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What is the difference between an atom and an element

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1. An element is a primary substance that cannot be further simplified, and consists of smaller particles called atoms.

2. An atom is the smallest amount of an element. It is composed of sub-atomic particles ‘“ neutrons, protons, and electrons.

3. A particular element is composed of only one type of atom.

4. Atoms combine to form molecules; when all bound atoms are alike, they form elements.

5. Fundamentally, the term element came about when the periodic table was introduced to describe kinds of atoms.



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