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What is particle theory?

A model that helps explain the properties of solids, liquids and gases with particles represented as spheres


When do chemical reactions occur?

When different atoms in substances become joined in different ways


What did J.J Thomson’s experiments show?

Atoms contain much smaller subatomic particles called electrons that have a negative charge and hardly any mass


What does the plum pudding model by J.J Thomson show?

An atom made of positively charged material with negatively charged electrons


What did Ernest Rutherfords experiment test?

What would happen if positively charged subatomic particles (alpha particles) passed through gold foil


What did Rutherford’s experiment show?

That most alpha particles passed through the foil but some bounced back disproving the plum pudding model instead suggesting the atoms were mostly empty space with most of their mass in a tiny nucleus with a positive charge and electrons moving around the nucleus


What is the radius of a nucleus and what is the radius of an atom?

Nucleus = 1 x 10 to the power of -15
Atom = 1 x 10 to the power of -10
So the atom is 100,000 times bigger than the nucleus


What is the particles that make the nucleus called?

Nucleons which can be protons or neutrons


What is the relative charge and relative mass of each subatomic particle

Proton - relative charge= +1
Relative mass= 1
Neutron-relative charge= 0
Relative mass= 1
Electron-relative charge= -1
Relative mass= almost 0 (negligible)


What is the atomic number?

Number of protons in an atom


What is the mass number?

The number of neutrons and protons in an atom. The number of neutrons can vary


What gives the nucleus it’s positive charge?

The protons as neutrons have no charge


Why are atoms always neutral

As protons = electrons


What is an isotope?

Two atoms of the same element with the same atomic number but a different mass number. They are atoms of the same element with different numbers of neutrons


Give an example of an isotope

Carbon can occur naturally as carbon -12 carbon -13 or carbon -14 but all still have an atomic number of 6 as the number of neutrons has changed


What can electrons in an atom only exist in?

Electron shells where each is at a different level


Why do neon atoms absorb energy transferred by electricity?

As the electrons jump to higher shells and fall back down again when they emit energy as electromagnetic radiation


What is an emission spectrum?

A spectrum of electromagnetic radiation emitted by a source where each colour is a different wavelength of light


What is significant about gases in terms of energy?

They can absorb energy transferred by em radiation like visible light


How did Niels Bohr amend Rutherford’s model?

By suggesting that electrons can only be in certain electron shells around the nucleus and can’t part way between two orbits


What happens when an atom gains so much energy?

One or more of its electrons can escape from the atom altogether making the atom an ion


What is ionising radiation?

Radiation that causes electrons to escape


What is background radiation?

Ionising radiation at a low level from space and naturally radioactive substances in the environment


What is radon gas produced by?

Rocks that contain small amounts of uranium


Give some sources of background radiation

Air, foods and building materials


How can radioactivity be detected?

Through photographic film which darkens as more radiation reaches it. It has to be developed to measure the dose


What are dosimeters?

Film badges people who work with radiation wear to check their exposure


What are the ways radiation can be measured?

Using a dosimeter and a Geiger muller tube


What is a Geiger muller tube?

Where radiation passes through the tube and ionises the gad inside it and allows a short pulse of current to flow. It can be connected to a counter, to count the pulses of current


What is the count rate of the GM tube?

The count rate is the number of clicks per second