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1. Properties of Atoms. 2. Atomic Structure Goals. SC3 Students will use the modern atomic theory to explain the characteristics of atoms. a. Discriminate between the relative size, charge, and position of protons, neutrons, and electrons in the atom.

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Properties of atoms


Properties of Atoms

Properties of atoms


Atomic Structure Goals

SC3 Students will use the modern atomic theory to explain the characteristics of atoms.

a. Discriminate between the relative size, charge, and position of protons, neutrons, and electrons in the atom.

b. Use the orbital configuration of neutral atoms to explain its effect on the atom’s chemical properties.

c. Explain the relationship of the proton number to the element’s identity.

d. Explain the relationship of isotopes to the relative abundance of atoms of a particular element.

e. Relate light emission and the movement of electrons to element identification.

Properties of atoms


This will be our FOCUS






What is an element


What is an Element?

  • One of the ~116 known “Pure”, un-cutable substances….that still retain the properties of that substance.

What is an atom



What is an Atom?

  • Smallest piece of matter that still retains the properties of that matter.

  • What are they composed of?



Bohr Model- electrons are found only in specific circular paths, or orbits, around the nucleus.

Electron Cloud Model: Probable locations of electrons.


Quantum Mechanical Model: Mathematical model describing the behavior of electrons and energy of electrons in various locations around the nucleus.

Subatomic particles

Atomic Structure


Subatomic Particles

  • Protons

  • Neutrons

  • Electrons


Properties of atoms

Atomic Structure


Properties of atoms


What makes one element different from another element?

Number of protons.

Atomic Structure

Rutherford s gold foil experiment led to the discovery of a positive nucleus

Atomic Structure


Rutherford’s Gold Foil experiment led to the discovery of a positive nucleus.


Atomic Structure



  • Positive Charge

  • The number of protons determines which element it is.

  • All elements have different numbers of protons

  • 1 amu

  • Composed of quarks


Atomic Structure


  • Neural charge

  • Located in the nucleus

  • 1 amu

  • Composed of quarks

Properties of atoms

Atomic Structure



  • Smallest subatomic particle.

  • 1/1800 the mass of a proton.

  • Orbit nucleus.

  • Negative Charge

Properties of atoms

Atomic Structure


  • Electrons are found in different levels around the nucleus.

  • These are called Energy Levels or shells.

  • Each energy level also has “sublevels” or orbitals

Properties of atoms

Atomic Structure


Properties of atoms

Atomic Structure



Electrons are found in the

Electron cloud

surrounding the nucleus.

Properties of atoms

Atomic Structure


Each Energy Level Can Hold A Certain Number of Electrons!

Only TWO on the first level!

Properties of atoms

Atomic Structure



Different atoms have different numbers of electrons!

Each Energy Level Can Hold A Certain Numbers of Electrons!

Eight on the 2nd


Properties of atoms

Atomic Structure


Properties of atoms

Atomic Structure

Properties of atoms

Atomic Structure




  • Atomic Number

  • Number of Protons

  • Atomic Mass

  • Sum of Protons & Neutrons


The # of Protons determines the identity of an element. All elements have different number of protons.

How can i find out how many electrons an atom has


How can I find out how many electrons an atom has?

  • Atom= neutral

  • So, the number of protons = electrons.

  • Atomic number tells you the number of protons.................

  • So, it also tells you the number of electrons!

Atomic Structure

Properties of atoms

  • Practice with a friend…………

Quantum mechanical model

Quantum Mechanical Model

  • Based on quantum theory, which says matter also has properties associated with waves.

  • According to quantum theory, it’s impossible to know the exact position and momentum of an electron at the same time. This is known as the Uncertainty Principle.

  • This model of the atom uses complex shapes of orbitals(sometimes called electron clouds)

    • Orbitals: volumes of space in which there is likely to be an electron.

      So, this model is based on probability rather than certainty.

Atomic orbitals

Atomic Orbitals

  • An atomic orbital is a region of space in which there is a high probability of finding an electron.

  • Energy levels of electrons are labeld by principal quantum numbers (n).

  • Each energy sublevel corresponds to an orbital of a different shape, which describes where the electron is likely to be found.

  • Different orbitals have different shapes.

Quantum numbers n l m s


Quantum Numbersn, l, m, s

  • Describing electron locations

  • 4 quantum number.

  • 1st-Principle Quantum # = n

    • Which energy level the e- is in.

    • n= 1-7 (there are only 7 energy levels)

  • Max # formula= 2n2

  • the larger the value of n, the farther away from the nucleus and the higher the energy of the electron.

Properties of atoms

2nd quantum number= l

  • Describes the shape (orbital)

  • Shapes: s, p, d, f

  • Each shape “sublevel” can only have 2 electrons.

  • Max electrons in each sublevel:

    • s=(1x2)2, p=(3x2)6, d=(5x2)10, f=(7x2)14

# of sublevels

Properties of atoms

s & p

S 1 p 3 d 5

S (1),p (3), d (5)

# of sublevels (shapes)

Properties of atoms

F (7)

Properties of atoms

  • 3rd quantum number= m

    • Describes orientation in space

    • x, y, z

  • 4th quantum number= s

    • Describes the spin of the e in the orbital

    • Clock or counterclock

Properties of atoms

  • Brain Break

  • Clip

Properties of atoms


Orbital Filling Diagrams (3 rules)

  • Aufbau Principle: e- occupy orbitals of the lowest energy first.

p.133 text

Orbital filling diagrams


Orbital Filling Diagrams

  • Hund’s Rule: one electron in each orbital, then electrons pair up with opposite spins.

  • Pauli Exclusion Principal: An orbital may have no more than 2 electrons. 2 e- cannot have the same spin in the same orbital.

Properties of atoms


  • Practice:

  • H, C, Na, S, Ar, K.

Blocks and sublevels

  • We can use the periodic table to predict which sublevel is being filled by a particular element.

Blocks and Sublevels

Electron configuration notation


Electron Configuration Notation

Practice write the electron configuration notation

Practice: Write the electron configuration notation.

NameAtomic NumberElectron Configuration

  • Oxygen81s2 2s22p4

  • Aluminum131s2 2s22p63s23p1

  • Chlorine171s2 2s22p63s23p5


Properties of atoms


Electrons and light emission


Electrons and Light Emission

  • When atoms absorb energy, electrons move into higher energy levels (excited state).

  • When the return to their ground state, the lose energy by emitting light.

  • The light emitted is a mixture of a specific frequencies.

Properties of atoms


  • A quantum of energy is the amount of energy required to move an electron from on energy level to another energy level.

  • The higher the ground state, the less energy it take to move to a higher energy level.

Electrons light emission

Electrons & Light Emission

  • Each frequency is a different color.

  • When the frequencies are passed through a prism, the colors are separated & an atomic emission spectrum is created for that element.


  • Larger “jump”- more energy-more towards the blue side

  • Smaller “jump”- less energy-more towards the red side

Properties of atoms


  • The flame test is used to visually determine the identity of an unknown metal or metalloid ion based on the characteristic color the salt turns the flame of a bunsen burner

Properties of atoms



Properties of atoms



Isotopes are atoms that have the same number of protons and differonly in the number of neutrons.

Most isotopes are stable but radioactive isotopes are unstable and break down into more stable forms byemitting particles and energy (radiation).

Radiation can be detected, so radioactive isotopes are useful as labels in scientific research and medical diagnostic procedures.

Properties of atoms


Properties of atoms



Let’s Do some practice problems 

Properties of atoms


Properties of atoms


  • How do you find this number?

Calculating average atomic mass



Calculating Average Atomic Mass

  • Percent(%) abundance of isotopes

  • Weighted average= Mass of each isotope x % abundance of that element

Atomic mass of magnesium


Atomic Mass of Magnesium

Isotopes Mass of Isotope Abundance

24Mg =24.0 amu 78.70% = ______

25Mg = 25.0 amu 10.13% = ______

26Mg = 26.0 amu 11.17% = ______

Atomic mass (average mass) Mg = 24.3 amu






  • Gallium is a metallic element found in small lasers used in compact disc players. In a sample of gallium, there is 60.2% of gallium-69 (68.9 amu) atoms and 39.8% of gallium-71 (70.9 amu) atoms. What is the avg. atomic mass of gallium?

Properties of atoms



  • A sample of boron consists of 10B (mass 10.0 amu) and 11B (mass 11.0 amu). If the average atomic mass of B is 10.8 amu, what is the % abundance of each boron isotope?

Counting atoms

Counting Atoms

  • The Mole

The mole



The Mole

  • For a given molecule (atom), one mole is a mass (in grams) whose number is equal to the atomic mass of the molecule (atom)

What is the Mole?

A counting number (like a dozen)

Avogadro’s number (NA)

1 mol = 6.02  1023 items

The mole1


The Mole

  • 1 mole of molecules has a mass equal to the molecular weight in grams.

  • A mole of carbon-12 atoms has a mass of just 12 g.

  • How many Atoms is that???

  • 1 mole = 6.022 x 1023 atoms

  • Amedeo Avogadro (1776-1856)

    Avogadro's number

    Molar mass


    Molar Mass

    • Mass of 1 mole of an element or compound.

    • Atomic mass tells the...

      • atomic mass units per atom (amu)

      • grams per mole (g/mol)

        • 1 atom of C = 12.01 amu

        • 1 mol of C = 12.01 g

    • Round to 2 decimal places

    Properties of atoms


    Molar Mass Examples

    • lithium

    • aluminum

    • zinc

    6.94 g/mol

    26.98 g/mol

    65.39 g/mol

    Molar conversion examples


    Molar Conversion Examples

    • How many grams of iron are in 2.25 mol of iron?

    2.25 mol Fe

    55.85 g Fe

    1 mol Fe

    = 126 g Fe

    Molar conversion examples1


    Molar Conversion Examples

    • How many moles of calcium are in 5.0 g of calcium?

    5.0 g Ca

    1 mol Ca

    40.08 g Ca

    = 0.12 mol Ca

    Properties of atoms



    • 1 mole of Na is the number of atoms in 22.9898g

      • 22.9898g is the molar mass

  • 1 mole H2O is the number of molecules in 18.015 g H2O

  • 1 mole H2 is the number of molecules in 2.016 g H2.


  • How many atoms are in 1 mol of H?

  • What is the mass of 1 mol of H?

  • How many atoms are in 2 mole of H?

  • What is the mass of 2 mol of H?

  • 46

    Properties of atoms



    More Practice:

    • Convert 589 g of Au to moles.

    • Convert 344 grams of Fe to moles.

    • What is the mass of 3 moles of KOH?

    Properties of atoms

    Mole Day is October 23rd!

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