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					                              “Beadium” Lab—Beads as Isotopes

Name: __________________________________________ Period: _________

Introduction: In this lab, you will pretend that two different colors of beads represent the
isotopes of the element “beadium”. The green beads are the heavy isotope and the pink beads
are the lighter isotope. The task will be to determine the percentage of each isotope in a mixture
of isotopes without counting them.

Materials:     pink and green beads
               Balance
               Weighing tray

Procedures:

   1. Obtain exactly 10 green beads. Weigh them and record the mass. Calculate the mass of
      a single green bead.

   2. Obtain exactly 10 pink beads. Weigh them and record the mass. Calculate the average
      mass of a single pink bead.

   3. Prepare a mixture of exactly 100 beads to give to another group. You may make any
      combination you like (ex: 66 green and 34 pink). Do NOT tell them how many of each
      color! Another group will make a mixture for you.

   4. When you receive a mixture from another group, weigh the entire mixture. Do NOT sort
      them by color or count them! Calculate the average mass of a single bead in the mixture.

   5. Using the equation for average atomic mass, calculate the number of each color of bead
      in the mixture that the other group gives you. Afterwards, check with the group that gave
      you the beads or just count them yourselves.

Required Participation: Behave appropriately in lab, conduct the experiments as
instructed, and clean up. You must fill out the data table and get my initials.

This lab write-up is a menu option worth 20 points—you must get initials, fill out the data table,
do the calculations, and answer the post-lab questions.

My initials (1 pt): ___________
                               Data Table (4 pts)—Required!
                                     Your own beads                          Beads you receive
                                                                            from another group
      Quantity                   Green                     Pink                  Mixture
     Total Mass

 Number of beads                   10                        10                      100
 Average mass of a
    single bead
                        Calculations (8 pts)—you MUST show work!

   1. Calculate the fraction of green beads (X) in the mixture using the following:

   Mmix = Mgreen (X) + Mpink (1-X)          where

   Mmix = the average mass of a single bead in the mixture
   Mgreen = the average mass of a single green bead
   Mpink = the average mass of a single pink bead
   X = the fraction of green beads in the mixture
   1-X = the fraction of pink beads in the mixture




   2. What is the percentage of green beads in the mixture?




   3. What is the percentage of pink beads in the mixture?




                                  Post-Lab Questions (7 pts)

You may use your notes and packet to help answer these questions, but you MUST work by
yourself! Do not copy anyone else’s words and don’t let anyone copy yours!

Answer in complete sentences!

   1. How are the two isotopes (green and pink) of beadium alike?

      ________________________________________________________________________

      How are they different?

      ________________________________________________________________________

   2. Look at the data table; is the average mass of a bead in the mixture closer to the mass of a

      pink bead or closer to the mass of a green bead?
   ________________________________________________________________________

   Explain what that indicates about the relative number of pink and green beads in the

   mixture.

   ________________________________________________________________________

   ________________________________________________________________________

3. You had exactly 100 beads in your mixture. Therefore, if you had 54% green that would

   mean you had 54 green beads. Did you get a whole number for a percent? Did you get

   the right answer? If no for either question, give at least one reason why not.

   ________________________________________________________________________

   ________________________________________________________________________

Use the periodic table for questions 4 & 5:

4. The element copper is made up of two isotopes: copper-63 and copper-65.

       a. Copper-63 has:         how many protons? _______              neutrons? ________

       b. Copper-65 has:         how many protons? _______              neutrons? ________

5. Get the average atomic mass of copper from the periodic table: ___________________

Why is the average not 64? What does the average indicate about the amount of copper-63

and copper-65?

___________________________________________________________________________

				
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