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ATOMIC MASS

The mass of an atom relative to another atoms. The present-day basis of the scale of atomic weights is carbon, the most general isotope of this element has arbitrarily been assigned an atomic weight of 12. The unit of the scale is 1/12 the weight of the carbon atom or roughly the mass of one proton or one neutron. The atomic weight of any element is approximately equal to the total number of protons and neutrons in is nucleus
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