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Can you explain to me what is an "isotope?"

  1. winegoddess55 profile image59
    winegoddess55posted 7 years ago

    Can you explain to me what is an "isotope?"

  2. jimbody profile image78
    jimbodyposted 7 years ago

    An isotope, from the Greek "at the same place," refers to different types of atoms of the same chemical element that possess different numbers of neutrons.

    You can learn a few of the basics regarding isotopes here:
    http://www.colorado.edu/physics/2000/is … index.html

  3. fresnavee profile image53
    fresnaveeposted 7 years ago

    An isotope is an atom that has the same number of protons as another element but has less (or more) neutrons. Having a different number of neutrons changes how other elements form bonds with the isotope.

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    Baileybearposted 7 years ago

    an atom that differs in the number of neutons and therefore mass.  For example, carbon-12 and carbon-14 are 2 isotopes of the element carbon.  carbon-12 is the most abundant isotope, and carbon-14 (which has 2 extra neutrons per atom) is a radioactive isotope that can be measured for purposes of carbon dating.