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Find Number of Neutrons in a Copper Bar given volume of bar?

  1. Oct 4, 2009 #1
    The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    A bar of copper has dimensions 0.5605 ft. x 3.545 in x 5.722 cm. The density of copper is 8.921 g / cm3. Copper contains 2 isotopes, 63Cu (69.09% abundant) and 65Cu (30.91% abundant). How many neutrons are in the bar of copper?

    The attempt at a solution

    I took the volume: 11.37cm^3 x 8.921g/cm^3 x 6.022E23 neutrons/63.546g Cu = 9.612E23 neutrons.

    Is this right? I think I need to use the isotope information somewhere but I don't know where or how.
     
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  3. Oct 4, 2009 #2

    mgb_phys

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    You have already used the isotope information, 63.546g is the weighted average of the two isotopes
     
  4. Oct 4, 2009 #3
    Ok I just got the from the periodic table. So the isotope information is unnecessary?
     
  5. Oct 4, 2009 #4

    mgb_phys

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    >63Cu (69.09% abundant) and 65Cu (30.91% abundant)
    Means that a sample = 63 * 69.09/100 + 65 * 30.91/100 = 63.618
    You should probably use this value in your calcs.
     
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