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Subatomic Particles

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You will get to take an up-close look at the structure of the atom and how it was discovered. Explore electron energy levels and learn about nuclear fission while saving a damaged submarine and its crew.

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Now You Know

After completing this tutorial, you will be able to complete the following:

  • Describe the structure of atoms, including the locations, masses, and electrical charges of protons in the nucleus.
  • Describe the structure of atoms, including the locations, masses, and electrical charges of neutrons in the nucleus.
  • Describe the structure of atoms, including the locations, masses, and electrical charges of electrons in the electron cloud.
  • Identify that protons determine an element’s identity.

Everything You'll Have Covered

What is an atom?

~ An atom is the smallest particle into which an element can be divided without losing its properties.

How are protons and neutrons charged, and where are they located in an atom?

~ Protons are positively charged and neutrons have no charge. Protons and neutrons are both located in the atom's nucleus.

How are electrons charged, and where are they located in an atom?

~ Electrons are negatively charged and are found in orbit around the nucleus.

How do protons determine which type of element an atom represents?

~ The number of protons in the nucleus determines which type of element an atom represents.

Tutorial Details

Approximate Time 2 Minutes
Pre-requisite Concepts Students should be able to define the following terms: AMU, atom, and atomic mass unit.
Course Physical Science
Type of Tutorial Animation
Key Vocabulary AMU, atom, atomic mass unit