I decided to write about this because I learned this in science class. Maybe someone else might want to know what an atom is so here you go. (this is all in my own words)
Atoms make up matter. And matter is anything from the shoes you wear to the trees you climb. Atoms consist of Protons, Neutrons, and electrons.
Neutrons- neutral charge(none)
Protons and neutrons stay in the middle. (the nucleus) While electrons stay on the outside of the nucleus. Electrons are a lot smaller than protons and neutrons.
Here is a model I drew of an atom to give you a better perspective so you know what it looks like…
This is a model of an oxygen atom. It has 8 protons, 8 neutrons, and 8 electrons. On the first ring around the nucleus, there can only be 2 electrons. Then once you get to the second you can have 8. All the rings after the first one can have 8.
The electrons move at a rapid pace around the nucleus.
The more valence electrons you have, the more stable the element is. This rule doesn’t apply to hydrogen though. Hydrogen only has 2 electrons but is still stable.
There you have it, that is what an atom is and if you want to know more about this then comment below. Also, comment a question so I might be able to answer with a detailed post.
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