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The analysis of the relationships between different physical quantities by identifying their fundamental dimensions (such as length, mass, time, and electric charge) and units of measure (such as miles vs. kilometers, or pounds vs. kilograms vs. grams) and tracking these dimensions as calculations or comparisons are performed.
Chemists generally use the mole as the unit for the number of atoms or molecules of a material. One mole (abbreviated mol) is equal to 6.022×1023 molecular entities (Avogadro's number), and each element has a different molar mass depending on the weight of 6.022×1023 of its atoms (1 mole). The molar mass of any element can be determined by finding the atomic mass of the element on the periodic table. For example, if the atomic mass of sulfer (S) is 32.066 amu, then its molar mass is 32.066 g/mol.
By recognizing the relationship between the molar mass (g/mol), moles (mol), and particles, scientists can use dimensional analysis convert between mass, number of moles and number of atoms very easily.
Converting Between Mass, Number of Moles, and Number of Atoms
How many moles and how many atoms are contained in 10.0 g of nickel?
According to the periodic table, the atomic mass of nickel (Ni) is 58.69 amu, which means that the molar mass of nickel is 58.69 g/mol. Therefore, we can divide 10.0 g of Ni by the molar mass of Ni to find the number of moles present.
Using dimensional analysis, it is possible to determine that:
Source: Boundless. “Converting between Mass and Number of Moles.” Boundless Chemistry. Boundless, 21 Jul. 2015. Retrieved 29 Aug. 2015 from https://www.boundless.com/chemistry/textbooks/boundless-chemistry-textbook/mass-relationships-and-chemical-equations-3/molar-mass-41/converting-between-mass-and-number-of-moles-222-3700/