Why do isotopes have different physical properties?

Answer:

The term isotope mainly corresponds to the variation in the atomic mass or weight of an element. It may also refer to variations of a single element that have the same number of protons but vary in the number of neutrons in the atom.

  • Isotopes of an element have different physical properties because they have different mass numbers.
  • Chemical properties of different isotopes are almost similar.
  • When it comes to physical properties of isotopes including mass, melting or boiling point, density, and freezing point, they are all different.
  • The physical properties of any isotope are largely determined by its mass. We may differentiate one isotope from another by understanding the differences.

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