If you had a balance that could determine the mass of a proton, how many electrons would need to weigh a on the same balance to measure the same mass as a single proton?

1 Answer
Oct 6, 2016

Answer:

You would need 1837 electrons.

Explanation:

The mass of a proton is #1.673 × 10^"-27"color(white)(l) "kg"#.

The mass of an electron is #9.109 × 10^"-31"color(white)(l) "kg"#

#"1 electron"/(9.109 × 10^"-31" color(red)(cancel(color(black)("kg")))) × (1.673 × 10^"-27" color(red)(cancel(color(black)("kg"))))/"1 proton" = "1837 electrons"/"1 proton"#

Thus, 1837 electrons have the same mass as 1 proton.