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Author Topic: Atomic weights of 10 elements on periodic table about to make an historic change  (Read 629 times)

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Offline Spookie MonsterTopic starter

Atomic weights of 10 elements on periodic table about to make an historic change

For the first time in history, a change will be made to the atomic weights of some elements listed on the Periodic table of the chemical elements posted on walls of chemistry classrooms and on the inside covers of chemistry textbooks worldwide.

I imagine that some will also try to lose weight come the New Year, so stay tuned!


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Offline jorick

This news is a little underwhelming, to be honest.  First of all, it's a major exaggeration to say the weights have "never" been changed.  They've been tweaked and altered a lot as newer technology with more precision in measurement was created.  But that's just a minor issue with the hyping.  As for the meat of the news.. well, the weights listed on the Periodic Table aren't really specific weights of that element.  They're weighted averages based on the prevalence of different isotopes of that element in the natural world.

It's cool that they found that a single isotope's weight can change slightly, but it's far less mindblowing of a discovery than the article would like you to believe.