# How would we represent the formation of carbon dioxide with DIFFERENT carbon isotopes?

Oct 19, 2016

Isotopomeric carbon dioxide?

#### Explanation:

${\text{^12C+O_2 rarr }}^{12} C {O}_{2}$

${\text{^13C+O_2 rarr }}^{13} C {O}_{2}$

${\text{^14C+O_2 rarr }}^{14} C {O}_{2}$

${\text{^12C+""^16O=""^(18)O rarr ""^16O=^12C=}}^{18} O$

You could do the same thing with the isotopes of oxygen. Of course, "natural" carbon dioxide contains all of these isotopes to one extent or another.