By Bernard Moody
An up-to-date and revised variation, meant to supply a coherent origin to the examine of inorganic chemistry. New sections contain the form of covalent molecules in line with the speculation of electric repulsion, and the concept that of lattice power. workouts and recommendations are incorporated
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In theory, elements may be formed by constructing atoms of the appropriate atomic number by using this number of protons in the nucleus with the required number of neutrons as a sort of nuclear ballast and surrounding the nucleus at a distance with enough electrons to preserve electrical neutrality, the number of electrons being equal to the atomic number. Nothing has been said about the configuration adopted by these electrons. Many physical properties depend to some degree on the size of the atoms of the element under review.
The lithium atom, which has three electrons, has The Periodic Law a completed K shell of two and a new shell, L, startThe properties of elements are a periodic func- ing with one electron. The elements beryllium to fluorine, of atomic numbers 4-9 inclusive, have tion of their atomic numbers. progressively extra electrons in the L shell until The Periodic Table used today is a long form neon is reached. At this element, both K and L produced by extending the long periods of the shells are full. 5 and eleven electrons, one more than can be accominside the back cover.
The fundamental quantity for an atom is now known to be the nuclear charge, proton number or atomic number, not the atomic mass. The graph showing atomic volume plotted against atomic number for the elements is shown in Fig. 1. It is essentially the same as that produced by Lothar Meyer. It is observed that corresponding positions on successive peaks belong to the successive elements of each periodic family. Although atomic volume, as defined and measured here, depends on so many factors, it seems reasonable to suppose that this periodicity is related to the electron distribution in the atoms selected.
Comparative Inorganic Chemistry by Bernard Moody