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Dalton's concept of the indivisibility of atom was completely discredited by a series of experimental evidence obtained by scientists. As a result of extensive studies, it was concluded that atoms are made up of three subatomic particles: electrons, protons, and neutrons.

Sub- atomic particles of atom

The mass of sub-atomic particles is very small. The mass of these particles cannot be expressed in gram. Therefore, their masses are expressed in a different unit called atomic mass unit. This atomic mass unit is written as a. m. u. in short.

Proton and electron both have an electric charge. This charge is measured in a unit called Coulomb in short.

1. Electron

Characteristics of an electron:An electron is a negatively charged particle found in the atom of all the elements. The electron are located outside the nucleus in an atom. The only hydrogen atom contains one electron, all other contain more than one electron.

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Fig: Electron

Mass: The mass of an electron is about 1/1836 the mass of hydrogen atom. The mass of hydrogen atom is 1 a. m. u, hence the relatives mass of an electron = 1/ 1836 a. m. u. The atomic mass is a unit of mass used to express relative atomic masses. It is equal to 9.109 x 10 -31 kg.

Charges: The electron is found to carry 1.602 x 10-19 coulomb of negative charge. This quantity of charge has been shown to be the smallest negative charge carried by any particle. Thus, the charge carried by an electron is taken to be a unit negative charge (-1).

 

2. Proton

Characteristics of a protonA proton is a positively charged particle found in the atoms of all the elements. They are located in the nucleus of an atom. Only hydrogen atoms contain one proton in its nucleus, an atom of all other elements contains more than one proton.

a. A proton is a positively charged particle present in the nucleus of atoms of all elements.

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Fig: Proton of Hydrogen atom

b. Mass: The mass of a proton is practically equal to the mass of the hydrogen atom i. e. 1836 times that of an electron. The relative mass of an element is equal to 1.005757 a. m. u. which is taken to be equal to 1 a. m. u. The absolute mass of a proton is 1.672 x 10 -27kg.

c. Charge: The electron on a proton is equal in magnitude and opposite in sign to that of an electron. The charge carried by a proton is equal to 1.602 x 10-19 coulomb which is taken to be one unit of positive charge (+). Thus, a proton is said to carry a unit positive charge.

 

3. Neutron

Characteristics of neutronsThe neutron is a neutral particle found in the nucleus of an atom. Atoms of all elements contain neutrons except hydrogen atom which does not contain any neutron. Thus, the fundamental particle not present in a hydrogen atom is neutron. A hydrogen atom contains only one proton and one electron.

a. Charge: A neutron carries no charge, i. e. it is a neutral particle.

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Fig: Neutron

b. Mass: The mass of the neutron is nearly equal to that of the proton. Thus, the relative mass of a neutron = 1 a. m. u. and its absolute mass = 1.6 x 10-27kg.

  • The mass of sub-atomic particles is very small.
  • The mass of these particles cannot be expressed in gram.
  • The electrons is a negatively charged particle found in the atom of all the elements.
  • Electrons are located outside the nucleus in an atom.
  • The proton is a positively charged particle found inside the nucleus of atoms of all the elements.
  • The neutron is a neutral particle found in the nucleus of an atom.
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Very Short Questions

The fundamental particle of an atom are: electron, proton and neutron .


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Name of atomic particles Location Relative mass Charge
1 Electron (i) Shell 1/1837 .1
2 Proton (p⁺) Nucleus 1 +1
3 Neutron (n⁰) Nucleus 1 0

Atoms are made up of three sub-atomic particles: protons, electrons and neutrons.

An electron is a negatively charged particle found in the atom of all the elements.

The mass of an electron is about 1/1840 mass of all the hydrogen atoms.

The mass of hydrogen atom is 1 a.m.u.

A proton is a positively charged particle found in the atom of all the elements.

Protons are located in the nucleus of an atom.

A neutron is a neutral particle found in the nucleus of an atom.

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  • Almost the entire mass of an atom is concentrated in the ______ .

    Neutrons
    Protons
    Nucleus
    Electrons
  • The mass of the atom is determined by ______ .

    Electrons
    Neutron and Proton
    Electron and Neutron
    Neutrons
  • The fixed circular paths around the nucleus are called ______ .

    Neuclons
    Orbits
    Mesons
    Orbitals
  • The sum of number of protons and neutrons present in the nucleus of an atom is called ______.

    Atomic weight
    Atomic number
    Atomic mass
    None of these
  • An atom is made of all these things except ______.

    Proton
    Electron
    Nucleus
    Neutron
  • Which one of the following is the negatively charged particle in an atom ______.

    Neutron
    Electron
    Proton
    Neutrino
  • An atom is a neutral particle because ______ .

    Neutron cancel the interaction of proton and neutron.
    Charge of electron and proton cancel each other.
    Proton is inside nucleus and electron is outside.
    Charge of electron, proton and neutron cancel each other.
  • Which of the following lack neutron?

    Helium atom
    Lithium atom
    Boron atom
    Hydrogen atom
  • Which of the following is true for a neutral atom?

    All of the answers are true
    Atomic number = atomic mass no of neutrons
    Atomic number = no of proton = no of electrons
    Atomic number = no of electrons
  • Electrons are arranged outside of the atom called ______ .

    Probability diagram
    Shell
    Electron cloud
    All of the above
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