Difference between molecular mass and molar mass

  1. 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    What is the difference between molecular mass and molar mass? Are they related?

    2. Relevant equations

    moles = total mass/ mass/mole

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I can't find any explanation in my lecture notes.
    I think that:
    molecular mass = mass of one molecule
    molar mass = mass of one mole of a molecule

    I think they are related by if i took the molecular mass and multiplied it by the number of moles, I would get the molar mass.
    Any help explaining these concepts is appreciated!
     
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  3. Borek

    Staff: Mentor

    Correct, but in what units?

    Correct, but in what units?

    I guess you mean "number of molecules in a mole", not "number of moles". You are not wrong, but you are still missing one important factor. Again, think about units used for both molar and molecular mass.
     
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  4. Is molar mass not the same thing as mass of one mole of the substance in question?
     
  5. Borek

    Staff: Mentor

    Yes it is.

    But without using correct units you will be still off.
     
  6. If that is the case the unit will be gram per mole i.e gmol-1. How about that?
    Is relative molecular mass the same as molecular mass?
     
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