Problem: Consider the mass spectrometer show below.Determine whether each of the following statements is true or false.The height of each peak in the mass spectrum is directly proportional to the relative abundance of the isotope.

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We’re being asked to determine if the following statement is true:

The height of each peak in the mass spectrum is directly proportional to the relative abundance of the isotope


Mass Spectrometry allows you to determine the molecular weight of an unknown compound through its vaporization and ionization. A mass spectrometer is used to determine the mass to charge ratio of an unknown compound.


Given: The height of each peak in the mass spectrum is directly proportional to the relative abundance of the isotope.

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Consider the mass spectrometer show below.

A diagram shows a tube with a portion between magnets N and S. A sample enters the tube at one end and passes through the ionization stage and heated filament behind which is a connecting tube leading to a vacuum pump. The sample then passes through an accelerating grid with electrical charges; the beam of positive ions then passes through the magnetic field between the magnets, which causes separation of ions based on mass differences occurs. 37Cl+ and 35Cl- diverge and pass through a slit to reach a detector.

Determine whether each of the following statements is true or false.

The height of each peak in the mass spectrum is directly proportional to the relative abundance of the isotope.

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