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  1. #1 A weighty question 
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    Does lead weigh more then wood because its atoms are compacted tighter?


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    Mostly it's because each atom of lead (atomic weight 207.2) weighs a lot more than each atom of carbon (a.w. = 12) and other elements that make up wood.


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    Ahh
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  5. #4 Re: A weighty question 
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sciler
    Does lead weigh more then wood because its atoms are compacted tighter?
    The larger the atom, the way I was taught, means that it blocks ambient radiation more.

    So mathematically, if ambient radiation has less effect coming from the earth, then it does coming towards the earth. And lead blocks ambient radiation more.

    There will be a ratio created between elements. This ratio is how we calculate weight.


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