Is AMU the unit for both 'atomic mass' and 'molecular mass'?

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Is 'AMU' the unit for both 'atomic mass' and 'molecular mass'?
 

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Is 'AMU' the unit for both 'atomic mass' and 'molecular mass'?
Well, an atomic mass unit is a unit of mass, so you can use it to represent anything. You could even say "My car weighs <insert large number here> atomic mass units".

It was designed for atoms though, e.g. hydrogen has a mass of ~1 u, carbon has a mass of ~12 u, etc. If you combine those, you could use it for molecular mass too.
 
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"My car weighs <insert large number here> atomic mass units".
7.6×1027
 

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