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Oxygen isotopes
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Many elements such as carbon, nitrogen and oxygen were found to exist in different masses despite having the same number of protons and electrons. The reason behind the mass difference between these elements may refer to the different number of neutrons within their nuclei. Therefore, elements that have the same number of electrons and neutrons but different number of neurons are known as isotopes. The isotopes that exist among elements may have the same chemical properties as they have the same number of electrons and thereby, the type of bonds that they form is the same. However, these isotopes exhibit different physical properties that may include difference in density, mass and the rate of diffusion. Oxygen is one of the most popular element in life as breath, eat and drink oxygen in all of its forms in order to sustain our existence on earth. Furthermore, oxygen makes the largest element in the terrestrial planet. For example, oxygen binds with hydrogen to form water on the earth
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