what is meant by saying that 'atomic mass of oxygen is 16'

Asked by dimple | 19th Dec, 2013, 02:43: PM

Expert Answer:

Atomic mass of an element is the relative mass of its atom as compared with the mass of a carbon-12 atom taken as 12 units.Hence, atomic mass of oxygen is 16 u means that one atom of oxygen is 16 times heavier than 1/12 of a carbon-12 atom.
 
Atomic mass of oxygen is 16 means that mass of an oxygen atom is 16 u.

Answered by  | 19th Dec, 2013, 03:04: PM

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