Definition:Mole/Historical Note

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Historical Note on Mole

The definition of the mole was adopted in November $2018$ as one of the seven SI base units.

The previous definition was the number of atoms in $12$ grams of carbon-$12$.


The original definition was as the mass in grams of a substance equal to its molecular weight, with atoms of hydrogen taken to be $1$.

The definition evolved, via a definition based upon oxygen-$16$, to the carbon-$12$ definition, which was the standard until $2018$.


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