The progress of the atomic structure

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The progress of the atomic structure

Its name comes from a Greek word that means 'a whole', 'a unit', 'something that cannot be broken'. Of course, scientists have now actually managed to separate atoms into their components, but they are still the smallest units that make up chemical elements.

An atom is made up of a nucleus and electrons that surround it. The nucleus carries a positive charge and the electrons a negative charge.

The progress of the atomic structure

The positive charge of the nucleus is carried only by its protons, whereas neutrons that also make up the nucleus carry no charge they are neutral. You can see how atoms are represented in diagram form below.

In reality, they are a bit more complicated! You can draw the electrons as dots or crosses. Each atom has an atomic number and this is written next to the symbol of the corresponding element in the periodic table. Yes, you guessed right: The atomic number is the number of protons in the nucleus.

Atomic model

The number of protons is the same as the number of electrons. Atoms also have a mass number. This is the total number of protons and neutrons. The particles of an atom also have a mass, but because it is tiny we call it relative mass, so protons and neutrons have a relative mass of 1 no unit! Some atoms of the same element have the same atomic number, but a different mass number due to the different number of neutrons.

These are called isotopes. Electrons are arranged around the nucleus in shells different energy levels shown in the diagram above.

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Suppose the atom shown is Lithium. We would write it as Li 2,1. This means the Lithium atom has 2 electrons on the first shell inner shell, near the nucleus and one on the outer shell.

The first shell can have a maximum of 2 electrons, the second 8, the third 8 and the fourth 2. The properties of the different elements depend on the number of protons and electrons they have.

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progress was made.

The work done in the nineteenth century by John Dalton (–), a schoolteacher in England, marks the beginning of the development of modern atomic theory. Dalton revived and revised Democritus’s ideas based on the results of scientific research he conducted.

In many ways, Democritus’s and Dalton’s ideas are similar. A complex atomic structure, the so-called LAMM phase, owes to the distribution of the cations assumed uniform in these studies.

The structure has an O anion sub-lattice identical to that in the Fe 3 O 4 and γ-Fe 2 O 3 spinel structures however with cation sites that are differently occupied [ Fig. 12 ]. Perhaps most notably, Rosalind Franklin used X-ray crystallography to help uncover the structure of the key molecule of life: DNA.

In , Franklin, like James Watson and Francis Crick, was working on the structure of DNA — but from a different angle.

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