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Old 09-23-2006, 06:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Converting Daltons to g/mol

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I know Daltons are a measure of molecular weight. So, if I have 180 kDa with is 180000 Daltons, and I want to convert this to g/mol, how do I do this ?
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Old 09-23-2006, 07:37 AM   #2 (permalink)
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One Dalton is one AMU (atomic Mass Unit).

One AMU is 1/12th of the weight of a Carbon 12 Atom.

One Mole is the molecular weight expressed as grammes - so a mole of Carbon 12 is BY DEFINITION exactly 12 grammes.

The number of atoms in a mole is equal to Avogadro's number (6.023 x 10^23)

If you think about these facts using Carbon 12 as an example, you see that it has a mass of 12 Daltons, and also weighs 12g/mol.

The simple answer is, to convert from Daltons to g/mol, MULTIPLY BY ONE.

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Old 09-23-2006, 08:16 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thank you....
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Old 04-15-2008, 10:59 PM   #4 (permalink)
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heh

That was ridiculously thorough. Show off :-P
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Old 04-16-2008, 09:38 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Erm - it was almost two years ago too!

But thanks - I guess the brace of Chemistry degrees helped.
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Old 04-16-2008, 01:44 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Haha, old topics rule, but since it is back. Is there a reason for distinguishing between Daltons and g/mol? Can they be used interchangeably, or is there connotation differences beyond the math equality?
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Old 04-16-2008, 10:50 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I think it's basically an SI units thing.

Daltons were named after the scientist, but as they are a derived unit, the SI dictated that they ought to be written as g/mol (which are both real measurables).
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Old 04-23-2008, 08:40 PM   #8 (permalink)
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ridiculously thorough, but very handy. i'm doing honours in biomed science and we were trying to work out the diference while ordering supplies.

this helped a lot

thanks daniel_ :-)

i also found a page from some years ago discussing the pros and cons of making the dalton an SI unit

and ps. thanks for introducing me to this forum through finding this topic in google

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