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3: Elements and Compounds

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    There were 2 categories of matter introduced in chapter 2 that we will look at in more detail here: elements and compounds. Elements are made up of atoms and are the building blocks of matter. We need to understand a little bit about atoms in order to understand how the rest of matter works. Section 3.1 details the properties of atoms, including the even smaller particles that they are made up of, and why those particles affect properties of the atom itself. Section 3.2 provides a shortened summary of the ideas introduced in section 3.1. Sections 3.3 through 3.5 discuss some of the different possibilities for compounds. It is important to understand the 2 major types of compounds (ionic and covalent) before learning how to name compounds. The naming of compounds is covered in section 3.6.


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