The atomic mass of fictitious element X is 51.70 amu. If element X consists of two isotopes that have mass numbers of 50 and 52, what is the approximate % natural abundance of each isotope?
% abundance of isotope with mass 50: 15%
% abundance of isotope with mass 52: 85%
Write the equation for relative atomic mass in terms of x (with x being one isotope's mass) and solve for x:
Find the value of y using x:
So % abundance for the isotope with mass number 50 is 15%, and the % abundance for the isotope with mass number 52 is 85%.