What Is an Atom

What Is an Atom - species that are not typically considered...

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What Is an Atom? The building blocks of matter are called atoms. Yet you may be wondering what,  exactly, is an atom? Here's a look at what an atom is and some examples of  atoms. Answer:  An  atom  is the basic unit of an element. An atom is a form of matter  which may not be further broken down using any chemical means. A typical atom  consists of protons, neutrons and electrons. Examples of Atoms Any element listed on the   periodic table   consists of atoms. Hydrogen, helium,  oxygen and uranium are examples of types of atoms. What Are  Not  Atoms? Some matter is either smaller or larger than an atom. Examples of chemical 
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Unformatted text preview: species that are not typically considered atoms includes particles that are components of atoms: protons, neutrons and electrons. Molecules and compounds consists of atoms but are not themselves atoms. Examples of molecules and compounds include salt (NaCl), water (H2O) and ethanol (CH2OH). Electrically charged atoms are called ions. They are still types of atoms. Monoatomic ions include H+ and O2-. There are also molecular ions, which are not atoms (e.g., ozone, O3-)....
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This note was uploaded on 11/18/2011 for the course CHEM ch 101 taught by Professor - during the Fall '10 term at Montgomery.

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