# Learning Objectives: To understand what is meant by the term, ‘relative molecular mass’

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Learning Objectives: To understand what is meant by the term, ‘relative molecular mass’

M r is the relative molecular mass of a compound. This is the mass of the compound relative to the mass of 12 C. It is easy. Just add up the masses of the atoms in the molecule.

Masses of Molecules Example H 2 contains 2 x hydrogen atoms. Hydrogen atoms have a relative mass of 1, so H 2 has a relative mass of: HHHH mass = 1 mass = 1 H 2 2 x 1 = 2g

Masses of Molecules Example CO 2 contains 1 x carbon atom and 2 x oxygen atoms. carbon atoms have a relative mass of 12, and oxygen atoms have a relative mass of 16. The sum is:(1 x 12) + (2 x 16) = 12 + 32 = 44g COO 16 12 16

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