Question by  dwallain (33)

What are the different kinds of atoms?


Answer by  fellwanderer (146)

Different atoms have different numbers of protons and neutrons. If they have the same number of protons then they are different isotopes of an element. There are different groups of elements, determined by their chemical properties: I alkali metals, II alkali-earth metals, VII halogens, VII noble-gas atoms. There are non-metals, and other metals/metalloids. There are also transition metals, lanthanides, actinides.


Answer by  lonewarrior556 (45)

An atom is composed of 3 subatomic particles; a proton, a neutron, and an electron, in a formation that has protons and neutrons in the center and electrons orbiting the outside. Any combination of those particles forms and atom, different numbers of those subatomic particles make different atoms.


Answer by  Miffy (216)

There are many different types of atom which make up the elements in the periodic table. Each element has a different combination of protons, neutrons and electrons which give its characteristic properties. Elements can be further broken down into isotopes; the number of protons is fixed, but the number of neutrons differs giving different properties.


Answer by  IloveScience (118)

Different kinds of atoms means the two or more substance which have different chemical structure, or made by different elements. For example, oxygen and copernicium.


Answer by  fellwanderer (146)

An atom consists of two "parts": a nucleus (protons and neutrons), and its electrons. Thats a "normal" atom. Exotic atoms can be made from other fundamental particles. Consider hydrogen - 1 proton, 1 electron. The proton can be replaced with a positron. Or the electron can be replaced with a muon or a tauon (heavier versions of the electron)


Answer by  e36 (170)

Atoms are made up of protons, neutrons and electrons, but always have the same number of protons and neutrons. Atoms with different numbers of protons are called different ELEMENTS. Atoms with the same number of protons but different numbers of neutrons are called different ISOTOPES of the same element.

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