Question #7a90e

1 Answer
Oct 24, 2015

Answer:

84.0 amu

Explanation:

Formula mass unit is the sum of all the atomic weights that make up the substance.

In the case of #NaHCO_3#, you need to count first how many atoms are there in the formula.

Na = 1
H = 1
C = 1
O = 3

Next is to get the atomic weights (just take a look at the periodic table).

Atomic weight of Na = 22.989769 amu (atomic mass unit)
Atomic weight of H = 1.00794 amu
Atomic weight of C = 12.0107 amu
Atomic weight of O = 15.9994 amu

Then add the atomic weights according to the formula.
22.989769 amu + 1.00794 amu + 12.0107 amu + (3 x 15.9994 amu)

= 84.0 amu