# Given that #"atomic numbers, Z"#, and numbers of neutrons are integral, why do we get non-integral atomic masses? What is the relationship between #Z#, and the number of electrons?

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Jun 7, 2017

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And of course

The atomic mass is the weighted average of the individual isotopes that characterize the neutral element; for the heavier elements there is usually an isotopic mix. The position of the element in the Table flags the type of element we are dealing with: alkali metal or alkaline earth metal;