# Are atomic mass, formula mass, and molar mass the same thing?

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Oct 21, 2015

#### Answer:

Formula mass and molar mass are the same. Atomic mass refers to atomic particles.

#### Explanation:

When we write "formula mass", we usually mean the mass associated with 1 mole of such a formula; i.e. Avogadro's number of such a formula. Molar mass is the same thing: Avogadro's number of whatever stuff you have. The ability to successfully calculate equivalent masses of compounds is vital to success in Chemistry.

PS Atomic mass is the mass associated with a mole of atomic species; this is not always the same as olar mass: a mole of *molecules* ,