One twelfth the mass of a carbon 12 atom. Since there are 6 protons and 6 neutrons in the nucleus of a carbon 12 atom, 1 amu is about the mass of one proton or one neutron.
atomic weight (of an element)
The mass of one atom of the element in amu. It is also the mass of one mole of atoms of the element in grams.
Equal to 6.022 × 1023, it is the number of particles in one mole. It is also the number of amu in one gram.
A process in which atoms and molecules interact, resulting in the alteration of their molecular structures.
An atomic bond in which an electron is a resident of the outer electron shell of both atoms involved in the bond.
The property that a particle must have in order to feel the electromagnetic force. It can be positive or negative.
electromagnetic (EM) force
The fundamental force of nature that a particle feels if it has electric charge.
By far the lightest of the 3 particles that make up atoms. They orbit the nucleus and have an electric charge of -1.6 × 10-19 Coulombs.
The tendency of an atom to aquire extra electrons. Elements toward the right side of the periodic table have greater "affinity" for electrons (except for the far right column).
A spherical region centered on the nucleus of an atom in which an electron resides. From the inside out, the orbitals hold respectively 2, 8, 8, 18, 18, 32 electrons.
All atoms with the same number of protons in their nuclei are said to be atoms of the same element.
A chemical reaction that requires an input of energy to drive it.
A chemical reaction in which energy is released to the environment.
A hydrogen atom that's already covalently bonded to another atom can be attracted to a third already bonded atom if that atom has a slightly negative electric charge as a result of its bond.
A bond between atoms in which an electron from one atom leaves and resides in the other shell of the other atom, giving both atoms a net electric charge such that they attract each other and stick together.
Elements can have more than one isotope. Two isotopes of the same element differ in the number of neutrons in each nucleus.
The kind of bond holding atoms together in metals. The bonding electrons are not residents of the outer shells of any atoms, but are free to move amongst the atoms.
One of the two types of particles that make up an atomic nucleus. Its electric charge is zero.
Elements that do not exibit metallic properties. They occupy the upper right portion of the periodic table of elements.
The general name for the particles that make up atomic nuclei. Protons and neutrons are nucleons.
periodic table of elements
A gridlike listing of the known elements that is arranged such that elements within vertical row have similar properties.
One of the two types of particles that make up an atomic nucleus. It has an electric charge of +1.6 × 10-19Coulombs.
screening (of charge
An electron closer to its nucleus than another electron will repel the other electron, countering the effects of one nuclear proton and thus "screening it" from the effects.
The attractive force between nucleons that holds atomic nuclei together.