what is the difference between formula mass and molecular mass?

Asked by  | 21st Sep, 2011, 12:00: AM

Expert Answer:

Molecular mass is the sum of atomic masses of the elements present in a molecule. It is obtained by multiplying the atomic mass of each element by the number of its atoms and
adding them together.
 
Some substances such as sodium chloride do not contain discrete molecules as their constituent units. In such compounds, positive (sodium) and negative (chloride) entities are
arranged in a three-dimensional structure.The formula such as NaCl is used to calculate the formula mass instead of molecular mass as in the solid state sodium chloride does not exist as a single entity.The mass of formula unit is called as formula mass.

Answered by  | 22nd Sep, 2011, 09:39: AM

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