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Hi could anyone help me with this question: Explain, if any, the difference in reactivity between the 3 carbon isotopes? Tip: ask yourself ‘do they all react with oxygen to produce carbon dioxide or only some?’. Give a reason for your answer.
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Hi could anyone help me with this question: Explain, if any, the difference in reactivity between the 3 carbon isotopes? Tip: ask yourself ‘do they all react with oxygen to produce carbon dioxide or only some?’. Give a reason for your answer.
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What has your research found out, so far?
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What has your research found out, so far?
That there are three isotopes of carbon: Carbon-12, Carbon-13 and Carbon-14. Carbon 12 and 13 are stable but carbon 14 is unstable and can therefore decay and become radioactive. That doesn't really have much to do with the question though and I can't find anything relating to the 'tip'. Ive tried a few videos but it hasn't really helped so I figured I'd ask someone here and hopefully someone who has already started A level chemistry would know the answer or at least be able to help a little.
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Isotopes of atoms should have the same reactivity as they have the same number of electrons, electrons are only involved in reactions. They only differ in the number of neutrons.
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I would think it has a lot to do with the question - when something is short-lived such as Carbon-14 then it has very little chance to react with other elements as it will decay into other elements. So you’re very unlikely to get 14-CO2. Can’t think of anything else at the moment, but there may be other things.
The average atom of C14 lasts about 5700 years before it decays.

I wouldn't exactly call that "short-lived". I suspect that 5700 years might be long enough for it to turn into CO2.
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