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The relative abundance of two isotopes of atomic weight 85 and 87 is 75% and 25% respectively.The average atomic weight of element is

$\begin{array}{1 1}(a)\;86.0&(b)\;40.0 \\(c)\;85.5&(d)\;75.5\end{array} $

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Average atomic weight =$\large\frac{R.A(1)\times\text{at.mass}(1)+R.A(2)\times\text{at.mass}(2)}{R.A(1)+R.A(2)}$
Average atomic weight=$\large\frac{85\times 75\times 87\times 25}{100}$
$\Rightarrow \large\frac{6375+2175}{100}$
$\Rightarrow \large\frac{8550}{100}$$=85.5$
Hence (c) is the correct answer.
answered Mar 25, 2014 by sreemathi.v
 

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