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Ch 12: Atoms, Elements & Compounds Basics

About This Chapter

Utilize this overview of atoms, elements, and compounds to increase your understanding of the periodic table, chemical symbols, and matter. The lessons in this chapter can help you feel poised and ready to take an exam or engage in a class discussion.

Atoms, Elements & Compounds Basics - Chapter Summary

Included in this chapter on atoms, elements, and compounds is a review of theories presented by Dalton, Thomson, Rutherford, and Millikan. While going through this chapter, you can also review how elements have different personalities. After completing the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Discuss major discoveries in the history of the atom
  • Distinguish between atoms and molecules
  • Explain how elements on a periodic table are organized
  • Identify common elements by their chemical symbol
  • Describe how elements build molecules and compounds
  • Provide details on how chemists use properties to classify matter

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6 Lessons in Chapter 12: Atoms, Elements & Compounds Basics
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Early Atomic Theory: Dalton, Thomson, Rutherford and Millikan

1. Early Atomic Theory: Dalton, Thomson, Rutherford and Millikan

Imagine firing a bullet at a piece of tissue paper and having it bounce back at you! You would probably be just as surprised as Rutherford when he discovered the nucleus. In this lesson, we are going to travel back in time and discuss some of the major discoveries in the history of the atom.

What are Atoms & Molecules? - Definition & Differences

2. What are Atoms & Molecules? - Definition & Differences

There are lots of terms in chemistry that can be easy to mix up: atoms, molecules, compounds, mixtures, and more. In this lesson, we'll go through some of the basics of atoms and molecules, and define all of the important terms you need to know.

The Periodic Table: Properties of Groups and Periods

3. The Periodic Table: Properties of Groups and Periods

How is the periodic table like the map you used on your last road trip? In this lesson, you will be introduced to the periodic table, the road map of chemists. We will discuss how the elements are organized and how you can use this organization to identify some of their major physical properties.

Chemical Symbol: Definition & Examples

4. Chemical Symbol: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn that a chemical symbol is a short-hand way to represent an element and each element on the periodic table has a unique chemical symbol. You'll become familiar with identifying some common elements by their chemical symbol.

How Compounds and Molecules Are Built From Elements

5. How Compounds and Molecules Are Built From Elements

Did you know that elements are somewhat like people and have different personalities? Some elements like to be left alone. Others prefer to hang out with friends. We will discuss how elements build molecules and compounds and how these can be classified.

Matter: Physical and Chemical Properties

6. Matter: Physical and Chemical Properties

How are substances identified? There are two major ways we can describe a substance: physical properties and chemical properties. Learn about how chemists use properties to classify matter as either a mixture or a pure substance.

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