How do you calculate the maximum and minimum mass of an element?
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The mass of an element is calculated by taking an average of the abundance of all the isotopes of the corresponding element. For example: Chlorine has a 75% abundance of 35g/mol and 25% abundance of 37g/mol so it would have a relative atomic mass of 35.5g/mol. So in answer to your question the maximum mass would be the largest isotopic mass and the minimum mass would be the smallest isotopic mass.
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