Subatomic Particles and Elements
Name: Mariana C.
How can their be over 100 types of elements if their are
only 3 types of subatomic particles?
There are many different elements because the composition of various atoms are
not limited to using only one of each of the sub-atomic particles. For
example, an ordinary hydrogen atom consists of a single proton and one
electron; a helium atom consists of two protons, two neutrons and two
electrons; a lithium atom consists of three protons, four neutrons and three
electrons ... and so on all through chemists' catalog of elements -- the
Periodic Table of the Elements.
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Update: June 2012