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Smallest particle still characterizing a chemical element. It consists of a small nucleus charged positively, carrying almost all of the atom's mass, with electrons surrounding it. This tag should be applied to questions that specifically concern atoms or their properties. For the charged particles, please use [ions] instead. If your question is specifically about [protons], [neutrons], or [electrons], use those tags instead.

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What do '+ve' and '-ve' mean, concerning protons and electrons? (e.g., plutonium has 94 protons +ve, 94 electrons -ve)

From Arvin Ash on YouTube, 'How quantum mechanics and the Schrödinger Equation explain atomic orbitals, 2, 8, 18, 32'. What, exactly, does ve stand for?
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Why are the relative masses of isotopes not close to whole numbers?

Understandably, the relative atomic masses of isotopes are often not close to whole numbers as they're adjusted for isotope abudandancy eg. $A_r(Cl)\approx35.45$. However, wouldn't one expect the ...
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Can an atom bond with any other atom?

I am designing a game for students which has a sandbox for atoms to create molecules like building blocks. I have the valance of each atom mapped and they can bond with other atoms based on their ...
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What happens inside the orbital when energy provided to electron is not sufficient for it to change orbitals? [closed]

While studying the chapter called Atomic Structure, we were introduced with Bohr's model of an Atom. Even though not all of his postulates were right, I believe some were. A doubt arose in the ...
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What are the Ionic Properties of Co-ordinate Covalent Bonds? [closed]

In my 10th grade book, it says that A coordinate bond has properties of both covalent and ionic bonds. Therefore, it is also called dative or co-ionic bonds. I understand that it has properties of ...
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Shielding effect is not constant across a period [closed]

Shielding effect stays constant across a period because number of inner electrons stays the same. Well, that's not true. It only works for the period =1,2,3 but in period 4, the number of inner ...
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Which atom is the smallest atom?

Is hydrogen or helium the smallest atom? My teacher said that the smallest atom is the helium atom, but I think that the smallest atom is the hydrogen atom. It has a single electron and a single ...
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A better understanding of the screening effect and how it works?

What I am taught- Inner shell electrons shield the outermost electrons from the attraction of nucleus. More closer the inner shell is to the nucleus, more its shielding effect. thus $n_s > n_p > ...
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Can Rydberg constant be in joules?

In my textbook (Chemistry Part - I for Class XI published by NCERT), there is an equation for the energy of an electron in an energy state: $$E_n = -R_\mathrm H\left(\frac{1}{n^2}\right)$$ and there ...
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How does de Broglie actually prove Bohr's postulates?

We know Bohr said that the angular momentum of an electron is an integral multiple of $nh/(2π).$ And in de Broglie's wave equation, he said the circumference of the path of the electron traveling as a ...
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Why is sulphur not written as S8 here [duplicate]

I learnt that sulfur dioxide and hydrogen sulphide react to form sulfur and water. The reaction given was: $\ce{SO2 + 2 H2S -> 2 H2O + 3S}$ So why is the product sulfur written as $\ce{S}$ and not ...
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The necessary energy required to ionize 1g of potasium in its fundamental state if the ionization energy is given

The energy of ionization of the potassium is $\pu{6.94\cdot 10^{-19} J/atom}.$ Find the necessary energy to ionize $\pu{1 g}$ of potasium that is found on its fundamental state. Attempt. I really ...
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What is "gram atom of an element"? [duplicate]

I've seen so many answers on Quora that got me lost : 1st answer : The three are similar. Gram atom.... Take the atomic mass of an element and express it in grams (sodium for example atomic mass is 22....
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The definition of formal Charge

Ok, most people including me know that formal charge is just a book-keeping tool. I know how to calculate it, apply it to Lewis structures etc etc. But I am confused in its very basic definition which ...
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Comparing average radius of subshells for multielectron atoms

I recently came across a question comparing the average radius of subshells. A search on the internet gave the following result for single electron atoms: $$\langle r\rangle_{n,\,l}=\frac{a_0 n^2 \...
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How many atoms are there in single element? [closed]

Elements are chemical substances made up of the same types of atoms (atoms with the same proton number), whereas molecules are chemical compounds made up of atoms from two or more different elements. ...
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Why does increasing subshell cause ionization energy to decrease?

I know that increasing subshell decreases ionization energy; for example, going from Beryllium to Boron. I do not understand why this is. The answer my textbook (Chemistry 2e on OpenStax) gives is ...
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Is it possible to have a diatomic molecule of sodium in gaseous state?

Already I know that hydrogen, all the halogens, nitrogen and oxygen forms diatomic molecules. But I am confused about $\ce{Na}$? So I would like to know about that.
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respective posistion of d and p orbitals in a multielectronic species

we write the electronic configuration of atoms as [noble gas core]4s2 3d10.that is that due to energy considerations(aufbau principle) in multielectronic species. what i want to know is whether the 4s ...
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Lother Mayer curve

While studying about atomic trends, I encountered the Lothar Meyer curve: Similar graph found on internet If the covalent radius decreases across a period, why is the graph of atomic volume ...
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The last element's atomic number

I was just thinking what can be the last atomic number that can exist within the range of permissible radioactivity limit and considering all other factors in quantum physics and chemical factors.
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The ambiguity regarding aufbau principle

According to a Blog https://ericscerri.blogspot.com/2012/06/trouble-with-using-aufbau-to-find.html written by Dr.Eric Scerri, On moving from the $\ce{Sc^3+}$ ion to that of $\ce{Sc^2+}$ it is plain ...
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How to derive the number of spectral lines?

Recently, I found that when electrons in an atomic sample de-excite from a higher energy level ($n_2$) to a lower energy level ($n_1$), the number of spectral lines observed in the spectrum is $$\frac{...
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Is atomic weight universal?

Are we advanced enough to calculate the abundance of an element throughout the universe or is our atomic weight only based on the occurrence of an element in our planet alone?
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Does the Atomic Mass listed for each element on the periodic table reflect the relative abundances of their isotopes on Earth? Or in the Universe? [duplicate]

Somehow, I cannot find a site or book or paper explaining exactly how the average atomic masses for the elements on the periodic table are weighted.... I posted a question either here or on Physics S....
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How is the molar weight of C-12 equal to 12 gram ? Why is "g" not considered while calculating molar weight? [closed]

So, I was just pretty confused about how we simply multiply the "mass" of total nucleons in Carbon by the Avogadro Constant, to get the molar "weight" as 12 grams, shouldn't it be ...
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How is most probable radius in quantum mechanical model equal to Bohr's radius in hydrogen atom

Most probable radius in 1s orbital for hydrogen electron is $\pu{0.529E-10 m}$ which is Bohr radius. But energy of electron in hydrogen atom is proportional to mean radial distance in atom. In this ...
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Transition from ground state to excited state

I don't understand how to correctly find the term symbol of an excited state. I know that the first two permitted transitions for the Ne atom are 16.8eV and 19.8eV and I want to find the electronic ...
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what does it mean to say oxygen in a given context?

My textbook "chemistry by Julia" says the following When it comes to expressing the molar mass of elements such as oxygen and hydrogen, we have to be careful to specify what form of the ...
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What would happen if the alpha particles directly hit the electrons in the gold foil in Rutherford's experiment? [closed]

What would happen if the alpha particles directly hit the electrons in the gold foil in Rutherford's experiment? Would it get ionized or is there no probability of such a thing happening ?
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Are orbitals always filled in from closest to nucleus to farthest away?

In which orbital, 4f or 6s, would an electron have a greater likelihood of being near the nucleus. I figured that the 6s would be closest, since it is filled in first when using the Aufbau principle. ...
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Periodic Trends of Zeff and Electronegativity

The effective nuclear charge $Z_\mathrm{eff}$ increases from left to right and from top to bottom. Can you explain why it increases from top to bottom? Also can we explain the periodic trend of ...
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Find the amount of atoms for a given mass

The atomic mass of two elements A and B is 40 and 80 respectively. If x g of A contains y atoms, how many atoms are present in 2x g of B? I have tried to solve by assuming that x g of A has y atoms ...
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Why are electrons filled in fourth shell before the third shell is filled?

I am a beginner and am learning about atomic structure and I am getting confusions regarding the aufbau principle. It is said that the electrons will be filled first in lowest available energy level. ...
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Are the rules proposed by Slater for the calculation of effective Z right?

Today I studied Slater's rules for calculating the effective nuclear charge. One particular line, "The shielding power of the d and f orbital is lesser in comparison to the p and s orbitals",...
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Why should the redox reaction happen between the copper ions and iron atoms?

I know that when $\ce{Cu^{2+}}$ ions react to $\ce{Fe}$ atoms, it becomes $\ce{Cu}$ + $\ce{Fe^{2+}}$. My question is, why? Copper atoms normally have 29 electrons. This means that in the K-shell there ...
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If an atom had 200 protons, how much neutrons would it need to have to be most likely stable and why?

I know there is a specific proton/neutron ratio but i'm unaware if it applies to atoms with 86 protons and beyond.
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Why are atoms with eight electrons in the outer shell extremely stable?

Atoms that have eight electrons in their outer shell are extremely stable. It can't be because both the $s$ and the $p$ orbitals are full, because then an atom with 13 or 18 valence electrons would be ...
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Why is atomic mass unit/unified atomic mass defined against Carbon 12?

I have searched the web all over this question and I have not really found an answer to my satisfaction. From my understanding of the topic so far, I understand that reason why concept of unified ...
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If the reactivity of group 1 elements increases down the group, why is this not the case for halogens? [closed]

I was wondering, as you go down a group, the atoms get bigger... This means that the electrons in the outer shell are further away from the nucleus, and so the attraction decreases and it is easier ...
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When is the n+l rule followed when working with energy of different orbitals?

While going through my book, I came across a problem which gave some options about the order of energy of 3s, 3p and 3d orbitals of hydrogen atom. The correct answer was given as: 3s, 3p and 3d ...
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How to find the number of hydrogen atoms in 0.5 mol of hydrogen gas?

How do I calculate the number of hydrogen atoms in $\pu{0.5 mol}$ of hydrogen gas? I presume the answer would probably somehow use the equation $$n = \frac{m}{M},$$ where $n$ is the amount of ...
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D block elements electronic configuration

We have found the electronic configuration of d block elements.As we move from left to right in the periodic table the energy of the 3d subshell is decreased and it becomes smaller than the energy of ...
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Atoms vs molecule when talking about the avogadro's number? [duplicate]

By far, my understanding is that a molecule is made up of atoms bonded together. For example, a molecule of water ($\ce{H2O}$) has 2 hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom. However, when it comes to ...
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How to calculate the number of atoms of each element in a urea?

I have a stoichiometry question which I answered incorrectly and I am not sure where I went wrong. The question is as follows: Urea, $\ce{(NH2)2CO}$, is used for fertilizer and many other things. ...
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Why electrons do not distribute evenly among the atoms in a molecule? [closed]

I was wondering why the state where electrons are evenly (or the closest to being evenly) distributed among the atoms in a molecule is not the lowest energy state? For example, in a water molecule it ...
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Why is the ionic radius of hydride so large?

The order of ionic radii for halides and hydride is apparently as follows: $$\ce{F-} < \ce{Cl-} < \ce{Br-} < \ce{H-} < \ce{I-}$$ Why is the hydride ion so large, even larger than bromide ...
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Rutherford's Alpha Ray Scattering Experiment & Plum-Pudding Model

My teacher said, "Rutherford thought that all the Alpha particles would directly go through the gold foil without any collision if the plum pudding model was right. Because, as said in plum ...
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Schrodinger's Equation and Wave Function

So I understand that there exists the shrodinger's equation, which on solving,gives the wave function of an electron. The wave function as I understand, gives all possible information about an ...
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Could observer effect cause electrons in one orbital to be found in another?

The observer effect states [1] that when unobserved, absolutely small particles like electrons can simultaneously be in two different states at the same time. If we look at an atom of any element, ...

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