

Brandon McClelland 2K
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Re: Mass of atoms

If no units are specified, I'd just stick to kilos because they're the SI unit.

Jason Knight - 1D
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Re: Mass of atoms

It is given we do not need to memorize certain masses for the exam, because they are provided on the calculation sheet that Dr. Lavelle sent out. When problem-solving, convert to kg because that is the SI unit of mass.

Brian Nguyen 2F
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Re: Mass of atoms

Kilograms is the SI Unit for mass, so you will have to keep in mind that when solving, your mass is converted in kilograms in order to get the right calculation.

josephspindler2L
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Re: Mass of atoms

As some such as Halle have already stated, the equations and constants sheets will have the mass of protons, electrons, and neutrons provided. We'll be using kg as the unit of choice as other constants/equations will be dependent on this unit.

Jeremy Wei 2K
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Re: Mass of atoms

Hi, when using mass of electrons or protons or whatever you’d be using the standard SI units in the problem so yes, you’ll be using kg. Also Lavelle sent out a constants sheet with all the masses that you’ll be able to use on the exam so no need to memorize them!

Jasraj Parmar 3H
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Re: Mass of atoms

You use standard SI units, So I would just stick to kg for the mass.

Rohit Srinivas 1C
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Re: Mass of atoms

On one of the textbook problems it assumed we knew how to convert from miles to meters. Is that something we need to memorize?

Kyle Dizon 1A
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Re: Mass of atoms

I would stick with the SI units just in case because it is easier to work with the SI units.

Simran Bains 2I
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Re: Mass of atoms

If we are doing something that involves joules then we should use kilograms and we don't have to memorize any of the masses as they will be provided to us.

Jack Kettering 2H
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Re: Mass of atoms

Masses should always be in SI units which in the case of mass is kilograms. As for your second question, I believe all constants like that will be given to us during exams so no need for memorization.

Joshua Chung 2D
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Re: Mass of atoms

Other people have pretty much covered it, but just make sure that your SI units align in your equations, and when in doubt double check the conversions.

Armen_Isayan_3F
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Re: Mass of atoms

Hello Katie, the mass of the atoms should be presented in kilograms because it is the SI unit for mass. Unless, an actual unit is specified it is best to utilize kilograms as the unit for the mass.

Muskaan Abdul-Sattar
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Re: Mass of atoms

The mass of the atoms should be in kilograms because it is the SI unit for mass.