Question: What is a Isotope?

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  1. Hi pnemono,

    Isotopes are variations of a particular element with a differnt number of neutrons than protons in the nucleus.

    For example, carbon has the atomic number of 6, and normally has 6 protons and 6 electrons. However there are other types of carbon, where they have 6 protons but 7 or 8 neutrons, which means they have different atomic weights. In this case they are called carbon 13 (6 protons + 7 neutrons) and carbon 14 (6 protons + 8 neutrons).


  2. I believe the break down is Iso = same and tope = a reference to shape. So its the same element but in a different shape, because of the neutron offset Dustin mentioned.