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Well...let me explain!
So, what exactly is an isotope?
They are atoms that are of the same element that has the same number of protons, but doesn't have the same number of neutrons.
Neutrons tend to effect the atomic mass, which is the mass of an atom.
Since there can be different amounts of neutrons, the atom can actually become unstable and can even cause radioactive decay.
Actually, the atomic mass is affected by the number of neutrons in the atoms nucleus. It also cannot change the element either.
Unstable isotopes do decay into other elements when they have too much or few neutrons, and can be called radioisotopes.
Fun fact, there are 2,000 different isotopes that have been discovered, but only 279 are stable! :D
Of course, stable ones can't decay, but can hold together. So, remember isotopes are of the same element, can have different atomic masses, and can have different number of neutrons in the nuclei.
Woah, it actually makes sense when you put it that way! Thank You :)
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