We have to determine which of the ions (Cl+ or Cl2+) would be deflected more by the electric and magnetic fields inside a mass spectrometer.
A mass spectrometer is an instrument that can be used to determine the molecular weight of a compound.
A mass spectrometer involves three primary functions:
1) The vaporization of your unknown compound M into gas M.
2) The ionization of gas M into the molecular ion or radical cation.
3) The detection of all gas ion fragments.
To measure the mass spectrum of an atom, the atom must first lose one or more electrons. Which would you expect to be deflected more by the same setting of the electric and magnetic fields, a Cl+ or a Cl2+ ion?
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