Mass spectrometry in organic chamistry

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In the mass spectrometry, is the molecule only being broken once or is the fragments going to futher break down into smaller pieces?

Because when i was doing past paper questions on mass spectrometry, my teacher told us that the molecule would only be broken down once, but on my textbook, they said the fragments can be broken down into even smaller onces. So, i was wondering if the case is different when i'm doing the questions or ...?

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In the mass spectrometry, is the molecule only being broken once or is the fragments going to futher break down into smaller pieces?

Because when i was doing past paper questions on mass spectrometry, my teacher told us that the molecule would only be broken down once, but on my textbook, they said the fragments can be broken down into even smaller onces. So, i was wondering if the case is different when i'm doing the questions or ...?

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the molecules break down further, provided its possible, that is, when there are bonds in the fragments which can break..
Its just that the likelihood that the fragments break down to form even smaller fragments is lower, also why the intensity(the % abundance) of the peaks in the mass spectrometer for the smaller fragments are lower.
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the molecules break down further, provided its possible, that is, when there are bonds in the fragments which can break..
Its just that the likelihood that the fragments break down to form even smaller fragments is lower, also why the intensity(the % abundance) of the peaks in the mass spectrometer for the smaller fragments are lower.
I see
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I see
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