Atoms, compounds, and ions

Chemistry is the study of matter, and all matter is made up of atoms. We will learn about elements, atomic number and mass, isotopes, moles (chemistry moles, not the animal), and compounds.

In chemistry, we will often be thinking about the world on a much smaller scale than you can see with the naked eye. Here we will learn about atoms and elements, tiny particles that make up the world around us. What are atoms, and what kind of properties do they have? How do we weigh and count atoms? We will answer those questions in this section!

Learn how mass spectrometry can be used to detect isotopes, atoms of the same element with different numbers of neutrons.