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MVSAT Dec 2023

Define atomic mass unit

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An atomic mass unit (symbolized AMU or amu) is defined as precisely 1/12 the mass of an atom of carbon -12. 

The carbon -12 (C -12) atom has six protons and six neutrons in its nucleus. The AMU is used to express the relative masses of, and thereby differentiate between, various isotopes of elements.