How do you calculate the atomic mass of magnesium?

1 Answer
Feb 20, 2017

Answer:

You don't. You look it up in a table.

Explanation:

#m(Mg)=24.31"amu"#

Of course you may have #Mg# react with an element with known atomic mass, e.g. oxygen, and then weigh the before and after situation. But that's been done long ago, by the people who gave us those tables.