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carbon 12 13 and 14 are the three isotopes of carbon. All carbon atoms have 6 protons but the number of protons can vary.

The number is the Atomic Mass, or the sum of the protons ans neutrons.

Carbon 12 (the most common) has 6 protons and 6 neutrons.

Carbon 13 has 6 protons an 7 neutrons

Carbon 14 has 6 protons and 8 neutrons and is radioactive.

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