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Astronomer186

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I have already figured out the momentum using this information. When I looked at the solution guide of how to find the mass, I am not sure why they use:

m = 60(1.67 x 10^-27 kg)?

to figure out the mass? I mean, I can understand the number 60, because that's the atomic mass, but why multiply it by the mass of a proton? Cobalt has two charges: 2+ and 3+. The most common one is 2+, so why multiply it by the mass of a proton, rather than an alpha particle (which has a 2+ charge)?

If someone can explain this, that would be greatly appreciated, because I am so confused. Thank you.