Why is the number of electrons not included in the atomic mass?

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Dec 9, 2015

Answer:

Because the mass contributed by electrons is dwarfed by the nuclear contribution.

Explanation:

Mass of an electron, #9.10xx10^(-31)*kg#.

Mass of a proton, #1.67xx10^(-27)*kg#.

There exists three orders of magnitude difference. Electronic mass can be ignored to a first approximation.